I have probably been told this a million times over the years, but I am just now starting to fully understand it. There is absolutely no need to rush to achieve your goals. What is meant to be will be. I don’t know what has been going on lately, but I have been contacted by a couple of people within the past week looking for the fast-track to becoming a physician without going through all the steps. As an older non-traditional student, I can now look back and appreciate the extra time it has taken me to get to this point. I understand that there may be certain circumstances that make you want to push harder so that you can move past the difficulties of your current situations, but you should also focus on the bigger picture of things. It can be discouraging if things do not work out as planned, but these are also the times when you should recoup, reflect, and rejoice in any small new accomplishments that you have made. Do not look at what everyone else around you is doing, but focus on achieving your goals in a way that will benefit you the most in the long run. Last summer when I was stressing out over having to retake the MCAT, someone told me that it was a small thing to worry about, because five years from now it would not matter in the grand scheme of things. At the time, I thought it was a huge deal because most schools wanted me to have a higher score than what I had been able to obtain. Now that I have an acceptance, I realize that I probably did not need to do the retakes last year (I ended up with lower scores), and I now see how the exam was only a small factor in my success. In five years, it really won’t matter how well I did on the exam either. I could not see it then, but I definitely see it now. But in a nutshell, don’t rush to achieve your goals and try to enjoy yourself in the process. The picture below says it best.
This is something I was forced to learn when I had my son. I am so glad that I finally did!!!! You often end up redoing the thing you were trying to rush anyway or look back and wonder where the time has gone. Stop and smell the roses so to speak. They smell wonderful!! #futuredoctorReplyDelete
Exactly! When I had my daughter, my perfect plan went out the window! I ended up experiencing a lot more and learning more about myself though, so it's all been worth it. Plus, I still get to fulfill my dream! :-)Delete
Exactly! Plus my GPA didn't help. I was forced to reevaluate if being a doctor is something I really wanted or something I was pursuing because I had been saying it since I was 4 years old. Turns out it is what I want to do. But now I have returned with a vengeance and renewed determination to see my goal through to the end. I firmly believe that everything in life happens for a reason that is all intended to work out for your good and I believe that all my experiences although seemingly horrible at the time have truly helped to shape me in to a greater person which ultimately makes me a better doctor. I'm excited for what the future holds. Whatever that may mean. #futuredoctorDelete