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DON’T GIVE UP YET

Do you feel like giving up sometimes? Do you feel repulsed when you walk to your spot in the library and open your laptop to see hundreds of dense slides waiting to be memorized? Do you feel exhausted and not so rarely burnt out to the point where you can’t look at another page? But you still keep going because you and so many others believe that where you are is no place for the weak. It’s where the strivers and achievers are found and that’s exactly what you wish to be. You try to brush off the exhaustion by clenching your fists and trying to remember why you’re doing this in the first place. But then that brings out the questions you’ve been avoiding.

“Is this worth it? Why am I giving up my sanity and freedom for a life that’s going to end in a few decades? Is this even healthy? Can’t I help people with other fields too?” A little pause. “Yes, that is possible, but we’re here for a challenge, remember? We’re here for that profession that we respect above all else.” It’s like two people debating in your head. Maybe it’s time for a break. You take a walk, watch movies, hang out with people, do ‘fun’ stuff; almost everything you can think of. But that’s the thing…nothing really feels like a break. Nothing truly relaxes you no matter how hard you try or how long you do it for. Nevertheless you try. Sometimes it works. Other times it doesn’t and you just sit there with a sinking feeling in your heart looking at people around you working so hard.

They all do it effortlessly, or so it seems. Your friends, your classmates, and those people that look extremely smarter and happier than you while in reality, you’re no less. Just tired. Sleepy. Lost. Discouraged even. But you don’t realize that. You fall for the illusion and conclude that you might not be meant for this, you know? Maybe you misread all that burning passion and commitment you’ve had your entire life. It worries you that it’s an actual possibility- people sometimes follow a dream and then realize that it wasn’t the right one. But you don’t want to be that. You CAN’T be that. Think of all the blood, sweat and tears that got you here. Think of everyone that believes in you.

Think of how much you believe in you. Think of how much you love helping people and how great it would be to do it for the rest of your life. That must be enough pep talk because you feel a tiny bit better. So now you’re back at it; remember that the exam lurking at you will not be any merciful because you’re ‘tired’ or whatever. A few minutes, hours or sometimes days later, you’re right back to feeling that misery. “Can I even make it past this week? Am I good enough? What if I’m not? I’d be a failure. Millions have done it and many more are doing it now but I’m here whining about it. Is this my downfall? I just wanna sleep and not wake up for a month.” This goes on until you’re done with your exams.

Then it all falls back into its place. It’s like the clouds clear up once you’ve rested well. You love where you are. You’re so passionate about it. You love the challenge. You love the way it makes you want to be better than yesterday. You’re surrounded by amazing people. You feel like you’re in the right place; as if God and the universe put you in your place. Because you were made for this; and this is your moment. All of that was your mind protesting against the stress. 

(This is something like a glimpse of what I go through once in a while when I’m not at my best. I’m not concluding that med school is all torment, plus this is the opinion of an amateur but it’s still an opinion, isn’t it? It would be nice look back at this in the future someday.)

*If you feel burnt out or like you’re being dragged through mud right now, hold on. It’s okay, it just means that what you’re doing is hard. And it takes a lot of courage to do that. I’m proud of you. Remember to take breaks and look after yourself.

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