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Core Story – Reverb 10, Day 31

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What was Reverb10?

December 31 – Core Story. What central story is at the core of you, and how do you share it with the world? (Bonus: Consider your reflections from this month. Look through them to discover a thread you may not have noticed until today.) (Author: Molly O’Neill)

Yesterday, I started reading a blog written by a medical resident. He’s I think two years in, and while I loved reading it, there was a strong current of “I hope that’s not me in 4 or 5 years” coursing through my thoughts. I’m incredibly thankful for the life that I’m cultivating outside of my medical career – my ever-changing hobbies, my parrot, my friends, my boyfriend, my family – and I hope that come residency, I’m still nurturing those sides of me.

Right now my core story is certainly that I’m a medical student. I have been for 1.5 years, and I will be for2.5 more years. But my core story is not my entire story, and it wouldn’t be a very good one if it was, and that I think is the thread that runs through my posts. That I am a medical student but that I refuse to let it be an all-consuming part of my life.

How I share my story with the world is a bit of an obvious question to ask a blogger, or maybe it’s only an obvious question to ask an introverted blogger. At the rate that I open up to people in person, my story won’t get very far or be very deep, but writing in this blog, I’m able to share more deeply, and with more people.


And so ends Reverb 10! I hope I haven’t bored anyone with this never-ending onslaught of daily(!) posts. I’ve had a lot of fun, but I’m happy to return to my more occasional posting schedule. I suspect that this blog will begin to focus more and more on medicine and less and less on my creations; my education is becoming increasingly more interesting (I’m starting to feel like I’m actually learning about medicine as a field and career and not just as a classroom science) and my time and energy for making things will be shrinking.

But through it all, I hope my posts will still be good reading, infrequent as they may be. I’m determined to try to blog through third year though, because I’m so curious what it’s like and was always disappointed when I’d read through archives of other medical bloggers and third year was mostly undocumented. I know it’s for good reason, but I’m up for the challenge! Even if I only manage to write one entry per rotation, that’s something.

Thank you everyone who’s stopped by and read my Reverb 10 posts! You’ve helped me stay the course and finish, and also helped make this feel like a worthwhile experience. Happy New Year!

Written by Aba

December 31, 2010 at 5:21 am

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