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A word for those going through tough times
Wednesday, June 20, 2007
This post is as much for me as it is for friends I know who are going through rough times. We all face tough patches in our life and even though I'm only 23, and haven't experienced all life has to offer, we all go through times when we feel like all is lost. Tough times occur in all facets of our lives, our education, financial status, relationships and emotions just to name a few. There comes a time in our life where self doubt is always on our minds.

" Am I doing the right thing? "
" I don't think I am cut out for this."
" This situation is just too hard."
" I'm fed up with this situation."
" F**k this."

Those are just some of the things we ask/tell ourselves in times when we just can't see the silver lining. Or at least thats what I tell myself sometimes.

I know some of my friends, including myself, are going through a season where we feel like we might have made a wrong decision in choosing medicine, that its too hard and we're too stupid. I like to think that I'm a glass-is-half-full kind of person and that another way of looking at it is this:

Medicine is difficult, and if it were easy, there would be loads and loads of doctors roaming the streets. Its precisely because its not, that doctors are respected. Following that line of argument, it means that it is perfectly acceptable that we feel there is too much for us to handle. Because of the complexities and evolving nature of medicine, I think its perfectly ok for us to feel stupid and inadequate. In fact, I'd argue that there is no better time to do so; while we are still students. Rather than curl ourselves up in a ball, we should look at it another way, that while we are more than halfway there, we still have to continuously strive for excellence, to constantly push ourselves to work harder in order to be the person we have always envisioned ourselves to be.

To accomplish something meaningful in life you need self-sacrifice and perseverance. Easy tasks are a waste of time. - me

I'm probably not as inspirational as I sound in my head, but I hope you get the drift. No matter what you are going through, times of self doubt, depression or times of hopelessness, keep your chin up. And for all my friends who read chinese:

哎喲往著胸口拍一拍呀 勇敢站起來
不用心情太壞
哎喲向著天空拜一拜呀 別想不開
老天自有安排
哎喲往著胸口拍一拍呀 勇敢站起來
管它上天下海
哎喲向著天空拜一拜呀 別想不開
老天自有安排
老天愛笨小孩


As I mentioned before, this post is as much for me as for others who might feel the same way. I do hope that we'll continue to work towards our goal and just I know that we'll look back someday and be proud of what we've achieved.
posted by adrian @ 6:42 PM  
6 Comments:
  • At 12:24 AM, Blogger Sheena said…

    I really liked this post, Adrian. Esp. the idea that doctors (and thus, medical students), are special, and that d*mnit, it IS hard being us :)

    Right, enough patting myself on the back. Time to hit the books again.

     
  • At 3:03 PM, Blogger Xiao_zhai said…

    I never got to find out the lyrics behind that song until now....

    It is hard,but not impossible....

    Hang in there, mate...

     
  • At 3:36 PM, Blogger raKoon said…

    Hear, hear! It is the difficult journey that will make it all worthwhile in the end. I'd rather survive hardship and live (or bitch :P) to tell the tale than to go through an uneventful, lukewarm, bland and meaningless life... Great blogpost. :) +yk+

     
  • At 2:36 AM, Blogger Sheena said…

    Just to add, I quoted you on my blog, and someone said those words really were encouraging.

    Keep it up!

     
  • At 1:34 PM, Blogger adrian said…

    I'm flattered that you would quote me on your blog... I'm just glad that its helped some people.

     
  • At 6:13 AM, Blogger caryn said…

    Excellent post. Thanks for the words of encouragement. Self-doubt is something all of us have been through/are still going through, I'm sure. Knowing that you're not alone really helps. We gotta just keep slogging on.. and one day (hopefully soon!) we'll start to see the light. :)

     
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