Opening the Door to Greater Things

Whenever a door closes, another door to greater things opens. When I lost my job as a research scientist while on maternity leave earlier this year, it was a big blow to our family. I had been employed there for the past 9 years fresh out of university and had gotten used to the work culture and routine. It was a shock to my system to suddenly not be a part of it anymore.

Even though I knew the lay-offs were company wide and were not a reflection of my performance, I still couldn’t help feeling shame and guilt, “Had I done something wrong?” or “Was it because I requested an additional few months of maternity leave?

For the past 10 years, I have had the desire to become a doctor. There have been various planned and unplanned detours along the way and we ultimately decided to start a family before medical school. Once we had our two beautiful children, the question then became, “When do I apply to medical school?”. It was not an easy decision to make. Our children were very young, we had financial commitments, stable careers and paychecks. When would be the right time to rock the boat and make such a big change to our life?

Following the loss of my job, my husband encouraged me that this was the perfect time to make a change and focus my sights on medical school. I have to say that the last few months have been some of the most wonderful months of my life. I have spent valuable time with my children, become healthier, focused my sense of direction towards medical school and developed new hobbies such as writing and blogging which I have come to love!

Now that my medical school applications have been submitted and as I wait to hear back from medical schools, I cannot predict what will happen. But I do know that the past few months have been a breath of fresh air and have allowed me to strengthen the bonds within my family and gain a greater sense of perspective about what is most important in life.

So I would like to encourage you that no matter what comes your way, something good can come out of it. It may not seem like it at the moment when we are sinking, but there is always a way to get back onto solid ground. An obstacle or hurdle need not stop us. It can redirect us to something better than we could have imagined.

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19 thoughts on “Opening the Door to Greater Things

  1. Your message is just what the (potential) doctor prescribed! I really needed to hear how you handled the setback, found a sense of peace and joy in the process. Now you’re on the verge of starting your dream to study medicine and the best part is, having your family along for the emotional ride.

    You know, in the not so distant future, when you share memories of your precious ones, they’ll have been a little older and internalizing what they knew all along: that their mother is special and inspires many.

    Malaika, know that your readers are anxious to continue tagging along for this exciting ride… one, you welcomed us all upon starting your blog. Thank you for sharing this gut-wrenching experience with us—one that is all too common for many families.

    If I wasn’t exactly feeling motivated lately, I am now.

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    1. Wow! Thanks Kenel for those tremendous words of support! I am really glad to have started this blog and to have people like you rooting for me along the way! I am glad that you are feeling more motivated! That makes me happy! Writing this post made me feel so vulnerable but I can see that it was worth writing it to motivate someone else! Thank you once again for your incredible support! Have a great Sunday! 🙂

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  2. Greetings Malaika! You are most welcome and thank you for the well wishes.It’s often at our weakest do we realize our threshold for challenges, only to reemerge in a different stratosphere than that momentary rock bottom.

    I woke up this morning to “Before Dawn” by the smooth jazz flutist, Najee and “Wings Beneath My Wings”, a saxophone cover by Sam Levine. The tunes evoked more than a couple smiles. From one music fan to another, I hope they have the same effect. Cheers!

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  3. Malika, what I think is YOU ARE AWESOME. God will never led you to a door that He doesn’t plan on bringing you through. You are a beautiful woman who has her head screwed on straight.lol. Most nowadays don’t. I wish you the very best of everythng in all your future endeavors. I pray that you never lose sight of where you came from and all life’s hurdles are remembered after you get your license to practice. This way you will be able to be a better doctor and be kinder to your patients. VERY BEST OF LUCK. God bless you and your family. It’s so awesome how blessed you are already with such a supportive husband and family. 🙂

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  4. Malika, what I think is YOU ARE AWESOME. God will never lead us to a door that he doesnt plan on bringing us through. Please never forget where you came from and always remember your life struggles after you get your license. It will make you a better doctor to be able to empathize with your patients. I hope too that you focus on prevention and natural ways to heal rather than just write scripts. The world has too many of those doctors. I’ve been a nurse for thirty years almost, and so I do see what these drugs do to people. God blessed you with a wonderful and supportive husband and family. I pray you are successful in all your future endeavors. God bless you and your family.

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    1. Wow! Thank you Georgio for those incredible words of encouragement. I will try to remember these words of wisdom! That’s great that you have been such a dedicated nurse. Thanks once again for all your support! It means a lot! 🙂

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