The picture above really spoke to me! In my opinion, anyone interested in becoming a physician should realize that medicine is a commitment and not just an interest. An interest is something you explore and get a feel for, but when the going gets tough there is always a back-up plan or a way to drop out. If you are truly committed to something, then there is no backing out. That means pushing through some difficult courses, jumping through necessary hoops in the admissions process, dealing with rejection, and even navigating the path alone.
Most physicians will tell you that if you can see yourself doing anything else, then do that instead. I have had a chance to explore many interests, and I cannot see myself doing anything else in life. I am committed to becoming a physician, and I will keep going even if that means enduring additional stress, more obstacles, and years of hard work. I know it will all be worth it in the end, but I am not naïve to the fact that it will not be easy getting to that point. There is no Plan B for me, and I am not willing to let anyone talk me out of my dreams. Even when faced with failure and rejection, I do not sit and make excuses. I take responsibility for my shortcomings and work to fix them in order to make myself better.
This post may come off as a bit of a rant, but it really amazes me how easily some people can give up on their goals. Committing to anything in life requires a ton of effort, and nothing good ever comes easy. I’ve also noticed that some of these same individuals are quick to blame others or a lack of handouts for their shortcomings. Realize that YOU are the only person who can achieve YOUR dreams, and do whatever it takes to fulfill that commitment to yourself. The end results will be that much more worth it.