Being a med student is tough. I always feel like I should be studying. For the most part, that is really the case, a lot of us spend a great deal of time studying. Honestly, sometimes it absolutely consumes us. I’m writing this to remind you–yes you–to not forget about your other hobbies! Yes, medicine is our future career, but strive not to be a one-trick pony. Still pursue your other interests!
The inspiration behind this post was the fact that I recently started to play my guitar again. I had forgotten how amazing it felt to start putting together a song on my loop pedal. I spent HOURS just recording different riffs and looping it all together into a fun little repetitive track. In fact, I was having so much fun that I started to Snapchat it to my friends! After a few hours of this, I stopped and resumed what I was studying. I cannot stress again how much fun I had doing that.
Moral of the study, don’t let medicine overtake your other interests. If you like playing video games, go play them. If you like trying new restaurants, go for it. Read a fiction novel (not about medicine). Go watch a play. Whatever it is that makes you happy, don’t forget to take out time to actively stay up with it! Don’t get me wrong, studying is important and vital to being an effective physician/resident/med student but don’t let it define you!