I am writing this post with a massive hangover. Needless to say, the weekend that just past was indeed awesome. Intermittent sleep totalling one hour is never good, but it’s a small price to pay. Let’s start from the beginning…
I decided to go visit some of my old university friends here in Canada over the weekend and true to form they never seem to disappoint. There were some who I haven’t seen in 2 years and there were those I saw when I came back to Canada last year. “So much has happened, yet nothing has changed.” The only thing that’s changed is that we’re all a little older. Most of my friends from back home are out of school now and some even bought their first homes. A lot of them have jobs and living by themselves or with significant others. It just seem like it was yesterday when we were all sitting in a cramped dorm room playing naked drinking games and pulling the fire alarm at 5am.
Over the course of 24 hours we had drinks at a restaurant, went to a keg party, stumbled in a bar, played rockband in an apartment located on the penthouse floor, popped champagne at 5am and went to a buffet. I think that was the order of events that night. It was just really nice hanging out with people who aren’t in medicine or people who put you down or give you backhanded comments to make themselves feel better. I’ve learned to ignore the latter.
Over the past 12 months I realised that I have lost that drive that got me into medicine in the first place. However, being home allowed me to rediscover that drive. I don’t want to sit here and pump out a bunch of resolutions that I know I’ll break as soon as this article is published. I just want to be healthy, surround myself with people who bring out the best in me, and do everything I can to get me into a medical specialty of my choice down the road. 3 things I know I’ll stop doing are talk about my business ventures and medical goals with certain types of people and stop giving advice to people who don’t listen in the first place. I’ve always been a competitive person, I was just focussing on the wrong things last year and I won’t let that happen again.