This is my (second) first blog post, anywhere, officially. I am trying a couple of different venues. I was inspired by an organization called Live Your Legend (LYL) to start a blog, but decided my budget called for a free blog site rather than what was recommended. If you knew my past 3 years, you’d understand my hesitancy to part with aliquots of my income that need to go towards moving expenses.
So, I wanted something with a “defiant” theme because I consider myself to have defied many odds. I grew up in a single-parent home, where I moved frequently, and I lived in a small city where local politics and the business of others spread rapidly. I wanted out, so I went to Chicago for college, after graduating at the top of my high school class. Perhaps Chicago was a bit far for a start, so I ended up returning home (anti-climactic) after graduating with my B.A. in 3 years. Two years later I simply couldn’t stick around and was, if anything, losing momentum, so I joined the military. Within six months of training, I decided that I would pursue med school as soon as I got out – which was a long time. But after one long deployment and a reprogramming of my brain for Mandarin Chinese, I did what I had determined to do.
I am currently preparing for a move to Florida (yay! Sunshine State!) to begin a MD/PhD program and I’m super excited! And also a bit stressed! This time of transition has prompted much introspection (as if I don’t already do too much of that), and as a result, this desire to try out a blog as an outlet to continue this journey of self-discovery nagged me to this point. So, I’m no longer a virgin to the blog world! And I hope to encourage others along a path of…defiance. Defiance against the crap that life throws at you, not just to survive, but to thrive. To live a meaningful life of following your passion, whatever that may resemble. This is just one of many previous steps in finding that out for myself! Bon voyage! Buen viaje!