Last week, we talked about endings, and as we all know, most endings are followed by beginnings. When it comes to our medical training/careers, we're frequently faced with endings and beginnings - the end of medical school marks the beginning of residency; the end of residency marks the begining of a fellowship or clinical practice. In fact, we might become so accustomed to this cycle that we're unknowingly looking for an ending and beginning once we're in clinical practice. Thoughts can start to settle in - Now what? Is this it?
Like it or not, these are the thoughts that many of us have even after we've clawed our way through 10+ years of post-secondary education. Isn't this what we all fought so hard to achieve? It is, but after the continuous cycle of completing one phase and starting another phase, it's okay that we aren't ready to embrace it right away. Or perhaps, we embrace it initially until the realization hits that we've reached our long awaited goal...and then worry that there's no where to go but downhill from here. Or does it have to?
We can create our own beginnings within our lives to avoid falling prey to these feelings that might resemble a mixture of disappointment, dissatisfaction and boredom. Instead, this is the point where we can become more curious about other aspects of our life - creativity, innovation and personal growth. It's time to start looking at our lives as truly "our lives", not one that is pre-determined for us by our medical training. The beauty is that a beginning awaits within all of us, each and every moment.
“Around here, however, we don't look backwards for very long. We keep moving forward, opening up new doors and doing new things, because we're curious...and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.” ~ Walt Disney Company