Love. Live. Laugh.
Love all of humanity. When you give, give wholeheartedly. Be genuine. But don't expect anything in return if you are willing to give.
Don't close your heart up, let your past go. You deserve every chance of happiness and to be loved.
Everyone deserves plenty of this endorphin-inducer that warms your heart up and makes you all tingly inside :) It doesn't have to be romantic love. Just love; for all the people who mean something to you.
Bask in the sun. Walk barefoot through grass. Absorb the nature around you.
Savor the bites in your food. Feel the bursts of flavors.
Everyday is a gift. Greet it when you wake up in the morning.
Laugh. Laugh til it hurts your belly muscles; and you feel that cramp. Laugh til you cry.
Be in the moment. Don't get so caught up from the everyday tasks/rituals/work.
Most importantly; do what makes YOU happy.
The past week, I have met people living with cancer, who have so much else going on in their lives. A loving mother worrying for her son who has schizophrenia, battling to get that under control. A young woman in her teens, who has lost her mother and dealing with her disease on her own; whilst still learning to build her identity. A woman who lost her dad to suicide; and now her own mother diagnosed with cancer.
As said time and time again, everything I see at work, makes me realize how fragile life is, how lucky I am, to be healthy and to have my loved ones healthy, to have a shot in life to be someone who can make a difference and do good to my community.
Count your blessings. Be contented; learn to find fulfillment in all that you do- if not, pursue it.
A person at work said something to me,that made my day... She came up to me and said, "Sueyi, you're only 24..? I said SHH, and dragged her into one of the rooms so that our conversation would be private. She laughed. Then she told me someone had exposed it, when they were talking about me... Someone said that there have been a few patients that have said I'm a good doctor; and she said even one of the attendings (no names mentioned) said "Yeah, that's strange- because the patients don't usually say anything about the fellows"... Then she added, "I think it's because you are genuine and you really take the time to listen" And then I just felt on top of the world- because it's good to know that I am doing a decent job. I wrote on facebook later that day, "This is why I'm in heme-onc, to make a difference, no matter little or big!" :)
I think what is key is finding what you truly love, because then you can really give yourself to whatever it is that you're doing.
Learn to compromise. Don't sweat the small stuff. Have a big heart.
I am so lucky to have met a couple of nice friends the past week; and we have gotten up to some pretty good fun in the past few days ;) Small things in life that light up my days :)
*Dinner at a gorgeous restaurant, overseeing a lake with such a scenic landscape, surrounded by a pond with beautiful koi fish. Walking down Georgetown's M street, on the cobblestone roads, walking down the Exorcist Steps ;). Sharing a bite of Strawberry Cheesecake @ Ben & Jerry's. Walking down the harbor front. Sitting right by the water, feeding the ducks, having all of them surround your feet. Learning a bit about ducks from a wise old man, who was sitting next to us. Running into the fountain barefoot, enjoying splashes of water, getting wet. Walking across the Key Bridge, enjoying the view of the river. Laughing and talking along the long walk. Having home-cooked Indian food for dinner ;)
Meeting a new friend yesterday, over a meal of kebabs, pita bread and hummus. Laughing about hospital stories. Making plans prematurely -over future meetup happy hours, walks along the parks' trails, movie nights out in the park, etc ;) Catching up with friends on google hangout, the late midnight phone calls with friends in the "call room" lol
Moments that bring me joy; the simple life.
*back to the grind- for my ABIM Medicine boards on AUG 13- wish SueSue luck!* ;)