They say that life is but a game full of puzzles and contradicting theories curated on various platforms. Some say that to live a meaningful and happy life, you must first find yourself. And honestly, getting to know yourself is one of the few important roads you’ll traverse in this game.
And I believe that we are all pretty familiar about new beginnings and fresh starts—thanks to the calendar that it happens every year. One day it’s January first and the next thing you know is you’re almost halfway through the year already. But one thing that’s really great about a fresh start is learning how to put your past behind you, and start over. It’s definitely hard to resist at the chance of a new beginning yet who gets to determine when the old ends, and the new begins? I don’t think it’s a day in the calendar, not a birthday, not a new year. It’s an event—big or small. Something that changes us. Ideally, something that gives us hope. I don’t know how many reasons there are that gives you hope but I’m sure that healing the world gives me hope. Seeing a young girl’s smile amidst the poverty gives me hope. Hearing a newborn’s cry in between an airstrike in Syria gives me hope.
I know. We’re all susceptible to it—pain. The dread and anxiety of not knowing what’s coming. It may seem pointless in the end because all the worrying could or couldn’t happen and we might spend our whole lives trying to predict the future, as if figuring it out will somehow cushion the blow. But one thing’s for sure, the future is always changing. It might be the home of our deepest fears and our wildest hopes but when it finally reveals itself, the future is never the way we imagined it.
And just when we think that we’ve figured things out, the universe throws us a curveball. So we have to improvise. We find happiness in unexpected places. We find our way back to the things that matter to us the most. The universe is ironic that way. Sometimes, it just has a way of making sure we wind up exactly where we belong. And at some point you have to make a decision. Boundaries don’t keep other people out. They fence you in. That’s how we’re made, so you can waste your life drawing them or you can live your life crossing them.
But there are some lines that are way too dangerous to cross and here’s what I know: if you’re willing to take the chance knowing that the view from the other side is spectacular, take it. Somehow, we all deserve to be great. And we might feel a little robbed when our expectations aren’t met but sometimes, they sell us short. Sometimes, the expected simply pales in comparison with the unexpected. Then, we start to wonder why we cling to our expectations. And I think that’s maybe because the expected is what keeps us steady—standing still. I believe that the expected is just the beginning. The unexpected is what will change our lives.
And I think that we should always remember that there’s an end to every storm. Once all the trees have been uprooted. Once all the houses have been ripped apart. The wind will hush. The clouds will part. The rain will stop. The sky will clear in an instant and only then, in those quiet moments after the storm, do we learn who was strong enough to survive it. And we all know that failure is inevitable, unavoidable but it should never get the last word. We have to hold on to what you want. We have to not take no for an answer and take what’s coming to you. Never give in, never give up. Stand up. Stand up and take it. Because sometimes, the key to making progress is to recognize how to take that very first step. Then we start our journey. We hope for the best and we stick with it, day in and day out. Even if we’re tired, even if we want to walk away. We don’t. Because we will be a doctor.
And nobody ever said it’d be easy.