When going after something as crazy as a dream, we can’t do it alone. We need equally minded, if not more so crazy people to uplift us, challenge us, guide us and to help get us on our way towards our dream. I call these crazy people “support networks”.
My decision to pursue medicine has unfolded over many years and during this period of time, I have bounced ideas off of family members, my husband, friends and colleagues. Most have been extremely supportive of my decision while at the same time being realistic about the sacrifices as well as financial and time commitments. There are times when I have doubted my decision for one reason or another and it is these key members of my support networks who have walked me through my concerns and given me a fresh perspective on things. Before giving up, it’s important to talk through doubts, anxieties and worries with others. Our brains are prone to making “mountains out of mole-hills” and sometimes our concerns weigh needlessly on our minds. Talking things through with other people whom we deem trustworthy of our concerns can get us questioning ourselves more rationally and objectively. More importantly, these people in our support networks can give us the motivation, the “psych”, the pep talks, the encouragement and the soul food that we need to get back on track when we have become lost on the wayside. These are the people who love you, who believe in you, who want to see you succeed and that’s why we need them. They are our….support networks!
Below are a few encouraging excerpts from my support networks. When pursuing your dreams, stay focused and keep your eyes on the prize. Pin encouragements like these on a board where you can see them often and remind yourself that you can do it!
“I am behind you all the way. Let me know how I can help with MCAT, the application or anything else you need. You will make a fantastic doctor!!” -From my older brother.
“I can really picture you in med…that’s my girl!” -From my husband.
“Am really happy that you’re back on track with med school, MCAT etc…. Ciao, ciao house in the ‘burbs! We can always get another one.Let me know how i can help. At the very least, I am cheering for you and will be praying.” -From one of my good friends from university.
“If being a physician is what you really want and you can not see yourself doing anything else, don’t allow anyone or anything to discourage you. Whatever you need, I will be here to support you along your journey.” -From a new friend and fellow blogger.