Curveball

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People have this incredible capacity to surprise you, to make you wonder. This of course, can go both ways. At times, disappointment takes over and you ask yourself how you could not see someone for who they are. And these moments usually stand out in a negative way, long after that person is out of your life. Friendships drift apart, sometimes for no real reason other than the fact that you have less in common than before.

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But today I want to talk about those other unexpected times of clarity, when people come through and simply astonish you. When you walk on rocky shores and sway into the uncertainty that is the present, you realize that people are there to catch you. That when you pull away to make things simpler, you leave an empty space. It is good to be reminded of that sometimes. That you matter. And when there is no doubt in your mind that things will be ok, no matter what.

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Here’s to those people in your life, that matter most. Happy Tuesday.

The Siam Awaits

Tickets are booked! In a mere 2 months I will be heading to Thailand, not only as a much needed break, but also as a nice conclusion to this whole adventure we call medical school. In the best of company, me and my fellow travel mates from school will soak in sufficient vitamin D to last us the whole of residency, the next daunting chapter. Just kidding, vitamin D stores don’t quite work like that and the amount of hospital time that awaits us in the coming years will definitely keep us in a vitamin deficient state. However, we will have some great stories too look back on and to keep us sane.

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Last time I was in the South East Asia, was just prior to starting school; so this is a nice loop about to happen. I’d taken 2 weeks to travel through Thailand by myself, the first real solo trip. Those two weeks had felt like an eternity and somehow through cash retrieval issues, intense diving courses and gecko infested bungalows, I was glad to make it home at the time. And yet, I think I learned more about myself in those two weeks than in the 6 years of medical education that ensued.

As important as being able to travel on your own is, I very much look forward to returning to some of the same places and experiencing them with the people who have been at my side not only through every exam session and challenging rotation, but also people with whom I’d already travelled to India with.

In the final days of study madness, being able to look forward to this goes a long way.

Happy Monday!

Roommates and why we love ’em

Here’s why I already miss them:

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Roadtrip Time
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1) impromptu brunches

2) the kitchen always smells incredible

3) because binge-watching shows is more fun with them

4) you randomly get home delivered take-out food

5) they know how important warm blankets are on the couch

6) a walking tour of new york is suddenly filled with architectural fun facts

They are fun, spontaneous and I hope we stay in touch.

Have a great week!

M.

7) they come visit you in europe months later !

Growing up on the Move

A couple of things I loved about moving as a kid:

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And She opened her eyes to the magic of the world’
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1) having a growing number of friends from widely different backgrounds

2) getting the advantage of learning a new language in real time, making it your own, in a way you would never get to as an adult. Most of all, you speak and yeah, you make mistakes, but as a kid, you don’t care, you just go for it.

3) the sense of adventure you get when you find out, this is it, we really are moving to Australia or Canada, or wherever.

4) that when you know you’re only living somewhere for a year you make the most of it, whether that means taking your kids out of school for 3 weeks to road trip to Ayers Rock, camping style, or whether it’s living above your means for a couple of months. You tend to explore restaurants and national parks to a greater extent than someone who expects these incredible moments to be available to them for years to come.

5) having several places to call home, despite how torn you may feel between them at times.

Have a great week!

M.

The Diving Board

“Don’t be afraid of your fears. They’re not there to scare you. They’re there to let you know that something is worth it.” 
― C. JoyBell C.

The strange thing about the antonym of success is that it is something other than failure. It’s opposite is not trying. Failure, on the other hand means having the courage to step into the ring and fight what is rightfully yours – or not.

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First Step – take off those shoes?
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It means having the gumption to take a step towards your dreams and either see them crash on the solid grown or lift you higher than you thought you could reach. Isn’t it easier though, to sit in the shade, with a cool glass of lemonade and watch from afar as someone takes the plunge from the high diving board? Isn’t it tempting to criticize every pirouette completed prior that moment when your body glides through the liquid interface, into another realm, where movement is slowed, serene.

Sure, the high board may seem tall from afar, but it’s nothing compared to the vertiginous sensation of standing up top, seeing the blue reflection far below, and knowing that one wrong spin will send you down, flat onto the surface that suddenly feels hard as concrete, knocking the wind right out of your lungs. You know it may happen, you see the avid onlookers, half hoping for a humiliating spectacle, which would only comfort them in their own inertia – too afraid to try themselves, yet quick and ready to judge your outcome.

According to wikihow, here are the steps necessary to a successful dive:

1. working up to diving – or anything else that slightly scares you yet you have insanely but stubbornly set out to do.

2. get used to diving in headfirst – with of course having taken precautions to ensure that the pool/lake is of the appropriate depth to dive in head-first. Some projects are brazen – others just foolish and life threatening. Be brave, not stupid.

3. Do a dry run on land prior to diving into water– umm not sure how wikihow pictured this, frankly I think water is a less painful medium to fall on than solid ground, but hey, they are the experts. They do have a point though. Practice makes perfect, whether it’s exams or that tango lesson you’ve set out to take.

4. Crouch close to the pool and glide into the water – some things you can prepare for slowly, inching closer to the pool’s edge, other projects require that final leap of faith. Practice tests are great, but soon enough you’ll find yourself taking the real one. Are you ready?

5. Dive from a standing position – stand tall, be brave. This is your moment.

And I guess wikihow didn’t mention one last ingredient, great friends to cheer you on.

My dive was about 6 weeks ago when I took my board exams to see if I could practice medicine in the country of my choice. I felt nervous, and foolish for trying something so soon when we aren’t quite ready yet. Really it seemed insane. Unlike landing on your belly in a pool, you have to wait till you know if it was a perfect flop or a smooth dive. Today, my hands shaking, I was able to see that not only did I pass, but this may have been one of my best dives yet.

Cheers, M.

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New York Escape

Last weekend, New York happened.

Here is the recipe for what was a pretty incredible getaway.

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Ingredients:

– two cloves of friendly roommates

– one pound of real dough

– a pinch of time

– a smidge of spontaneity

Preparation time:

Although you can prepare this weekend ahead of time, it is also a great last-minute classic.

All you need is good humour and great team-work.  Many people say oh yeah let’s make these plans and never actually go through with it, so I’m really lucky to have such motivated roommates. Without them this trip wouldn’t have happened, it’s that simple.

As an appetizer we spent the afternoon in Central Park, kind of like sun-dried tomatoes. And yes, unknowingly, we ended up with our first sunburns of the year. So if I were to repeat this recipe, I’d add a dollop of sunscreen.

Next we had a wonderful side-order of Ramen restaurant experience, with pork buns and cheering when you enter the room. Although you can do this yourself at home, I strongly recommend the authentic experience (found at Ippudo West, in NYC).

The element of spontaneity which truly made this recipe, was seeing les Misérables on broadway. Incredible presentation, voices that send chills down your back, the whole sensory overload that you expect from this course.

The dessert was a platter of fine art with select pieces from Ernst Klimt and Egon Schiele In the Neue Galerie.

Overall, I wouldn’t change a thing. 🙂

Bon Appétit!

Back in Boston

So I got my wish, another placement in the top hospitals in essentially every field of medicine. I was glad to return to Boston and live with my lovely roommates yet again, and even more so that it’s started to warm up since january.

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7 Things I learnt this month:

1) it doesn’t always snow in Boston and people do actually venture outside longer than merely to get from point A to point B.

2) That I definitely want to work with kids

3) that New York is only a 4hr bus ride away

4) that I forgot how much fun blowing bubbles really is

5) that JFK grew up here

6) that there are wild turkeys in the city

7) that soaking pineapple in salt water makes it sweeter 🙂

Boston :)

Boston 🙂

7 ways I can be more successful before breakfast

Whether it’s regarding your professional future or a side project, these tactics help me achieve my goals.

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1) Short term goals – ensure that your goals are achievable. One liners that you can easily cross off your list. Seeing the end zone will help you maintain your pace till the finish line.

2) Although it is tempting to keep oneself motivated by having many pots on the fire, limit the number of projects you work on in order to ensure that your projects are followed through to completion.

3) Find out how to combine passion and efficiency. It’s hard to get things done that thoroughly bore you. If you are interested in your project and it has meaning for you, it will be easier to stick with the project.

4) Question everything – things can always be improved. By you.

5) Find your Niche- how can we better our current situation? What does our society need? Sure you can open a used book store, and it may be what you truly want (frankly I would love that), but if your community has no need for it, it will most likely fail. Find out what your peers need and find a way to provide it.

6) Be consistent. There are many people who start several projects and never finish them. If people know they can count on you to follow through, that means a lot.

7) Realize where you lose most of your time. It it’s tv shows or some other procrastination method you are addicted to, figure out how many hours you are losing which you could use to be productive.

It’s not much, but it’s a start.

Cheers!

From your hands to mine

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “By Hand.”

Perhaps the best and most unexpected gift I ever received was from my friend Marie. We are a group of friends who often came for potlucks to my place. There were never enough chairs or plates but we made do with what we had and it was perfect every time. So when she surprised me with a handcrafted set of matching plates for 6 people. The time and creativity that went into this gift makes it the best present I’ve ever received.

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