The last few weeks have been hard. There has been a lot of studying going on with not much time for real enjoyment and not much of a real Off-Weekend. I generally don’t need much motivation to study since most of the time I truly enjoy doing it, but I’m tired now and Friday cannot come soon enough. Sometimes I get a numb feeling…I know I should be excited to learn about the hormonal, societal and genetic problems that lead to the development of diabetes, a disease that seems to be plaguing society these days…and I know I must pay attention in order to learn how to best help my future patients…and yet, that numbing feeling comes once in a while after a few days of sleep deprivation, stress and information overload… and there is not much I can do about it.
Just like we need time to digest a good meal to absorb all the nutrients, so too is important that we digest learned information in order to absorb its meaning and facilitate later retrieval. Unfortunately, med school does not leave enough time for digestion so we all do our best to swallow in gulps and hope for the best!
I am lucky to have a wonderful and supportive husband who spoils me and cares for me and cooks wonderful meals for me when I can’t do much else. I am so grateful!
And so, while I agonize over the last bits of Endocrinology I need to know for Friday’s test, it helps when I take internet breaks one in a while and find words like these to inspire me again and make the numbness go away!
“The problem, often not discovered until late in life, is that when you look for things in life like love, meaning, motivation, it implies they are sitting behind a tree or under a rock. The most successful people in life recognize, that in life they create their own love, they manufacture their own meaning, they generate their own motivation. For me, I am driven by two main philosophies, know more today about the world than I knew yesterday. And lessen the suffering of others. You’d be surprised how far that gets you.”
- Neil Degrasse Tyson, in an AMA on reddit, responding to a man who asked how to find motivation in life.