I have my friend to thank for always asking me if I am happy with what I do.
What do I do?
- I’m a med student.
- I wake up to an alarm that won’t go off unless I solve some arithmetic.
- I prepare for the day ahead, and have my puppy send me off the door. (He stares until I close it. Heartbreak.)
- I walk to the jeepney stop six minutes away – traversing a polluted road, fully alert so I may avoid getting hit by a motorcycle again.
- I get to school three slides into the lecture that has already begun. (My attendance has however improved since I became class president.)
- I grab a cup of coffee mid-morning.
- I delight in my ability to take down good notes. (I evaluate professors based on how my notes look like at the end of the lecture.)
- I meditate before taking an exam. (After catching a final glimpse of my notes for a short-lived photographic memory.) (Meditation works.)
- I head to the library to read a few pages of my textbook and transcriptions.
- I leave school with the intention of studying for the rest of the night.
- Sometimes I actually do.
- I retreat to bed when I can’t anymore.
- I put on my headphones and fall into a delta-wave induced sleep.
The cycle begins again, including Saturdays this school year.
This was a choice I happily made when I committed to becoming a doctor, and it seems to be a choice I happily make every day.
So ayun, kaya po naman.