I should write this as a mental reminder to myself the next time I feel too homesick
I shared this conversation with Ron, my intern when we were on call on Jan 1 2011, and I told him how the night before, I was homesick- and missed celebrating joyous occassions with the family... and questioned about my choice for personal ambition whilst being so far away from home, whether it was worth it or not... this, after being away for so many years. (You know, they say the older you get, the more you want to be closer to your family)
And Ron replied with this: 'Sueyi, you're so young. It's a small sacrifice now for where you'll be later on'. And he was right. Because I cannot envision myself choosing a less driven pathway. I had wanted a place where I could be my best and have my potential tapped- and here's where it was going to happen.
That said though, nothing beats going home to see the loved ones :)