“No one else can ever make your choices for you.Your choices are yours alone.They are as much a part of you as every breath you will take,every moment of your life.”
Life is all about the choices we make, believe me each one of them counts.I am being given one right now and something inside me tells that this one is meant for me.I am making a decision which is going to stay with me forever.Having chosen a career where every little thought and move matters this was never easy.The last few months have been quite distressing but decisive.Long hours of studies, innumerable entrance exams, cut throat competition, annoying counselling and admission procedures, unavoidable anxiety, sleepless nights and whimpering days-these and the worst of the worst were my only acquaintances.It was easy to give up, I detested to.There were times when I could do nothing but break down.I then kept reminding myself that no matter what, why and how it happens I always will want this for my own good.
Somehow in the process of learning medicine I have learnt the art of handling most of the crisis of life with the best of my capabilities, whether I fail or succeed comes secondary.I also am fortunate enough to have folks at home who let me take the wildest of risks.Something that surprises me is that I am almost nearing a quarter of my life and I still have not earned my first salary, this fact does not bother them and never will! No matter where I go I can always come back to them and this assurance keeps me going.I owe them myself for I am nothing without them.
I have always believed that there are no short cuts through life.You either go up or down.How much you believe in yourself when you are in the latter phase is the only thing that can carry you forward.But like many amongst us, raising above my level of comfort or crossing my boundaries has always been a problem.I feared change.But I have learnt my lessons the hard way and now there is no looking back.I have realized success is more than bringing my dreams to a realization.At the end of the day it is in being happy for the choice that I have made, in the path that I have chosen.If life throws you a lemon and you do not know how to make a lemonade like how Joan Collins advises, what do you do then? I suggest by experience-salt it, dry it or make a pickle out of it but definitely do not let it rot!
My new journey is now about to begin.Standing at this milestone of life with all my heart and mind I am off for my Masters in a week or so and this entire feeling after all the hard work is weirdly amazing.I am ready to work to flourish and flare through it.At this moment I am made to remember a poem which is one of my all time favorites.Six years back when I joined medicine it had kind of inspired me.What I like about it is the freedom of interpretation that it gives to a reader, one can take it the way he wants.There is madness and uncertainty in each line, very much like life! It tells us that way leads on to way and there is no end if you decide to begin, isn't that true? I am sharing it here with you, read it and keep yourself on the move.Make a difference, a good difference:-)
The Road Not Taken
Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveller,long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;
Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,
And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.
I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I--
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.
Need lots of blessings and wishes.