A long-term goal of many is to have a career or lifestyle that allows them to positively affect the lives of thousands of people. I don’t consider myself to be one of these individuals. Through important experiences with friends and family, my travels around the world in the past decade, and the struggles I’ve overcome with the help of others, I have come to understand the value I find in fostering strong, personal relationships with a closely-knit community of individuals. These relationships have shaped me into the person I am today, and it is the primary reason I am pursuing a medical career in the future. When I die, I want to be remembered not by the masses, but by a very select group of individuals whose lives I greatly impacted.
While I strive to make people laugh and help those around me daily, I don’t just want to be remembered as someone who is comical or empathetic. I want to continue to build on relationships I have made now, years into the future. I want to be someone who was not just there for a person for a few weeks, but for years. Being a doctor would mean forming incredibly close relationships and creating lives that individuals can live with happiness and strength, well after mine comes to an end.
And if people also remember me as the guy who wore cool socks, never ate a bagel untoasted or played music too loud in the car… that’d be fine as well.