I put off seeing a chiropractor in Sacramento because I wanted to be cheap with my money. But when you hurt yourself and then ignore getting help, that’s almost a perfect way to end up needing to pay even more money because you allow the situation to go on and grow over time. I know this lesson well, yet, I don’t learn from it and make changes as often as I should. That’s how I handled my back problems. And as a professor at a large university, I can’t sit down and teach my classes every day. I need to move around. I need to be active for as long as I can so that I can keep my job.
I became a professor because my father was one. I admire him. He was incredibly smart and talented. Like most sons, I wanted to be like him when I grew up. So, I set out in school to do my best so that I could one day have a chance to get into the same Ivy League school that he attended and later began working at. I did not want him to see me fail at it. I wanted him to see that he had done a good job of raising a son who is just as smart as he was. I felt that it was important that he could see that he could be proud of me just as his father was with him.
When dad passed thanks to a horrific bout of cancer, it really affected me for a very long time. Before he died, he told me just how proud he was of me. It meant everything. But I realized just recently, that me being cheap and ignoring getting help was not smart. It could ruin my career. So, I did something about it last week and went to see a chiropractor.