My wife had a confession.
She never wanted to be a doctor.
Alas, Her parents and extended family didn’t think she was fulfilling her potential by becoming an architect or a dancer.
Despite her reluctance, she passed out with flying colours.
I’m not saying she had it easy because of her intelligence.
No… I’ve seen her study.
I’ve seen her frayed nerves on the eve of her exams.
I’ve held her hand and calmed the demons of her doubts and despair.
But she prevailed, and went on to be student who had scored the highest marks in her medical college since it’s inception.
All this while following her true passion.
To say that she is a good dancer is an understatement.
She has put in her 10,000 hours.
She knows her strengths and limitations, and pushes ahead anyways.
She confessed something else to me.
Even though she was good at diagnosis, she hated treating patients.
Treating patients drained her. She was unable to keep herself detached from the patients she treated.
Her first week of internship was an ICU posting, where one in three patients end up dying.
She has gone though literal hell.
So I suggested choosing pharmacology as her speciality.
She got through the tough admission rounds with ease, when compared to her peers, who had to pay through their noses to get a seat.
She passed out with flying colours again, while still following her true calling.
She quit her job before she even joined it as soon as she realised how much the work and it’s philosophy clashed with her innermost values.
Then she joined another job.
She had the guts to quit her second job within a month, again because she was brave, and the job did not nourish her.
She found another job immediately… One where she could play to her strengths, but she never quit her true calling.
Today, after a grueling day of work, she traveled 2 hours to go to a dance studio, to share her passion, and to teach others to dance.
To never stop moving ahead, to never give up on your dreams, to keep a fine balance on what needs to be done, and what must be, garners respect and admiration.
(Enjoy the smiling puppy)