In order to carry a positive action we must develop a positive vision

September 27, 2013 § 3 Comments

Quote by Dalai Lama

It’s a quiet Friday night and I am enjoying a calm period before the storm of next week hits. This “calm period” I’m referring to is more of a temporary state of mind – one that I am going to milk for as long as I can. It started about 10 minutes ago and I’m hoping that it last until after I’ve fallen asleep. Skjalg is out at the Norwegian’s first pub quiz and I’ve spent the night initiating my anatomy-cramming mode for next week’s brain and spinal cord midterm.

It’s only the end of week three and we are already on the brink of pure exhaustion. Today while studying in a café near school, Jannie asked a friend how she was doing and her friend replied with a laugh and said “Nem tudom” (“I don’t know” in Hungarian). Jannie turned to me after and said, “No one know how they are doing now.” It may sound strange, but that is exactly it – no one knows anything, not even how they are doing. Even simple greetings have become challenging endeavors. There is a good side however and that is that we are not alone. There are two hundred people going through the exact same thing and at times like this, that is the most comforting thought in the world.

Funny post shared in the group for 2nd year students. It's sad but true...and somehow uplifting at the same time.

Funny post shared in the group for 2nd year students. It’s sad but true…and somehow uplifting at the same time.

Skjalg and I have a little trick when times are stressful and we find ourselves being too negative. We set aside the worries and stresses for the night and instead list out the good things, no matter how small. There really is a lot of good this semester and I feel bad that it gets trumped by all the bad.

Since my last post was so heavy on the “bad” I thought I’d follow with one that is heavy on the good. Here are some things I’m feeling happy about and am thankful for:

  • Amazing new apartment in a perfect location
  • Saving countless hours at the grocery store by ordering groceries online
  • Not stressing about what to make and prepping food on the weekend for the whole week
  • Squeeze in quality gf-bf time – even if we have to cut the night short sometimes
  • Helpful professors this semester (for the most part)
  • Being generally less stressed than we were last semester, even though this semester is the worst so far
  • Studying at the kitchen table during the day on the weekends, with the windows open and the sun shining in
  • Being able to grab my books and be at a café overlooking the beautiful Basilica in only 2 minutes
  • Having two bathrooms! (Oh, simply joys)
  • Finding a super fresh toothpaste that rivals the one I stockpile from the states
  • Getting so many hand-me down books from the previous tenant. We haven’t had to buy any new books this semester, except for a neuroanatomy.
  • Having the option of sleeping 11 hours on Thursday nights. We start at 10:30 on Fridays and will never have Friday exams.
  • Great friends and an amazing man to experience this with

As stressful as it is, I know that 20 years from now I will look back on this time as being one of the best chapters of my life. We live in beautiful city, where we can afford to live normal lives (even as students), we get to interact with people from all over the world on a daily basis, and we don’t have to do anything but study! This may very well be the last period in our lives where we have complete control over how we spend our time – and that is definitely something to cherish!

With all these good thoughts in my head, and Skjalg home and snoozing away, I’m off to bed. Hopefully this good energy is enough to scare away the bad thoughts for a night 😉

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§ 3 Responses to In order to carry a positive action we must develop a positive vision

  • Charkie says:

    Counting all our blessings sure puts things in perspective. Sometimes I can’t believe how absurdly good I have it, though you wouldn’t know it from the way I grumble 🙂 thanks for the reminder! Hope the calm is lingering!

    • Buda B says:

      It really does 🙂 It’s so easy to focus on the negative. Feel lucky to have a fellow appreciator of the postive in you, even if it does take some effort to express that part of ourselves 😉

  • Antonio Fiorentino says:

    Keep your number one goal: Your health. Without that no degree of any kind will be worth it. Proper diet and sufficient sleep. The brain does not forgive constant abuse.

    I am thinking that if all med schools were as hard as yours , there would be no medical doctors in Africa, Asia , South America or even in the US. I have met so many MDs in the US who went to med school in some little island in the Caribeans whose name I cannot even recall. I had a neurologist in San Francisco who was just starting her internship and was at least 50 years old. I met woman in Hawaii who was in her mid-forties, was a single mother of a young kid, did not have much of a job and yet she was in her first year of medical school. This Hungarian medical school better give you a real prize when you are through; a diploma laminated in gold that will open wide the doors of opportunity wherever you go in the world, or into space.

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