Saturday, July 13, 2013

Breaking down Barriers....

I remember when I was in the military, there was a lot of talk about the four minute mile, what a great feat it was when Roger Bannister broke the four minute mile back in 1954!  Now, today the four minute mile has become standard of all male professional middle distance runners.  I was in top physical condition back then,  and number two in my squadron for making the fastest time amongst the women (second to a staff sergeant that ran daily > 5 miles) , that was a huge accomplishment for me.  Because prior to the military, running was never on my list of things to do. 

Now, through the years I've managed to make huge strides in breaking down barriers (that may have been preconceived or may have been real.)  I was the first person in my family to graduate from college.  I had a successful military career.  I had a successful professional career.  I had the home with circle drive way and pool...And now I have embarked on new heights.....MEDICAL SCHOOL...This was a whole different ball game.  I can't use my charisma and innate charm to get the deal close or wine and dine my client to build a relationship.  This is just between me and the exams, the definer of progression or regression.  I must admit, it has not been an easy feat.  It has absolutely been humbling. 

Most people looking from the outside, say, "OH, you are smart. you can do it."  Little do they realize smart has nothing to do with completing medical school.  Think about it everyone here has high grades in college or they would not be here.  Some come from Ivy League school others from state schools.  It has to do with stamina and perseverance.  We all have the same struggle...Trying to master medical school written exams.  I marvel at how the questions are written...the exam writers have to be genius.  I never would have thought med school would have been this challenging. 

I have cried after exams, I have left hopeful, but all that was turned around once I got my score.  But, THIS DAY, JULY 12, 2013....Things have changed for me.  I got my first "A".  OMG, what joy I felt.  I did cry, but this time it was from accomplishment...I couldn't stop the tears from rolling...After the many times of falling and getting back up...taking it one day at a efforts have paid off... I broke down my barrier.  I manifested what I've been saying from my very first exam, "I'm going to get an A on this one." 

There may be a wall in front of you and you just can't seem to get around it or it doesn't seem like it's ever going to move.  Know this, if you continue to make efforts in breaking it down, IT WILL FALL.  My mom always told me, "How do you eat an elephant?  One bite at a time."  So, no matter how big it looks, how impossible it may appear, YOU CAN BREAK DOWN THE BARRIER, YOU CAN WIN.  DON'T GIVE UP!  Stay in Faith and keep moving forward and it will happen.

Now, go live your dream.


  1. Nice Post. I always like to read encouraging words from you. It makes me feel that success in medical school is possible. No matter the level of diffculty, there is always a way to succeed.


  2. You are inspiring. When I get down sometimes as I press on in my journey to get into medical school as things look impossible your words of encouragement lift me up. God bless you! I keep you in my prayers.. ...

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  4. Thank you for sharing!

  5. That was just phenomenal.