motivation boost

I’m having finals in a few days and here’s some motivation boost if you need some ๐Ÿ™‚

All the best to all of you hoomans out there!

it’s not a bad life, just a bad day.

Today I messed up an experiment discussion and my partner and I were told off for being unprepared and so we were advised to redo it again another time.

There were 2 things I gathered out of this.

Firstly, the time you invest in something might not always translate into reward proportionally. Although I was told off for not preparing well for the discussion, I spent an entire day researching on the science behind the experiment and even with that amount of time invested, I still could not be confident in the knowledge I gathered. During the discussion, I found myself unable to answer questions I studied for and answered some question wrongly. I was really disappointed in myself and thought that I shouldn’t be angry that my efforts did not translate. I have to accept that the world is not entirely fair and some people have to study more than others to give the same results. I have to be a hard worker.

Secondly, I still struggle with pride. I learnt this as he was telling us off that we would barely pass with the answers we gave him. In my head, it was really chaotic because I was thinking that the other people in the lab could hear us and at the same time, I was processing the words he said. His words felt like piercing swords into my chest and pushing them deeper in as he continues to emphasize on our lack of preparation. I wanted to answer him and told him we did study for it, we tried very hard, so he had no rights to degrade us in such a way. But instead, I held back and said that we would do it again, and ended off with a “thank you”. I said thank you, because I realised that him telling us off is a good thing. He is telling us we lack a strong foundation in understanding of this topic and that we should do something about it. I further linked this to the future. If I can’t handle his words, how am I going to thrive in a world full of critics?

I have to admit that as I write this, a little shame, anger and disappointment still lingers. But for sure, I will channel this to positive work and I will try harder to impress him next week.

Self improvement is important, and so I set aside my pride and learn.

motivation for pre-med and med students

Medical school is not a place for smart people, but for those who are insane enough to dream for it, pray for it, work hard for it and live for it.

It’s for those who are crazy enough to want the sense of purpose that fuels their veins.

And it is insanity, then let it be, for even if it means more sleepless nights, more examinations to pass, more years in university and more sacrifices to endure.

Nothing will change. I will still keep choosing this path over and over again even for a hundred more days and a thousand more years. And nothing in this world can stop me from taking an adventure as worthy taking as this, even for a million more lifetimes.

I stumbled upon this and I knew that this was the motivational quote I have been looking for for years. Every part of this quote, I am able to agree with, with conviction. Reading this quote gives me strength during burn outs and keeps me in track when I lose sight of what I want to do with my life.

I thought I’d share it with you guys, who ever is in the chase towards a life-long career like me too ๐Ÿ™‚

donโ€™t just say thank you. say it with their name too!

In the midst of all the stress from finals, I have entertained countless thoughts on bailing on friends and escaping my other commitments that were considered โ€œtime wasted that could have been put into studyingโ€. But after gathering my thoughts and courage, I have conquered my demons and avoided cancelling on my other commitments.

So this morning, I found myself grateful to have decided to pull through with my commitments.

Today at the cancer centre, I met a wonderful lady who I got to know over the few hours together. She was a survivor and still going strong. She got to know of my life plans and she was very supportive and reassuring.

The joy from knowing that she believes Iโ€™m on the right track, was translated into a more delightful mood. So as I interacted with the patients, I was really joyful and kind. The slightest bit of rejection was fleeting and did not hit me at all. Further down the ward, a patient thanked me and even said my name. I was really surprised that that hit me so hard. I was used to receiving thanks from patients but hearing it with my name made it so personal and impactful. :โ€™)

Once again I was reminded why I do these things despite being busy with school and other commitments. It keeps me in check and prevents burn outs. There is a simple joy that knowing the patients are cared for, that satisfies me to the bone.

So hey, next time you thank someone, if possible, say it with their name too ๐Ÿ™‚ you might just make their day!!

stressed out

Finals are fast approaching and I’m holding my breath!

The closer the deadlines appear, the more I feel like the walls of my room are closing in on me. I can tell I have been getting too much stress in my system because my thoughts of stress eating are coming up.

That’s okay. What are finals. The life ahead is bigger than finals. All I have to do is just do my best ๐Ÿ™‚