Facebook reminded me that I posted this image five years ago. Five years ago I was in my postbac program completing my premed studies.... I had just moved to a new city, I'd given up my career, and was seriously doubting all of my life decisions. Needless to say, I was feeling really lost. Then I saw this post and it really touched me. I had also been reading Eckart Tolle's, "The Power of Now" and decided I needed to make some serious changes in my life if I was going to make it through this med school thing. So, from the at moment on, I decided I was going to CHOOSE to be happy. Five years ago that meant choosing to study general chemistry and physics and finding all the ways I could love it. It meant choosing to spend an entire 3 months sitting in a library studying for the MCAT, and finding ways to turn those library stacks into my safe haven. It meant choosing to watch my 17 year old pup get ready to leave this earth, and loving her more every day. That day I decided to be happy in every moment, regardless..... and that decision has been one of the BEST decisions of my entire life. .
In fact I am still choosing happiness today! As I near the end of my third year of medical school and as I make my way through thousands (literally) of practice questions for my next big test, I choose to see the amazingness in every moment. Every question I get right is a sign I'm learning, every question I get wrong shows me what I still need to understand. How awesome is that?!?! It's not that I don't freak out, or worry, or even cry (I do, believe me!!) But, I let all of that pass through me and then choose to focus on the joy in each moment. And the cool thing is, it works even better in those hard moments.... because it is when we make it through the hard stuff that we grow beyond our current selves and into the person we are trying to become. Happiness is so much a choice. It is so much what you make out of life. How are you choosing happiness? #choosehappiness #chooseyou