This blog was made to be my happy place. My creative outlet. Writing gives my mind the clarity it needs to make sense of all the noise. I was reading back on a few posts I wrote and I could feel the excitement through the lines. I then had a look at my last entry, June 2021. It’s been over a year now. I’ve written a lot since, mainly about medical school and how my fourth year of medical school went (great, alhamdulillah). I’ve just not been so excited to share it all. When you’re busy and overwhelmed, it’s often the things that you love the most that take the backseat on your list of priorities. Everything else can wait until you’ve done this. Accomplished that. It’s not healthy, and it’s not fair, though I can’t help but feel that this is yet another thing I’ve failed to commit to.
There’s an explanation:
Okay, I might be too harsh on myself. But as someone who loves reading about the science behind human behaviour, I discovered something that might help explain this unfavourable habit – or diagnose me. Shiny Object Syndrome – the ‘disease of distraction’. It’s explained as the tendency to obsess over new ideas until you lose interest and mindlessly jump onto the next new shiny object. I know we’ve all been there, and I don’t necessarily think it’s a bad habit that needs to be eliminated. After all, it is through my pursuit of “new shiny objects” that I’ve cultivated certain skills and discovered various new interests, including this blog.
Where I’m currently at
This year has been relentless – nine months of rounds and I’m *just* about catching my breath now. Unfortunately, we’re yet to even start our final exams. It’s possibly just over 3 weeks to my first Obstetrics and Gynaecology exam. Funnily enough, we’re yet to be given an official schedule. Yet, our friends at other universities have not only finished their exams but also received their grades. The organisation of the Internal Medicine and Surgery rounds could’ve been a lot better and we would’ve also finished early. Though on a positive note, for the first time in five years I’ll be having a winter “summer holiday”. That’s something I’m really looking forward to.
Okay, that’s the update for now. I have a backlog of posts that I’ll be posting soon, but here’s to doing things that make us happy. Now.
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