The Rebirth in Spring

Pictured Above: Priya Rajkumar, Chief Operating and Programs Officer at Metro Inclusive Health

The seasonal symbolism for spring alludes to religious celebrations such as Passover or Easter and the concept of rebirth and life renewed. As the flowers bloom during this time of year, many of us begin to undertake life transformations with the hopes of being a better version of ourselves.

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Recently, we sat down with Priya Rajkumar, Chief Operating and Programs Officer at Metro Inclusive Health, to discuss what the concept of rebirth means to her as it relates to this season.

“Rebirth equates to renewal not only personally but in reaching the nation. The flowers are blooming, and the grass is greener which allows me a renewed sense of who I am and the organization’s mission,” said Rajkumar. “It’s also a time that I look at all opportunities that lie ahead.”

This time of year is often looked at as an opportunity to remove things that no longer serve their purpose. Although this task comes naturally during this season, it should be a year-round practice.

Rajkumar said, “During this time we have the opportunity to look at what makes us stagger and stumble. We have to take a step back and let it go.”

Also during this time, growth is abundant from a natural and mental perspective.

When asked what piece of wisdom she received on growth that has carried on with her throughout her life, she calmly said “We can never really grow alone. To grow you have to people around you whether it’s spiritually, professionally, your community, friends, and family they help with your evolution.”

As we grow in experience and move into executive functions, it’s easy to lose track of the reasons of why we chose the professional life we did. Rajkumar explained that she has always been involved in social work, serving people; however, working with those impacted by HIV and AIDS was a role that chose her.

“I fell in love with the type of work, and it has kept me involved and more passionate,” she said.

During this season of renewal, we join Rajkumar in encouraging each of you to clean out the parts of your life that no longer are needed in order to make room for the growth that’s right around the corner.

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