Everyone has a story. Everyone has tales of woe and triumph about this abortive process called medical training. The stories are all about the trials and tribulations, the attendings, the rotations, the schools, the classmates, the exams, the sleep (or lack thereof), the process, the residencies, the hours, the longer hours, the memory (lapses). And we all seem to have the same response on any given day...one day at a time, moving closer to the goal, whatever that is for you. It's a daily slog.
And it's so great to find those of use who relish, thrive and look forward to the learning day. There are great mental triumphs and "oh wow" experiences of eureka, mind blowing understandings of new, or newly incorporated knowledge. And it's those that force people to answer the question, "how are you?" with "I'm EXCELLENT!" :) and really mean it.
The process can be a great challenge.
But, today, I'm EXCELLENT.
Thanks Ceriman, the waiter, for reminding me of that simple fact. It's not what happens to us, but how we respond to what happens.