Let's test that.
Unique U (lol I’m funny)
You are unique. Yes, you. And everyone around you.
The more time I spend in med school, the more “things that can go wrong” I learn. After an entire lecture on only the most common things that go wrong within 2 weeks of our development as embryos, I am just surprised I exist. Not only that, but I exist along with billions of other humans that roam and have roamed the earth for years. We don’t even understand or know half the things that can go wrong. BUT WE EXIST. And babies continue to be born despite every little thing that must go right for that to happen. So you’re special. And so is everyone else. They made the cut.
It’s also funny that things still go wrong…but it’s perfectly okay. A little umbilical hernia here, a missing palmaris longus there. We even designed an enzyme to make mistakes while replicating our DNA so that we can have genetic variation. WHY IS THIS OKAY?!
Maybe we can learn from our own bodies. It’s okay to make mistakes, as long as you can still come out okay from them. Live with it. It’s okay. You somehow made it this far.
September 12, 2014
Today, I “learned” so many things man….just trying to keep up with anatomy.
Make Friends With Your Waiters
My brother told me he almost always makes friends with his waiters. And before he went off to college, I wouldn’t have believed him. But one evening, when we were having dinner at Olive Garden, he struck up conversation with our server about a recent movie release. It ended up being one of my favorite dinners, and we didn’t leave without writing up a review online about how great the service was. We enjoyed that dinner not only because it was shared with family and friends, but also with strangers that we had met that very hour. Another time, when we went to pick up a pizza, he asked for the cashier’s help in convincing my cousin to ride roller coasters we would encounter the next day. Each time, we would leave happier and the server would wish us goodbye with a bigger smile than the usual.
It’s not cool anymore to be the one to care less and avoid the people around you. It’s all about learning perspective. People go out of state or even out of the country for college, take those random classes out of their major, and join clubs on a whim just to burst out of their comfort zone and gain more perspective. What else is it really but making an effort to establish a relationship with others? After all, we’re all strangers until we let ourselves “accidentally” fall into friendship.
July 10, 2014.
Today I learned: The story of the Planet of the Apes. I don’t like scifi very much, but the guys made me watch it, and it’s not too bad. Watched the first one a few days ago and the premiere of the Dawn tonight.
Tomorrow Is Just a Future Yesterday
I don’t have any big regrets, but I am realizing more and more how many opportunities have passed me by because I did not feel ready at the time. And I know it’s completely fine not to feel ready…It’s just not okay to make it a regular excuse. Nobody is ever ready for something that is new, because it is just that. New. Unfamiliar, possibly challenging, out of your comfort zone, but always a learning experience.
When making a decision, we tend to prematurely gauge the value of something. That’s just added pressure to divert our focus from “What should I do?” to “Are you sure?”, and further self-doubt and confusion. Why is it that everyone thinks they overthink, that their brain is crazy, and too many thoughts are running through their mind simultaneously? Probably because it happens to everyone. Things are actually simple, we just tend to overcomplicate them by trying to find things wrong so that we can justify our self-doubt. We focus so much on making an optimal decision that we fail to realize that the important thing is making a decision and then optimizing it.
So here’s to more doing, and less overthinking. Because if that overly-active mind can live up to its name, I can think up a solution to whatever I do wrong along the way.
June 27, 2014.
Today I learned: The different types of insulin medication - fast-acting and long-lasting.