When I first considered going to medical school 10 years ago, I had no idea that it would take this long to finally be at the point of applying. Unexpected life circumstances and uncertainties contributed to the delay but I am thrilled to be finally putting all my effort towards making this dream become a reality. Yesterday, I took the exciting step of submitting my medical school applications! My husband was right next to me as I hit the “submit” button and we did a little happy dance after.
When my research career took off and I had a great position as a scientist in the pharmaceutical industry, it was tempting to stick with it. The pay was quite good and I had decent benefits. Why give up a life of stability to go back to school and have less income while studying? I had fears of upsetting our steady lifestyle, of not contributing as much towards my retirement savings, of not paying the mortgage down as fast, if I gave up my research career and went back to school to pursue medicine.
Even though I had a stimulating research career, I knew that I couldn’t stay where I was. I knew there was something more I was meant to do, and it would mean sacrificing certain things, getting over my fears and taking a step of faith. So here we are at the point of possibly turning our lives in a completely different direction and it’s scary. There are so many unknowns. But it’s also exhilarating to know that at this time next year, I may be preparing to start medical school.
Fear can stop us from achieving our true potential. Confront your fears! It doesn’t mean the ride will be smooth but it will be worth your effort to be where you are truly meant to be. Push yourself a little harder, don’t look back and see what great things you can accomplish!