Tuesday, May 08, 2018

Teddy Bears and Security Blankets

Among the programs we like to watch are re-runs of M*A*S*H. (And can you believe the "police action" which was the setting for the show took place half a century ago?) Anyway, one of the things that is part of the show is the stuffed bear that the company clerk, Radar, sleeps with. His teddy bear (ratty, and with one eye missing) is his "security blanket" of sorts. And he doesn't want to part with it.

I thought of this the other day as I completed the Continuing Medical Education I do on a regular basis as part of the requirement for continuing my license to practice medicine in our state. I've been retired from medical practice for about fifteen years, but I continue to fulfill the requirements and pay a rather hefty amount to keep my license current. Why? It's not just because I occasionally am called on to prescribe. The license isn't something I renew regularly because I worked awfully hard to get it. When it comes down to it, I believe that I keep it active because--deep in my heart--I don't know if this writing thing is going to work out during the time of my "retirement." So I like having another profession as a security blanket.

How about you? Is there a thing or an activity that you're unwilling to turn loose of because you don't want to lose your security blanket? Realistic or not, many of us have something we're still hanging on to. I'd be happy to hear about yours--or your comments on mine.

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7 comments:

Priscilla said...

My teddy bear is my decades of competitive swim coaching. I'm ABOUT to let it go (it's time). Hmm, I wonder if I can work a swimmer into my next story. ...

Richard Mabry said...

Priscilla, most definitely use your experience as a swim coach in your writing. Excellent thought.

Patricia Bradley said...

I don't really have anything to fall back on...but then it doesn't take much to make me happy. ;-)

Richard Mabry said...

Patricia, I think the fact that I have a "security blanket" of medical practice speaks volumes about my self-confidence as a writer. Thanks for your comment.

Shelia64 said...

mine would be a old shirt of my dad's

rayofhope said...

My security blanket is my Occupational Therapy license. I keep it "just in case". Just in case this writing thing does not pan out or just in case the kids decide I have visited them enough, lol.
I can relate!!!

Richard Mabry said...

We all have a "security blanket" we hang onto, whether it's a piece of paper or a piece of clothing. Thanks for your comments.