The 3 Fundamental Purposes in Life

17 Mar

For the past several months, a group of men and I have met every 2 to 3 weeks for lunch and discuss a book.  This is a group of men from church and the conversation is decidedly from a Christian world view, but the topic is real life, not religion.  Our current book study is “Wild at Heart” by John Eldredge.  In the book, the author writes about 3 fundamental needs in life  to fulfill what God made us to be.  In my own interpretation of his teachings, these 3 areas are relationships, adventure and challenge.   I have found that these 3 fundamental needs are true and so profound.  I think one of the things I love about being an AT is that all 3 of these fundamental needs are met within the profession.


ATs are all about relationships and the relationships we experience are unique within the healthcare setting.  We see our patients on a daily basis.  We see them when they are healthy.  We often visually see the injury happen and if not, we are often there within minutes of the initial trauma.  In the traditional setting of the high school or college, we get to foster these relationships for 4 or more years.  We often get to work for years with coaches, athletic directors, athletic families, communities, doctors, PTs, etc.  These relationships are valuable to our profession and to us individually.


Athletic training is full of adventure.  I have begun to photo journal all my unusual AT gigs that I get to do, playoff games and various work venues on my Facebook Wall.  As I look back at the places I have gone, games I have witnessed, events I have covered, I see adventure.  Every day is a new day in the world of athletic training.  Mondays are always an adventure because at the high school level, you don’t know what club sport injuries you will see.  I hear from my college comrades that Mondays are an adventure for them because they never know what injury happened do to adult beverage consumption by college students 😦  Athletic training is full of adventure.


In his book, Eldredge calls this a battle to fight, but I feel that is too strong of wording.  I felt challenge is a better term.  Circumstances will challenge you, education will challenge you, relationships can challenge you and even adventure can challenge you.  Many people are afraid to challenge the status quo, but that is one of the fundamental needs to a fulfilling life.  Challenge yourself, challenge others, get out of your comfort zone, rise above your surroundings and make everything better around you as you live life.  Those who buck the trends, those who think outside the box, those who are never complacent are often those who are the most fulfilled in life.

Over the next few entries, I will write more of my thoughts and lessons I have learned from the hard knocks of life.  I also hope that many who read this find their fundamental purposes in life and work towards fulfilling those needs.

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