The moment finally came. The moment I have been dreaming about, kicking my butt for, and motivated by for the last 4 years. I finally have those 4 letters behind my name.
Caroline Cody, COTA.
I will never forget the moment I found out I passed my Boards exam and could finally, for the first time in years, celebrate that it was all. finally. over. I was in Siem Reap, Cambodia riding back to our hotel on a tuk tuk with Josh and our friends Constance and Phillip who were traveling with us. I yelled, my eyes teared up, we went out for ice cream, and I did everything I could to be present in that moment and experience the fullness of just how sweet that victory felt. There was nothing like it. I will smile with giddy excitement every time I think back on that day.
So what now? Well, Josh and I are currently traveling home from the big 2 week-long Asia trip we’ve been on, and now it is finally time for this girl to get a job. It will feel SO unbelievably good to work and get paid and keep learning and growing and adding to my skill-set and hone in on a specific area of practice that I can pour my heart and soul into. There is a huge world out there full of things I want to learn about and it really gets my heart beating fast thinking of all the things I want to accomplish now that my (formal) education is finished.
The last few years have taught me more than I can even fathom. It is going to take me a long time to process how this experience as a COTA student has changed me, how the patients I’ve interacted with have touched my life, and what it meant for my journey to accomplish something so significant. While I am sad to be finishing our time in Asia, and yet I am SO excited to be returning home to establish rhythms, take time for restoration, and lots and lots of journaling.
As for our trip, it felt like a dream.
14 straight days of hanging out with my sweet husband, 11 airplane rides, 5 different countries, and endless memories. I loved showing Josh Thailand, the country I was instantly smitten by the last time I met her, and seeing some incredible new places together. I checked Angkor Wat off my bucket list and swam in the Indian Ocean for the first time. Josh tasted his first street food in Bangkok and sipped sake in Tokyo. It was all such a dream. We laughed at bad translations, enjoyed time with great friends, and got cheap Thai foot massages almost every day.
Something about Southeast Asia makes me feel more like myself than anywhere else I’ve ever been. I feel alive. I feel less anxious and more present. While the surroundings are chaotic and frantic, I somehow feel settled and regulated. As hard as it is to make these trips become a reality. I pray I will always make it a priority when I can. Josh is already talking about planning our next adventure, which makes my wanderlust heart sing.
Now it’s back to air conditioning, routines, grass, job searches, and laundry. I’m so looking forward to what’s next, and unbelievably grateful for the last 2 weeks.
Caroline Cody, COTA (sorry, I’ll be looking for excuses to use my credentials for a long time to come…maybe forever)