Highlight of my day #1
My day off. Meeting up with an old med friend for coffee.
They’ve been doing surgery as a resident, and have announced big news.
After being miserable a solid two years, they are now going into anatomical pathology training. Hours are 9-5. 5 days a week Minimal contact with nurses, students and patients. Small part of me hates them for the lifestyle they are about to receive. But I’m also 9 parts out of 10 overjoyed, knowing how much they hated their job up until this moment.
This, as we drink our delicious free trade organic hipster flat whites and eat free range chicken in fusion sauces we can’t pronounce for $$$. In an elegant but simple venue that is so un-starbucks like, but still feels weirdly like it’s part of some type of hipster franchise, when really it’s just a fad that’s now mainstream.
As much as I make fun of hipsters I probably am one. We both have hipster glasses and wear converse all stars. I certainly mop all the hipster coffees I can. A small luxury I can afford, or small ‘victory’ in life after all the years of studying and finally earning some measley salary as a resident.
another small victory is seeing a close friend so genuinely happy, relieved, for the first time in years. It’s strange. I knew they were unhappy, but never knew how much until seeing them liberated of an unwanted future.