If anyone had told me, in 2015, that Donald Trump would be the next American president, I wouldn’t have believed them. Before the whirlwind of the general election, I knew little about Donald Trump. I knew he was a celebrity and that he had a reality show called The Apprentice. In my mind, he was like an American Alan Sugar (who’s on the UK version). I’d never seen him in any interviews or even paid any attention to anything he did, so I never really formed an opinion about him.
All of this changed when he put himself forward as a candidate; then he was all over the news. But again I wasn’t paying much attention. 2016 was a mix of studying for finals, planning an 8 week trip abroad, preparing for F1 amongst other things. My mum would be my filter and fill me in on the latest shocking Trump related incident.
I was amused. This guy couldn’t be president surely? Amusement turned to shock.
I still cannot even fathom how he’s done it. How do you get from no political experience to president of the United States of America?
My mind is still trying to understand it, but it made me think: how many things do I think are out of the realms of possibility? How many ideas have I pushed aside because I’m unable to envision their reality? It’s made me more motivated to take risks and try things out but to also be conscious on how I go about it. I want to experience amazing opportunities but through the right means. I want to be able to be proud of the journey as well as the outcome.
It’s February already. How did that happen? We celebrated New Year’s Day 5 minutes ago and now we’re 1/12th of the way to the next one. Time is going by quickly and it’s making me wonder whether or not I’m making the most of it.
All throughout medical school I struggled with time management. If there was an hour between one session and another, I just wouldn’t know what to do with myself and I’d end up doing a whole load of nothing.
And now I’m facing the same issue. I have a lot of free time, especially around the middle of the day, yet I still seem to be falling into bad habits. I could use the opportunity for self-study but I don’t. I take long lunches with the other F1s and just generally coast until half 4.
What do I end up achieving, nothing. I could do so much more. I could be focusing on actually getting a case report done, or on this blog. There’s no point me sitting around all day, only to try to squeeze in some writing before bed time.
So, it all comes down to discipline and motivation. I want to do more than what I’m doing right now. By putting this out there, I’m hoping I’m making myself more accountable. I think some of us need that extra motivation. We’re starting to get comfortable because that buzz of the new year has died down. Imagine though, how much more we could achieve if we kept it up the whole year round.
Here’s to February.
Hi! I’m Zed, the writer behind Mind The Medic. I enjoy writing, so this is a perfect opportunity to document everything I find interesting and worthwhile.
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