• Sara & Colin Taylor

Conference High

The medical community is in the midst of conference season - the time of year to get some CME credits, to meet up with colleagues, and even just to have an excuse to get away from the daily grind. On Twitter, most major meetings use hashtags so even if you aren't at the conference you can follow along, or if you are, you can see what others are saying about the conference sessions that you may not be attending.

We heard someone recently refer to the "conference high" and thought that perfectly coins the byproduct of an awesome, inspiring conference, meeting or event. These types of medical conferences are becoming more popular where a 'tribe' has formed even before you arrive at the conference. This very recent post How Social Media Amplifies, Unites, and Inspires - The Brave Enough 2018 Case Study by Dr. Marjorie Stiegler speaks to this effect that's happening where ultimately you end up in a conference room with 'your people', who are speaking your language. The impact is somewhat of a high - feeling energized, inspired, and ready to conquer the world. 

Feeling us so far?

We personally can't say we've been to any of these recent conferences but certainly have had experiences resulting in the same vibe. Problem is once we're removed from that said environment, back into 'real life', the balloon of inspiration and best intentions often deflates.

Know that you're not alone in this feeling. This can happen after a good talk with someone, after listening to an inspiring podcast, taking an educational program you're jazzed about, or reading a motivational book. We've all been there, and we will be again. However, isn't it reassuring to know we can bump up against these people and experiences in our lives where we truly feel we belong, we're heard, we're supported and we're inspired to make changes?

Take the highs when they come and remember sometimes they do last and help transform us more into the people we truly are.

“One of the most important things you can do on this earth is to let people know they are not alone.” ~ Shannon L. Alder


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