Thursday, September 23, 2010

I want to be a doctor when I grow up...

Find a job you love and you'll never work a day in your life.  ~Confucius
When I was in high school, my high school counselor and I were going through my file of papers from my 13 years of grade school.  We came across one paper that I had filled out in the very beginning of grade school, probably first grade or so.  It was a list of what I wanted to be when I grow up.  Number 1 on that list was pediatrician and number 2 was veterinarian.   It's funny how the two are so related anyway and it sure is funny how life works out, don't you think??

In high school I decided I wanted to do school to work or whatever you call it.  You know, that thing where you volunteer for a couple of hours a day at a place that you would like to work when you grow up, know what I am talking about?  Anyway, in a round about way, I got placed at an orthopedic doctors office with one of the finest doctors to ever live.  It was there, at this office, with this doctor, that I got "my calling" so to speak.  Dr. Kupcha, now an angel up above, had many duties during his time on Earth, one of them being to give me "my calling."   He was amazing and deserves another post in and of itself.  Anyway, one day he and I were having a conversation about my life goals.  He said a few kind words, believed in what he said, made me believe in what he said and also believe in myself, and I left that office just knowing that I was going to be a doctor when I grew up.  I just knew it!  It was a feeling I will never forget and cannot explain.  One of the greatest feelings ever and from that day on I never looked back! 

After 5 years of undergrad at the University of Oklahoma (boomer sooner) and then 4 years of medical school at OSU-COM (boomer sooner) and now one year and three months of pediatric residency under my belt, I can't believe how fast the time has passed.  As I was graduating from medical school last year, I came across a picture of me from when I was 2 or 3.  I was carrying around a doctor bag.  Like I said earlier, it sure is funny how things work out!?!?

p.s. my mom dressed me and my dad cut my hair...

Wherever you go, go with all your heart.  ~Confucius

All of us have life goals and all of us have things we love.  It doesn't matter what you do, as long as you live a life of purpose, you will bring meaning to your life, whether you see it or not.      

What do you want to be when you grow up? 

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