Well, I guess it’s time to be a little more regular at this- And perfect timing, as I start my new training tomorrow. That’s right, I am officially done with residency. I survived what most would say are the roughest years of a doctor’s career. Does it feel good to be done? Absolutely. In fact, as I am at the eve of my next life change, I recognize a different feeling within. Instead of the typical anxious, dreadful, excitement that accompanies life changes (I.E. high school, college, med school, residency). I finally only have excitement. The anxiety and dread of something new and challenging is gone.
That’s for 1 huge reason- I’m going to be doing something I love. My fellowship is in palliative medicine, so I begin a career helping people and families through the process of suffering and death. I’m careful when I talk to people about this upcoming year- I try not to say “I’m looking forward to a good year”, because that seems kind of glib. But I do say, “I’m looking forward to a meaningful year”. And perhaps because I am someone who relishes meaning, that’s why I’m truly excited about this start.
So, on to a life of endings- but a huge new beginning for me –