Today’s guest post is by author and physician executive Julie Rosenberg.
I have always wanted to write a book.
I grew up with a father who was an English professor and a high school principal. He stressed four things to his two daughters:
Learn to stand on your own two feet.
Pursue a career that you love and don’t let others dissuade you.
Choose to meet the obstacles that you will face head-on.
Learn to read, write, and speak well. He told us these abilities would serve us in all situations and in any career.
I have come to recognize in the intervening years that he was absolutely right.
By fourth grade, I was a passionate reader. I would wake before dawn and sit at the kitchen table, devouring Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Little House on the Prairie series and the Nancy Drew series. As I grew older, I started writing some short stories of my own. In high school, I loved taking English classes. I wrote (and re-wrote) paper after paper to make them better. It was grueling work—particularly since I attended high school prior to the widespread availability and use of computers and so all of my papers were typewritten. Still, I had always excelled at and enjoyed science as well and, by graduation, I knew that I would pursue a career in medicine.