real doctors, real people - Amelia F. Drake

Amelia F. Drake, MD, a professor of Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery in the UNC School of Medicine, finds a calming rhythm in rowing crew.

real doctors, real people - Amelia F. Drake
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Amelia F. Drake, MD

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Nathan Clendenin wrote this.

As I prepared for this month's video shoot, I didn't expect to find what I did. Yet, life is full of surprises. What things seem to be in the beginning can often turn out very different in the end. When you take a step back and examine the overall patterns and shapes of your life over months, years and even decades, you'll likely find a lot of repetition. Discovering these rhythms of life is actually quite exciting and comforting. It adds meaning to what might otherwise seem random.

Amelia F. Drake, MD, a professor of Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery who specializes in pediatrics, has been rowing crew since her boarding school days.  Rowing for her is a lot like life.  The repetitive motions and the sliding have a calming effect, even while she's using all of her energy to pull the oar against glass-like water.  Drake takes her place in a boat powered by 8 rowers, guided by a coxswain-that’s the person in charge of the boat. Each individual slides and pulls, slides and pulls, as a team, working together and the boat makes progress. The more in harmony each individual is with the whole, the more progress the boat makes.

So before you watch this month's real doctors, real people video, take a deep breath and exhale slowly. Get ready to find the rhythm that Drake has found and maybe even start to feel the rhythms in your own life.

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