Birthday Retrospect : 2018 , Live a little before you settle
Before we married , my husband and I had a deal, not exactly
a contractual agreement, but a sort of shared life motto so to say; of
experiencing destinations and travelling widely, and working hard but enjoying
the fruits of our labour , and to “LIVE “ a little before “SETTLING DOWN”.
How many of you have heard these lines ‘to live a little
before settling down’? I am guessing a lot of you, especially in India we tend
to say this a lot. Sometimes we say it to our parents, sometimes to our
friends. We don’t want to commit to a relationship – because we want to explore
all the possibilities and the probabilities of finding true romance before the
fire is doused by ‘settling down ‘ in marriage. We don’t want to commit to a
profession or a job, because we want to dabble in a number of things before we
finally ‘settle down ‘to the mundane-ness of a 9-5.
Basically once you commit to something, the living part is
Two things happened this morning , one was the NEET (the
national entrance exam of medicine) results in the Newspaper, and the second ,a
discussion on our college whatsapp group that today was infact 15 years to the
day we attended our first lecture as Medical students.
The jubiliation of the students and parents of today as they
embark on a new journey in medicine, and my own journey of the past 15 years ;
the connection was like a resonance that my writing muse could not deny.
What would I tell the medical student , that was me, from 15
years back? What secrets of the trade, what insider scoop could I share which
would have made my journey a little less daunting, a little more fun, and may
be even more satisfying?
Here are my thoughts in no particular order, except as they
enter my head. 1.You made it! : I think the first thing I
would like my younger self to do is to celebrate , and not doubt myself. I had
won. I was in. the door had closed (atleast to the medical college of choi…