Over the years I have had the privilege of meeting some truly dedicated individuals that work/worked in the activity profession. This past week was no exception. I presented/attended several district meetings in Virginia, and when the participants went around the table to introduce themselves, they also shared how long they had been in the field. In one of the meetings there was over 500 years of experience in the room. In many cases throughout the country the same selfless volunteers, serve as the board/committee members as well as work their full-time jobs. While touring facilities in the different areas, one gal made me smile with this comment, “Oh my Goodness, I have only been in the field for 4 years, I can’t imagine being in this job 25 years from now, how do you do it, better yet, WHY?” The seasoned activity professional I was with, responded to her without hesitation. She shared with her that for those that have been around for numerous years, it is” Passion versus a Paycheck.” Sure, while we need income to pay bills and such, nothing compares to the hands-on experiences that you can bring to your residents, and that they reciprocate so willingly back to you. My hats off to those of you who are making a difference in the lives of your residents, who are laying the foundation for the next generation of activity professionals. Thank you to those that paved the way for the current generation of activity professionals. The contributions, wisdom and sacrifices you made to elevate the profession to where it is, will forever be appreciated.