What do you do when you realize you need to change all of your ways because life is moving faster than you expected?
Yes, I am talking about the fact that this school year I WILL BE TAKING THE MCAT AND APPLYING TO MEDICAL SCHOOL.
It is so unfathomable to think that my friends and I are quickly approaching the deadline to where our timeline of being careless kids will come to an end. This is also the time in our lives where things get really serious really quickly, and I am already starting to see this harsh reality take a toll on many people, including myself.
First, you may run around having a whirlwind mental break down, because all of your habits and ways of life are coming to an end.
You may even contemplate doing something insane like this:
But please, Don’t.
It is always going to be sad when an important stage of our lives ends and a new chapter begins, but it can also be exciting and unpredictable!
What’s most important, and has been the hardest lesson so far for me, is knowing how to prioritize the things in my life. I am currently crowned queen of procrastination and have earned the nickname “Last Minute Briana” from both my family and friends. For a while I thoroughly enjoyed the comedic aspect of what that meant, but recently I have realized that it is setting me up for disaster. It’s extremely difficult to tell yourself you want to sit in a library and read about posttranslational regulation of enzymes, when you have so many other fun things you could be doing. Friends, parties, dinners, boyfriends, movies, you name it! All of these are the best distractions in the world. This all sounds pretty immature and foolish of me, and for many people, forcing yourself to sit and study isn’t a problem, however it is a real struggle that many people like myself experience.
But that’s the funny thing about life — I truly believe that eventually, and just in time, everyone finds their way and has this epiphany that checks us into reality and sets us up for what we need to be doing to achieve our hopes and dreams.
I don’t know how it happened, but I have this feeling that living in Spain this summer changed the way I view life, as well as changed my desires for the future. I saw how wonderful of a life the Spaniards live, and how happy they are just to be alive and how the hustle bustle of the American life does not appeal to them even in the slightest. It made me realize that one day, I hope to be as happy as them while balancing a successful job and a healthy family. I also realized that the only way to do this is to just snap out of it, stop procrastinating, and buckle down. There is no point in putting off what will only help us in our future.
For the past two weeks I have actually stuck to my word about changing my time management habits, and I can’t even believe how better and accomplished I already feel! It’s incredible how changing one simple thing – my priorities – can change both my perspective and goals.
The point is, life isn’t always fun and games. We do need to work hard, extremely hard for what we want, and nobody is going to help us but ourselves. It is completely possible to break out of lifelong habits. Do this and we will all be awesome.