One of the most consuming professions I have witnessed is the role and dedication of doctors. My Dad was a pediatric oncologist/hematologist. Back in the day, he always had his beeper on and was ready to head to the hospital when needed. He spent 45 years at the UofM with the drive and desire to give his patients the best care available. Even on most Saturdays and Sundays he would go to work to check on the children and talk with their parents in the pediatric cancer ward.
This degree of devotion requires a person to have a leisure activity. For my Dad it was time spent with our family and the love of sailing. Chasing the wind and water in the summer and gliding across a frozen lake in the iceboat in the winter brought a smile to his face.
Last year, I had the opportunity to photograph a series of doctors in their “Downtime” pursuits for the Minnesota Medical Association Magazine. All the physicians were more than happy to discuss their passions for what keeps them joyful and fills their leisure time.