Happy Thanksgiving!

I have a lot to be thankful for this year.  There’s no way to list all of them, but here are a few things that have been on my mind.

1. I was mostly healthy this year.  No severe manic or depressive episodes for once.  A few small injuries but nothing permanent.

2. My friends/family are awesome and supportive.  Well, some of members of my biological family at least.  But I consider my friends my real family nowadays anyway.  I’m lucky to have them in my life.

3. I passed and met milestones in med school this year.  I was afraid I was going to fail some clinical rotations after some of my academic troubles in the past.  I didn’t honor anything, but life’s still good.  And I will be an MD soon-ish.

4. The United States hasn’t imploded.  After Trump was elected president, I thought he would completely destroy our country.  Even though there’s been some ridiculous things said and done, we are still standing and other friendly countries haven’t severed ties with us. Still surprised there hasn’t been a stronger push to impeach him.

5.  I’ve had some wonderful experiences this year.  Playing in an orchestra, going to concerts, enjoying new restaurants, traveling to fun cities.  I know I’m very lucky to have the free time and funds to do these things.   Hopefully I’ll get to do this next year too.

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#MeToo

I am fortunate to have never experienced sexual harassment or assault.

On the other hand, several of my friends (both male and female) have posted on social media that they too had encountered this at some point in their lives.  Some revealed details about the entire incident, others left it at “me too”.

Obviously these are horrible events and I wish they never had to go through it.  Their stories did leave me wondering if I could truly understand what they were feeling, having never had it happen to me.  I am glad that these past weeks have brought awareness to the problem but I think we need to provide more resources and education to the public on how to prevent sexual harassment/assault from occurring and how to support the victims afterwards.  It’s not enough to just say it happens.  (A lot.)  It’s time we did something about it.

Success

What is success?

Maintaining a 3.0 GPA might be success for one student, but failure for another.  One may only feel successful in life if they find a job, get married, and have children.  Many people would consider finishing a marathon to be a major success.  On the other hand, simply getting out of bed could be success to someone who is severely depressed.

Success is more than achievement of a goal.  It includes meaningfulness (is that a word?)  It carries an element of pride, from you or the ones around you.  It brings joy.  But sometimes I have to remind myself that I can still be happy even if I don’t succeed.  I tell myself I can’t accomplish everything, but any little bit of progress I make is still important. 🙂