The above image is taken from a Marvel graphic novel from 1989 by Roger Stern and Mike Mignola called Doctor Strange and Doctor Doom: Triumph and Torment. In it, the three Vishanti (Hoggoth, Oshtur, and Agamotto), in their eternal omniscience, give some very sound advice:
“Calm and circumspection are as much a part of greatness as raw power and celerity."
Having just taken my first medical school exam, I find that this quote very aptly applies to myself and how I handle the constant workload that besets my daily life.
While medical school is certainly not a walk in the park, I have always made it a point to take an hour or two out of my day to sit back, relax, and meditate on the day, my life, the universe, or whatever else happens to pop into my mind.
Sure, the ”brute force“ approach to being a medical student may work for some people, but I find that it can lead to a weary life that results in a quick burnout. Through my undergraduate career and three weeks of med school, I’ve learned time and time again that peace of mind is key to both success and happiness. Being able to step back from the academic clamor and simply breathing in the world around is a habit that can foster a feeling of serenity and sanity that guides the path to success.