Entering A New Dimension

I’m not gonna lie, life has really been treating me pretty well as of late.

Ever since taking Step a couple of weeks ago, I’ve been in straight vacation mode. But I’m sure you already knew that. I already told you all about my trip to the medical education conference in Atlanta that I was a participant of in my last post, so there’s no need to talk about that again. What I haven’t told you yet is how I supercharged my vacation by flying to Cancun for a few days with some college friends! As a matter of fact, I just got back to North Carolina from the trip lol. This trip was pretty awesome overall! I’m not gonna get into the details of all our shenanigans because I’ll be sitting here all day typing them out, but I’ll go ahead and say that it’s the most fun I’ve had in quite a while 😂. It rained a lot the first couple of days we were here, but best believe that didn’t stop us from having a great time! We weren’t about to let some random thunderstorms stop us from getting our money’s worth. The last couple of days were much sunnier and we were actually able to the things we intended to do on our trip, like sipping on pina coladas with a backdrop of palm trees on the beach and going on a “jungle tour”, where we sped through the coast in speedboats and snorkeled on the reefs. (I thought I knew what snorkeling was…until I actually did it for the first time 😅) Throughout the trip, we ate out at various authentic Mexican restaurants, visited various bars, ruthlessly made fun of each other, explored downtown Cancun, experienced the insanity of Cancun driving, endlessly struggled with USD à Pesos conversions, became besties with a dope waitress who became our personal DJ at the restaurant we were at, spent hella pesos, enjoyed Cancun’s nightlife, befriended & partied with other Americans on vacation, and were endlessly & aggressively harassed by club promoters (bruh, these promoters were so damn persistent…like I encountered at least 100 different promoters during my time in Cancun. There were even little kids following us around trying to sell us bracelets wayyyy after their bedtime! It was all just insane.) As you can probably tell, I did NOT get much sleep these past five days. But it was absolutely worth it!

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It was a dope vacation overall and am extremely grateful that I had the opportunity to travel to Mexico for fun. My friends and I decided to try and make traveling an annual occurrence, so I’m looking forward to the crazy adventures that the world has in store for us in the future! Now that my two-week vacation is just about over, I plan on catching up on some sleep before dealing with the fact that I’m about to officially be a third-year medical student in a few short weeks. Ain’t that crazy?? It’s pretty weird to even say that I’m going to be a third-year. I’ve been in the classroom environment for so long…so not having to adhere to that lifestyle anymore is totally strange. I actually start third-year orientation this week, which consists of jam-packed 8am-5pm days full of information about what our next couple of years is going to look like. Needless to say, it’s going to be a very interesting couple of weeks and an even more interesting couple of years. But I’m ready for it. Okay I’m lying; another week of vacation would be absolutely lovely. But whatever, I’ll take what I can get lol. Ultimately, this two-and-a-half week-long orientation will definitely help to prepare me for the new dimension of learning that lies ahead, a dimension that will help to equip me with the practical and necessary skills that I need in order to become an effective and successful Black Man, M.D.

Y’all have a splendid week!

“To the degree we’re not living our dreams, our comfort zone has more control of us than we have over ourselves.” – Peter McWilliams

– Black Man, M.D.

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