Washington D.C. was a blast! I had time to spend with my family as well as do some much needed shopping and to sight see. It snowed while we were there and the entire city shut down for like 3 inches of snow. They said it was five but it wasn’t an Ohio five because I have never gotten a snow day for clear roads and a little blanket of snow, but I was happy since my little cousin was out of school while I was there!
Looking at the memorials and monuments brought about a somber, yet, awe inspiring feeling as I’ve seen pictures of these so many times but I haven’t visited all of them. “Freedom isn’t free,” written on one of the memorials really moved me. We think of freedom as religious freedom or rights in general to do what makes individuals happy, but as my first year of medical school is coming to an end, this means so much more to me.
During the last 4 years, I’ve taken free time for granted. You know, the lets go to the mall, take a nap, and just go outside and stare at the stars free time that we all say we don’t have but we actually do. Now, when I really don’t have that freedom, I honestly have to pay for the time that I use for other things. Even further, as I remind myself that this sacrifice is going to be worth it, I’ve realized that I am paying for my true freedom now.
Life as I knew it in D.C. with my family will be put on pause again until the summer where between intermittent programs, I may have glimpses of that freedom again. Even more so, I am paying for the future economic freedom of my present and future family. There is so much of my future resting on the next 38 months of my life.
Now that I am back, I plan to work on some scholarships and get this poster together! This price that I am paying right now is worth me working to my full potential. Don’t worry, I’m still hanging out with my family! With 4 days of spring break left, I’m planning to enjoy every second!