I’ve grown up walking shorelines. Each summer the beach reveals new contours. In one place, the span from dunes to the edge of the water has narrowed; farther down the beach, a vast expanse of flat sand stretches into the ocean. A sandbar appears just off shore, reachable at low tide through a gully brimming with life: minnows, crabs, starfish. While the core of my island stays constant, its shores are ever changing, shaped and reshaped by wind and water, tides, storms. Reflecting on this cycle of erosion and regrowth, I’ve come to see the process of professional formation in a new way.
Kirkland KB. Walking the Shoreline: Erosion, Regrowth, and Professional Formation. JAMA. 2017;318(23):2297–2298. doi:10.1001/jama.2017.18040
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