Pitner Orthodontics - December 2019

THE STRAIGHT UP

December 2019

Hello, Goodbye The Power of Endings

“Always end the party while you’re still having fun.”

of the best racers on the track. Before retiring, he’d worked in the auto industry, so cars were literally his whole life. I was in awe of him. There are certainly people in my life who I want to still be there in 50 years, but there’s no hobby I can see myself doing for five decades. My attention span is just not that long! If you’re the kind of person who can stick with something your whole life and find joy in it the whole time, that’s awesome! But if you’re like me and you appreciate a good ending, then you probably enjoy this time of year, too. The end of the year is a time to sit back and reflect. We can think about what went well in the past year and what we don’t want to repeat as well as celebrate the start of something new. The end of the calendar gives us the opportunity to literally start with a fresh page.Whatever comes next should be enjoyed to the fullest while it’s here, even if it doesn’t last forever. “... IF YOU’RE LIKE ME AND YOU APPRECIATE A GOOD ENDING, THEN YOU PROBABLY ENJOY THIS TIME OF YEAR, TOO.”

–My mom (probably)

To be honest, I don’t remember exactly where I heard this quote for the first time, but for whatever reason, it’s always stuck with me. A lot of people don’t like endings because they seem sad, especially when something we love ends. No one wants to say goodbye to a friend, an opportunity, or even a really good book. But all things do come to an end, so why not end things when they’re still good? Plus, with that ending comes a chance at a new beginning. I’ve always been something of a serial hobbyist. When I find something new and interesting, I’ll get really invested in it, but I’m probably not going to stick with it forever.You might remember the stories of racing my Miata that I shared in my earliest newsletters. At the time, I’d been racing for over six years and had a blast. I loved the experience, and I loved the people I met, but I haven’t raced since 2016. I had a really great run, but I got to the point where it was time for whatever came next. This lifestyle isn’t suited for everyone, I know. When I was racing, my best friend on the track was a man who’d been racing for almost 50 years. He was 70 and still so sharp; he was one

I have to be honest again: The reason I wanted to talk about endings isn’t just because this is the last month of the year. This will also be my final newsletter. I have greatly enjoyed sharing my thoughts and ideas through the newsletter and have loved the many conversations it inspired with my patients. It was awesome to hear how often my words made people laugh or got them to think about something in a new way. I know that Buster has enjoyed getting to share his doodle thoughts with all of you too. It is so much fun sharing this newsletter with you each month, which means I should listen to the advice my mom (probably) gave me and end the party here. Thank you all for sharing in this journey. If you want to talk more, you know where to find me!

–Dr. Leslie Pitner

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