2013 started off as a great year for me. I have to say it was the most productive year I have had in a very long time. I attended a lot of conferences, did an elective abroad, took a national leadership position with the American Medical Student Association, and added numerous cities to my list of New Cities Visited; all of this, while I was still in fourth year of medical school, and applying for residency positions.
I must say that I improved a lot in multitasking and managing my time wisely. However, it was still very difficult, with very little sleep, and trying to maintain a smile on my face.
I almost forgot to say that I got very close to running a marathon also this year, but I had to prioritize my time to study for an important board exam. Nevertheless, I trained until I can run 14 miles at once.
With just a few days left in 2013, I did have somewhat of a roller coaster ride. I got into a car accident while driving to a residency interview. My car was left in a detrimental state, and I was in the middle of literally nowhere. After dealing with police officer and the towing company, I was able to get to a rental car place and find my way to the interview. I never realized how strong minded of a person I was and, in that state of misery, the virtue of will power.
I was very close to tearing up and calling someone to take me home, but something within me told me that I should keep on going. I am glad I listened to that voice, because if it weren’t for that voice, I would have never been more proud of myself.
I hope that you are all able to celebrate your accomplishments this year as well, and I hope that the New Year brings you much deserved success!