Looking back maybe it wasn’t the smartest decision. Would I do it again if given the chance? Yes. Would I do anything differently? Not at all. I wouldn’t change a thing. I had been studying for 10 days straight. I was about to finish my first semester of medical school and the only thing standing in my way was my anatomy final. I had spent all semester prepping for this moment. I had spent countless hours redrawing pathways from Netter’s. I had spent more late nights in the cadaver lab than I could remember. I had 5 pairs of scrubs that reeked of formaldehyde and I had sacrificed my sleep, my health, and my well-being to prove that I was worthy of being a medical student.
I say this all the time, but people need to remember that before they are a physician, before they were educated, before they were vegan, before they were anything - they were human.
Thinking big is looking in the mirror every single day and honestly asking yourself what is holding you back from completing the next step. You have to first change what you see in the mirror to put yourself on the path towards progress to your dreams.
“What you are capable of doing is not dictated by what you have done, what you are capable of doing is dictated by what you are willing to do.”
And while there is a small, yet subtle, difference in wording - the framework and context of how we set up our goals and aspirations shapes how we work day in and day out. At the end of the day, I don't want to just be a Dr. I don't just want the title of being a doctor. I want to embody what it means to be a physician. I want to be a doctor to my friends, my patients, my family, to the community around me, and everyone I come in contact with. Yes, I still have a long way to go to be a board certified physician, but I can work day-in and day-out to serve as an example of what it means to truly be a physician. A doctor isn't what I do, A doctor is who I am.