Friday, September 7, 2012

All about balance (take it slow)

This weekend AQ and I had party-time thousands of miles away. We took a short break from med school and dental school to talk about life, laugh about the usual A+Y things, and put on our party hats. We text twenty times a day about classes and school (“My clothes smell like formaldehyde!” “Biochemistry test tomorrow!”) but it’s nice to chat real-time. Technology is incredible.


Today I came home to find this lovely care package from Alex.


Katherine Larson studied writing and biology as an undergraduate and got her master’s in creative writing. She takes biology and uses it as material for her writing. She’s just one of those amazing people who found a way to bridge her two passions. Alex and I aspire to do the same. We are both a little anxious because med/dental school is pretty busy. We don’t have time to read or write as much as we want to.

But I’m trying not to stress out about that long-term vision just yet. As Apoorv said (and I actually wrote this down word for word in my planner) “Yes, you need to balance your long-term and short-term goals. But you have to get the task done in front of you to go to the next place.” And there’s so much we have to get through first, like these four years of dental school. Or even just the next embryology exam…

I was listening to Ordinary People by John Legend today and these lyrics spoke to me. I know he’s talking about relationships (and his gorgeous girlfriend) but look:

We’re just ordinary people
We don’t know which way to go
Cause we’re ordinary people
Maybe we should take it slow

Now if AQ could just spare a weekend getaway to Philadelphia, then I’d be a real happy camper.

How do you keep your eyes on the prize while focusing on the present?