BUCKET LIST: THINGS TO DO BEFORE I DIE
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The sympathetic nervous system mediates the classic “fight or flight” response – pupils dilate, the heart races, sphincters contract, and hair stands on end. “If you have a cat at home, put his favorite food in a dish. Then just before he starts to eat, snatch the dish away. Before he scratches you, look at his pupils – that’s a [sympathetic nervous system] response,” a mentor once told me. Fortunately, if you’re not a cat person, you can also elicit this response by mentioning the USMLE Step 1 to any second year medical student in America.
Having just experienced this exam myself, I can attest to its grueling nature – a 7+ hour exam on all one has learned in the first two years of medical school (with some topics reaching back to undergraduate education). However, the test is also a rite of passage, and I can’t say I disagree…
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Walang punong tutubo kung walang bungang bumagsak. Parang tayo lang din, may mga problemang dumadating sa ating buhay or may mga pagkakamali tayong nagawa na pilit tayong hinihila pababa ngunit kagaya ng puno ang pag bagsak natin sa buhay ang magiging dahilan upang magkaroon ng malakas, matibay at bagong ikaw na handa na sa kung ano mang problemang dadating sa mga susunod na panahon. Wag matakot bumagsak, sapagkat sa bawat pag bagsak ay may bagong uusbong.
Detoxifying your mind
- Travel to assimilate to culture. Alter your base point concept of ‘normal.’ What it will show you is how many behaviors/values/beliefs you’ve unconsciously adopted from your surroundings (and ways you can change them).
- Create physical solutions for emotional problems. People default on the idea that one emotion will cancel out or fix another. If you’re upset, seek a high to eliminate it. But negative emotions are just…
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I must confess that during exams, I sometimes find myself spending less time with God.
Tired from hours of cramming, I start getting too tired to spend time with God after a long day’s work. I begin to lose my priorities. I unintentionally pack my days so full with study that there’s no room left for him. Before I know it, my usual routine of setting aside time for the Lord each day flies out the window. It’s not an intentional decision to turn from God… but an insidious process that happens when I lose my priorities in the face of looming barrier exams.
But every year when this happens, one particular verse comes back to me and grabs my attention. It is a famous one which has been the recurring theme of my medical school life for the last five years:
Seek first his kingdom and his…
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1. Climb Mt. Batur at 2am and reach the summit just at the crack of dawn.
I promise you this – you will never feel more small, yet more alive, than when you reach the summit of a mountain at 6am and watch as Indonesia wakes up below you. Flashlights in hand, you will start your journey at 2am, climbing through the night, meeting monkeys, cooking breakfast over an active natural steam duct, and settling at the top with hot coffee in hand. With the sun kissing your cheek, and your legs trembling, you will walk across black volcanic sand just as the sky is filled with cotton candy beauty, and you will have your breath absolutely taken away.
2. Get a hug from a baby elephant at Elephant Nature Park.
Though Elephants are not sacred creatures in Thailand, and are…
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