Thursday, May 24, 2012

What do you expect?

It's getting kind of annoying that a few of my fellow classmates LOVE to complain about everything.  Why sing the sad song..of I'm so behind in my studying.  This is so much material.  I'm so burned out. BLAH, BLAH, BLAH...What do you expect?  You are in medical school.  By now, I would think you should be familiar with the heavy workload.  So, stop with the complaining.  Stop it, ALREADY!!!!

I'm putting  in extra effort to surround myself with opportunist.  People that take the opportunity to see the good in this temporary experience.  Don't think you are warning me with all your horror stories.  I dont want to hear it.  As Im waiting in line to get something to eat: complaining....As Im walking to and fro: complaining....If I hear one more person asking me the cliche question, "how's everything?" and I know they are in hopes that I crumble and join the band wagon of complainers...Im going to scream.  If they would spend that energy on looking at the bright side..things would not seem like a ton of bricks on their shoulder every day.

Today, one classmate that I have not seen all this semester, saw me in line and said, "so, how's everything, rough, huh?"  If you already have summed up my experience, please don't ask me about it..just continue to assume my world is like yours.   I try with all my might to talk about other things, like the beautiful scenery we have here, the nice breeze in the air, the movie that is showing this Friday, going tubing, snorkeling, what's for dinner? etc, etc...

I've decided, Im not going to complain about the lectures, the professors, the questions,  and all the stuydying that I need to get done each day, week, or month..I am going to embrass this as just a small piece to my bigger puzzle.  And it's just for this season in my journey.  The puzzle is coming together.

Im already looking forward to my next level in this journey.  I see myself making it to the other side.  I see myself accomplishing my dream.  I'm continually keeping that in front of me...I am going to enjoy this experience.  Because, I'm laying the foundation of, "remember the good ol' days, when I was in med school." 

That's right each day of our lives we are laying the foundation for the next level, the next floor that is being creating in our floor plan of life. If we lay a deep and solid foundation...we can build a taller building (DREAM BIG). The deeper the foundation the taller the building.  And believe me it matters what material you use to build your foundation...
Burj Khalifa - The Tallest Man made structure in the WORLD

What do I now expect, now that I'm here and this is not my first rodeo?  I expect new material to be presented to me.  I expect a lot of new but very interesting material.  I expect to make it through these basic science courses and move on to my clinicals.  I expect to do well.  I expect to reap the benefits of my labor.  I expect to live a good life.

So, no more band wagon mentality.  No more focusing on things that have no obvious successful consequence to where I want to go or be in life.  It's fruitile, incapable of producing any reasonable or useful result.  I will excuse myself from such conversations...and move on with excitement and great expectation about my future.

SO, what do you expect on your journey in pursuit of purpose?  Expect challenges..but, focus on overcoming them.  Expect people trying to lean on you, but learn to push them off.  Expect good and watch good follow you.  Expect a positive outcome in the midst of overwhelming circumstances, and a positive outcome is yours. 

Push through....Rest up ....and Push some more...After all, you are in pursuit of purpose...Purpose is definitely not a destination, but a journey...that can be built on the joys of life...You chooose....

I ask you again...What do you expect?


  1. Wow I am so happy that you have a blog, I am currently studying for the MCAT, it seems tough right now, but I have to keep on pushing this whole summer until August 10th arrives. I want that tough medical experience that you're experiencing at the moment. I have to stay positive!

  2. Best wishes on your studies...Do all the practice questions you can...Keep in mind the KCAT is just a piece of the puzzle...Do your best and positive results will follow. I can't wait to hear your GOOD NEWS. You are on the right track. Keep up the good work...."And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not." Galatians 6:9

    Wishing you the Best...

  3. Hello,

    I have been reading your blog since August of last year. I am a 35 year old black female who always dreamed of going to medical school. You inspired me to take the plunge-despite what others said. Today 5/25/12 I was accepted to SGU 5 year post bacc to MD program. I want to thank you even though you don't know me. All glory belongs to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Now unto him who is able to do exceedingly and abundantly above all that we can ask or think according to the power that worketh in us. I pray that God continue to bless and keep you. You wrote in one of your posts now go live your dream. By the grace of God I intend to do just that!

  4. That is absolutely wonderful...I am sooo happy for you...Best wishes on your journey....Keep the faith..and let me know how you are doing....God Speed..

  5. Thank you for ALWAYS having a positive encouraging word!

  6. What would you say to a 41 year old female who has always dreamed about being a physician? I've been in the pharmaceutical world for 17 years, but have always longed to practice medicine. Is there any advice to calm the fears about pursuing my dream, but at the same time keeping life going for 2 children in private school and a mortgage to pay? Thanks. :)

  7. I would say....turn your fear into your fuel...yeah, I know that sounds so cliche, right....But, the truth of the matter is how bad to you want it?

    You know what Im afraid of at the end of my life, I look back and say, "I wish I would have ___________" and especially if the only thing that stopped me was me.

    You can come up with a plan of execution that is good for your lifestyle, your current obligations and work it...Im not sure if you read my earlier blogs...but, early on this journey my husband became gravely ill with prostate cancer. And with the help of Almighty God, I managed to put together a plan that allow me to continue with my prereqs, take care of him and the children. As I look back..I know it was nothing BUT GOd and my will and determination to push forward...

    So, what would I say to you? You can do it..take as long as you need..but, each day move in the direction you want to go. I have a classmate that has to be at least 65 years old....So, put your age on the shelf and GO do what you desire....

  8. I bookmarked this post to remind me. I read and remember that wait wait..I don't wanna be a whiney complainer. I'm doing what I wanted to do so why am I complaining? Yeah.
    Love your blog. Even though I am not medical student, I am chemical engineering. (forgive

    1. Thank you so much for bring this post back to my remembrance..I love it..I sure needed to hear this again the past semester...Life is so wonderful when you open your eyes and see the beauty...

      Keep pushing forward Laura. This blog is for all people in different professions and walks of life that need word of encouragement along the way..So, please keep reading all that you need...We all can learn from each other...Principals and spiritual laws can cross all lines of demarcation....

      Best wishes on your journey..