Another year has gone by since I have been born. Every year on my birthday I find some time to reflect on how loved I am. By all the people I have known and left some mark on in their lives. I know I am still in my early twenties and I don’t have enough experience to offer too much advice but I wanted to share my thoughts. On a day to day, it’s easy to forget how wonderful the people around you are, but when you get a reminder of it when they remember the little things. I am so grateful for the amount of support I have from all of my family and friends and it’s important for me to remember that instead of taking things for granted.

One of the ways I do this is by writing down what I feel grateful for whenever I remember. I don’t always save it, but it makes me feel like I valued my day and the people in my life. When you’re stuck in a rut, feeling like life has got you down, just remind yourself of those things. I have so many I can think of from the top of my head. I have a family who loves me, I have friends who look out for me and I have my health. Those are constant. If I feel upset from the struggles of life, I know to take a breather and maybe meditate on my positive thoughts. As a premed it was easy to blame teachers and others for unfair exams and what not, but just remember those professors are people as well. I talked to a professor once and they ended up changing my grade for me. I appreciate those moments not only because the professor was kind but because I even had the opportunity to be in that situation in the first place.

Now as a medical student, I have carried these thoughts with me and it makes getting through this beast a little bit easier. I know I am far from perfect and I totally don’t have everything figured out but I hope you can glean something from my ramblings. Thank you for reading!

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