Friday, July 27, 2012

Finding Balance

This year my life has had a lot of change.  I started my first year of medical school last August.  I knew it would be hard and I knew it would be busy, but really before you are in it you have no idea.  I went from having all the time I wanted for the things that are important to me such as biking, running, cooking, taking pictures, playing with my dogs, and spending time with my wonderful friends & family, to debating if I have enough time to take a shower or brush my hair.  All of the importants of my life, of me, had to take a back seat.  I averaged 3-5hrs sleep per night, running 1-3 times a week, and eating cheese & crackers for dinner.  I realized how lucky I had been in the past to do so much, to have such wonderful people in my life, to learn what is important to me and how it keeps me whole.  During school I did all I could to hold on to some of those things but you never get to do as much as you want.  I am blessed to have such beautiful friends that did not give up on me.  Running kept me sane and my husband held me together.  This year I want to do a better job of taking care of myself by fitting in more of these things.  I would also like to do a better job of maintaining this blog.  So as I begin my second year of medical school I have many goals but I realize that learning to be a doctor has to be the highest priority (along with my family and close friends).  I am passionate about the things I do and medical school is no exception.  I dont want to be an ok doctor, or a good doctor, I want to be a great doctor, so the sacrifices I make now will be to reach that goal but I need to hold on to the parts of my life that make me who I am, that keep me whole and happy.  So this year I will find balance....

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