I found this coin in my draw at work. It is dated 2011.
What was I doing in that year?
In that year I became a consultant – probably my biggest achievement so far. I started medical school in 1994 and it took me 17 years to get to that point. Four years later I am still learning. It’s funny – like driving – you are not really driving until you have your licence and you are on your own. And it’s when you start learning a whole other set of rules. I have enjoyed being a consultant – it hard hard work but worth the effort and toil it took to get here. I still have another mountain climb with regard to work but I guess it is a step at a time.
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I graduated that year. Another achievement. It took me sometime to finish my MSc. I started in 2007 but I stopped part way through due to ill health. If it was not for my father’s wisdom and encouragement I am not sure I would have completed it. I am eternally grateful. The next thing is a PhD. It will be sometime before I embark on this but I will do in this lifetime I am sure. I love studying, it is rather all consuming but deeply satisfying.
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In 2011 turned 35 and I went on holiday to Spain with my sisters for the first time to celebrate my birthday.
We spent a 5 days in Barcelona. It was perhaps one of the best holidays I have ever had the privilege to go on. We just had fun, in a way only sisters can. We laughed, we ate good food, visited many interesting places. Most of all I just learnt to relax and let my hair down. I think I learnt to just be myself and enjoy being me. I learnt to be comfortable in my own skin in a way I had never been before.
It was pretty good year.