I’m not going to sugar coat it – the road you chose is hard. Medicine isn’t only a mental challenge, but a physical one as well.
10 hours a day of studying can be draining. 80 -100 hour clinical weeks are unnatural.
You don’t just do this for a month either. It goes on for years. Even after graduation (depending on the specialty) you will work ungodly hours.
So, why do it?
Well, one of our 6 core human needs is ‘contribution’. To fill this need you have to do something that’s bigger than yourself.
That is exactly what medicine is.
You are sacrificing your life to help save your patient’s life.
The late nights and early mornings will prepare you to one day save your first life. All the hours will be worth it the moment you first experience this.
What’s even better?
Well, it won’t just happen once. You’ll do it week after week.
Medicine allows you to put others before yourself. When you dedicate your life to the greater good – you end up reaching a certain level of fulfillment I can’t put into words. After all, finding purpose is what life is all about.
So, I say all this to say…
As you travel down this torturous road – you will learn things about yourself you never thought possible. You will surpass limits which you have previously placed upon yourself. You will do things that scare you.
You will find out what you are really capable of.
What previously seemed impossible will get done on a daily basis. Once you liberate yourself from these self imposed limitations – you will start living a life you could have never otherwise dreamed of.
The reason why so few experience this beautiful feeling is because so few go through the struggle. Most don’t want it and many who do it, quit half way through.
But, you’re not like the rest – you will make it. It’s the struggle that will shape your future. In order to truly grow as a person (another core human need) you must place yourself in uncomfortable situations.
So, don’t get irritated with the process. Instead, smile because you now know you will come out the other side a completely different, better, and stronger person. Understand few people will ever get to experience this.
C.S. Lewis said…
“Hardships often prepare ordinary people for an extraordinary destiny”