Today, I woke up thinking about the past six years and how far we’ve come. Let me tell you the story from the beginning.

A few weeks ago, I was sitting with a few of my friends at a local coffee shop and we took a walk down memory lane with technology. I remembered how I learned to use Paint to draw as a first grader; how to create an email during my 3rd grade; and moving on to our journey with the development of mobiles, beginning with Nokia and playing “Snake” to now having access to endless data on our latest iPhones.. All in a few 15 years.

The change that accompanied this revolution of technology did not only reflect on the gadgets, it showcased the change in attitude of people: how these devices were reserved to businessmen when they first came out, and now are being used by infants as young as a few months old. Our perspectives have changed from considering these electronics as luxuries to becoming absolute necessities. I mean, when was the last time you went out without your phone? (And how did you feel about it – really?)

Studying the human body is studying a dynamic creation. We are in a continuous cycle of change; cells die everyday and are replaced by new ones ready to continue living and thriving. This essentially is what intrigues me about medicine: you’re always dealing with a process rather than an idle state of existence. And the situation doesn’t only apply to physiology and disease, it also describes our behavior as we grow up from infants to toddlers and eventually adults; with any factor that contributes to this process leaving behind a small impact here and there until we are shaped into the person we are today.

The issue is: we never stop processing or getting influenced – which means, we never really stop being shaped into one mould of a human being. I think this is the perfect analogy to how we are as people in this universe. We should always push ourselves to change the world we live in to something newer, more advanced, and more ready to face the difficulties we are put through… Should we ever allow a negative influence to take place, sometimes it can only go downhill.

So today, I leave you with this: take control of the change in your life instead of trying to resist it. Whenever something bad happens, cope with it to make you stronger, and if you can’t, you can always ask for help. Most importantly, wake up everyday asking yourself, “Where do I want to be in 15 years?”.. And set your day to work for it.

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