Exams ended last week, and I can say that I am finished with my first year of veterinary school! Hopefully I passed all my exams, won’t find out a day after I leave for Thailand, but I felt confident about it so there’s that. This year so far has been quite a journey. From moving to a whole new continent, making new friends, learning my way around Melbourne and learning crazy amounts of information about animals and the animal industry! All in all I feel like I’ve adapted well out here, I’m excited for the break and my vacation and placements, and also looking forward to tackling year two of veterinary school. However, it’s important that I really take this time to relax.
In anticipation for Thailand I really have no idea what to expect. Thoughts of Buddhist monks and 1000 year old temples, alongside the bustling markets and working with elephants spring to mind. It’s an adventure I can’t wait to experience.
I want to write down some goals for my break. There’s a lot of planning that comes to mind, but there are things I want to be mindful of as I begin my travels:
- Stay attuned to my spiritual, mental and physical health; definitely something I’ve been struggling to balance, and I hope to take this time off to really make a concerted effort to make time to meditate, exercise, and reflect
- Fear less; the unknown and the future often scare me. From possible things that may happen, to losing someone important to me. I want to appreciate every breathing moment of this life of mine because I know it’s temporary. With that I want to smile as much as I can, and live as hard I can, and you can’t do that if you have fear.
- Love more; It doesn’t matter what you’ve done, there is always good inside everyone. It’s important to nurture good and limit bad. I know personally it’s so easy for me to fall into self loathing, wishing I can do more. I want to be mindful that even when I fall, as long as I keep getting up I can still love and respect myself. Where I am in life is where I’m meant to be, and I want to accept my failures and shortcomings and still love myself for it, because even then I know that I must be unrelenting and keep striving for my goals.