As I was driving over to my parent’s place the night my grandfather passed, I realized that all the things that I normally try to get done on a tight and regular schedule to maximize my time and efficiency – none of it mattered at that time. That will all get done. And it did get done (I’m writing this about a week later).
But time missed with loved ones, you don’t get that back. So if you’ve been thinking about your loved ones but haven’t been able to “make time” – make the time. Call them. Drive to their place if you’re lucky enough to live close by.
As medical students (current or soon to be) and future doctors, there will always be something going on, and that something will probably be pressing. But don’t let it become all-consuming. Don’t feel guilty for stepping back or taking some time off. I know there will be times where this won’t be possible. But always remember to make time to find your balance. Whatever that means to you.
In the end, we’re not going to look back and remember that we had a hectic week sometime in mid-February, and we didn’t get XYZ done. Most likely, it’ll be the time spent with our loved ones and memories made with them that will stick with us.
Munera Ahmed is a medical student.