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I am lucky that my life has not been touched by tragedy or hardship. I am lucky that I have loving parents who would do anything in the world for me. I am lucky to have people, so full of life and so giving of their time and attention, as my friends and family.

Even if I may not have exactly what I want, and things may not be perfect, I have many reasons to be happy.

For my mom and my dad, the two people who have sacrificed so much for me every step of their lives, how did I deserve such goodness? My only hope is to show you that it was worth it, and that all those hopes you had for me are not for nothing.




Mistakes and disappointment make the sweet things in life that much sweeter.

Takayuki Ikkaku, Arisa Hosaka and Toshihiro Kawabata

All brave men love; for he only is brave who has affections to fight for, whether in the daily battle of life, or in physical contests.

Nathaniel Hawthorne

To all those science thesis writers who will be liberated tomorrow: you love your thesis. Fight on.

Snap On.

Courtesy of Photojojo

Whenever evil befalls us, we ought to ask ourselves, after the first suffering, how we can turn it in to good. So shall we take occasion, from one bitter root, to raise perhaps many flowers.

Leigh Hunt

My Top Ten

Something I came up when I should have been paying attention in class:

1. Everything happens for a reason.

2. Modesty and humility will keep you grounded.

3. People are your greatest source of love, friendship, and support – make time for them.

4. Seek balance.

5. Where you are isn’t nearly as important as where you are working to be.

6. Every minute of your time can give you something.

7. Kindness and altruism gives as much to others as it gives to you.

8. Remember that those in your family are the only people in this world who have your best interests in mind, 100% of the time.

9. You are the only person who can make change in your world.

10. Details might run your life, but the bigger picture should always guide it.

There will come a time when you think everything is finished. That will be the beginning.

Louise L’Amour

What is important is to keep learning, to enjoy challenge, and to tolerate ambiguity. In the end there are no certain answers.

Martina Horner

Upon My Honor

I feel naive for not knowing that there’s such a thing called the Physician’s Oath, which was created by the World Medical Association as part of the Declaration of Geneva. The following is a quote, followed by the oath, courtesy of Grey’s:

The biggest influences in your life are sitting around you, right now.

It changes you, this work. Your patients, your colleagues, you change each other. You don’t ever think you’ll lose your way, but what happens in this hospital…just remember why you came here. You said it the day you graduated from med school. You took the physician’s oath. Remember it. Tape it to your locker, to your bathroom mirror. Cause it is too easy to lose your way.

“I solemnly pledge to consecrate my life to the service of humanity. I will give to my teachers the respect and gratitude that is their due. I will practice my profession with conscience and dignity. The health of my patients will be my number one consideration. I will respect the secrets that are confided in me, even after my patient has died. I will maintain by all the means in my power, the honor and the noble traditions of the medical profession. My colleagues will be my Sisters and Brothers. I will not permit considerations of age, disease, or disability, creed, ethnic origin, gender, race, political affiliation, nationality, sexual orientation, social standing, or any other factor, to intervene between my duty and my patient. I will maintain the utmost respect for human life. I will not use my medical knowledge to violate human rights and civil liberties, even under threat. I make these promises solemnly, freely and upon my honor.”

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