2013 was the year I learned to live. To stop waiting for things to happen. And to pursue my dreams.
2014 will be the year of the horse, my zodiac, my year. While it will require the utmost faith, discipline, and perseverance to make it through, I know it will be an adventure of a lifetime!
And I cannot wait to find out where it brings me and what I will learn!
You see, in 2013, I had begun to see medical school as a means to an end. I just had get through these last one and a half years to become a doctor, I told myself, and then residency would be when life truly started. Residency, I thought, was when I would really invest. In work, in the location, in church, and in friends. Residency, I said, was when I would explore, travel, and find love.
But then it dawned on me – this wait for things to happen – was not living. And most of all, life was not going to change during residency. Because I could say and do the same things for fellowship. And then for becoming an attending. And so on and so forth. The change had to do with the person within.
2013 had started on a rotation that was challenging both emotionally and physically for me. And before I knew it, I was faced with making big changes and even bigger decisions. I had to find a new apartment, take my final Board exams, and decide on a future career path. Yet I was comfortable where I was and wanted to delay the inevitable.
But let me tell you – sometimes getting uncomfortable is the necessary breath of fresh air and the kick needed to get things started! It wasn’t so bad after all, I realized. I ended up loving my new apartment and roommates (shout out to my little women!), did well enough on my exams to apply for my dream specialty, and to top it off, sucked it up, and found a yoga and dance studio to start going to. I stopped waiting and started living. And my oh my it’s been such a sweet change! This was the shift in perspective I needed.
Looking forward, this is the year I will at last graduate from medical school and hopefully get my first “doctor” job. I find out in less than two weeks where I “match” for my chosen specialty, which starts in 2015, my second year of residency, and lasts for three years. Depending on the results, I will document my journey here to help those interested in the same field! And in March, I will find out where I will match for my intern year (this year). And then I will have two blissful months of vacation April-May (that I am recruiting travel buddies for!!) before residency begins.
Ahhh, I cannot believe I’m so close to the end of one chapter, and the beginning of another! My heart is filled with so much thankfulness for those who have helped me along, especially during this latter interview season, and with trepidation as my future unfolds.
But let us all press forward together, and dedicate another year to living fully, fruitfully, and fortuitously!! Cheers!
This year, I resolve to make small changes for big results:
1) Pray more. (Read more. Share more. Serve more.) I am such a strong advocate for prayer and I believe it truly makes a difference! Yet despite that, I know I can do so much better with my prayer life. I am challenging myself to pray everyday for 6 months, including for my future husband (HAHA now I am embarrassed to even type that… it seemed like a good idea a few minutes ago. :P)
2) Invest deeply in others. I am surrounded by so many outstanding men and women, and I cannot wait to spend time and get to know them better! I also want to visit as many old friends as I can before work starts. Themed dinners at my place to come. =)
3) Live within my means. I will be earning my own paycheck, and want to be able to manage my own income and begin to save a reasonable percentage per month.
4) Eat healthy. Ever since I started exercising regularly, I have noticed an increase in energy and strength! It feels wonderful to be able to accomplish things I never thought I could do. My diet, on the other hand, is abysmal. My goal is to be at the best shape of my life by graduation.
5) Continue living, laughing, and loving! May this joy and hope never cease. =)
How I spent my New Years:
1) Figured out how to live stream BBC One for none other than the start of Season 3 of Sherlock. Amazing and well made that I can’t wait for the next episode already! I just hope we don’t have to wait another 2 years for season 4 (fingers crossed.)
2) Chinese parent dinner party. Translation: amazing food, lots of little kids running around (suddenly I’ve turned into the oldest?!), and plenty of hong bao. All in all, pretty wonderful. :)