New year. New me.
LOL, sorry. Wouldn’t be a new year if someone didn’t say it. Also…couldn’t say that with a straight face. Shoot me.
On a more serious note, 2017 was an incredible year. I learned to be consistent, I learned to let go, I learned how to push through time and time again in the face of
seemingly never-ending adversity, and I’ve plain ol’ had some really, really good times ( even when I probably didn’t deserve to).
Moving into 2018, I struggled to come up with a “resolution.” Truthfully, I still have yet to make one– probably won’t do it at all. But instead, I’ve decided to move forward with a theme for the year– a bit of a mantra, perhaps— known as:
The Year of the Sphere
Just last month, I travelled to North Carolina to attend the Duke University School of Nursing’s graduation, as one of my closest friends (and line sister) earned her BSN at the top nursing program in the country. It was such a great time and I didn’t realize it then, but I was totally inspired realizing how amazing and accomplished the people in my life are. All in very different walks of life — some on a path similar to my own, others in a different lane altogether. Just as much I as embraced the importance of solitude in this past year, I’ve also come to appreciate how crucial it is to surround yourself with people who just…get it. Who push you to be a better version of yourself, remind you to never get complacent, but also to reassure you of the greatness within, because sometimes along this journey it’s very easy to forget.
Others may refer to their group of friends as their “circle”, but I choose to see my support system as a sphere. Multi-dimensional, connections transcending the boundaries of space and time, all-encompassing — these are some of the ways I view the connections I’ve made and sustained in 2017.
Being in medical school is truly a trying time. It’s revealed to me so much about myself and how I interact with the world, but also about how self-less and giving my sphere has been toward me. During the next few months as I get into
the dreaded “STEP study mode,” (STEP = the first of many board exams that will largely dictate my medical career for the next few years) I move forward knowing that when things become overwhelming, I can reach out in any direction and know that friends, family, and friends who’ve become family will be there with a word of encouragement, a joke, a totally-hilarious-but-equally-relatable meme, a new album recommendation to study to, a crazy story, or a much-needed night out…anything to help push me through, as they have time and time again.
I’ve done none of this on my own. God has truly blessed me with the craziest, smartest, most ambitious, open-minded and open-hearted, soulmates. So to this post, I dedicate all of you. It’s strange to say, but my (many) moments of solitude have helped me notice that I’m never in this alone. And so I will cherish and forever appreciate these connections…in 2018 and beyond.
Peace & love (& STEP, & geometry, & 2018)
The I.T. Factor
Future Badass MD.