It was a good year - one that has surely changed the course of my life.
I graduated medical school and became a doctor. Traveled through Europe where I met so many interesting people/ate so many good foods/saw so many incredible pieces of art, architecture, and cultures. Fell in love with so many things outside of medicine, in a good way. Met so many new friends as I started this new journey all on my own, barely knowing a soul. Started the 5 year journey in training to become a surgeon. This year has changed me in many big and small ways, growth on growth.
It has been 6 months into this new chapter of my life, and I'll admit - I thought I would feel like a completely different person, but I don't. It's more about the culmination of little things of every day, the habits and decisions, that make you who you are.
This season has taught me the importance of mindfulness and slowing down. There will always be more to do, more to think about, things will always get better once A, B, or C have been completed. When your schedule is crazy, taking time to relax or have fun has to be scheduled - rightfully so - but even then, the pressure is always there. In medicine, the need to think ahead is even more prevalent, a sense of heaviness that we hold with ambition. The importance is not that it is done, but who you are when you get there.
Remember that developing your genuine self (whether that be through friends, hobbies, enjoyments, exploring) is just as important as working toward your career goals.
With all of the ups and despite all of the downs, all I've ever wanted to be is who I am becoming.
So here's to more poetry written on the side of the road, historical landmarks, making memories for history, new and old friends, farmers markets, train stations, zoo lights, being outdoors, climbing mountains, dancing under the stars, rooftops, small moments, traveling the world, & finding things that set our souls on fire.
Peace out, 2017. Hello 2018.