09.05.2016 - 09.05.2016
"Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass... It's about learning to dance in the rain"
It's been a crazy week to say the least. The Canadian licensing exam is finally over and left most of us writing it feel slightly inadequate, nonetheless it's over. The whiff of fresh air and a blast of sunshine after walking out of that exam was a welcome relief. Coupled with the small stress of the exam was the unfortunate passing of my beloved grandfather this last week. He was quite an amazing man and it was humbling to see the support of both friends and family over the last week in helping with everything from food arrangements and warm prayers for our family. Being in the field of medicine does help with the understanding of the loss and to help rationalize the body's failure to cope with crucial systems losing their function but doesn't do much to help with the emotional blow as families enter the grieving process. To go from laughter to tears and back to laughter, cyclically through the course of the week was a powerful sentiment to experience.
Famous physician author Atul Gawande once wrote
"In the end, people don't view their life as merely the average of all its moments—which, after all, is mostly nothing much plus some sleep. For human beings, life is meaningful because it is a story. A story has a sense of a whole, and its arc is determined by the significant moments, the ones where something happens."
As we celebrate the life of my grandfather and talk about his stories at the dinner table it's now time to create some worthy memories that I hope to one day share myself. The journey is now under way as I sit here in JFK awaiting the next leg of our flight amidst the thousands of travellers each looking to craft their own memories.
This trip is definitely less planned than I would have liked but it's also exciting to be walking into a new country with an open itinerary for the most part. Yanbo and I have our hostels hooked and nothing else and we may plan something on this next 8 hour flight or just pass out and get some rest before our 9 am arrival in Madrid.
The working itinerary:
Madrid until the 15th
Cordoba for a night
Seville for 5 days
Valencia for 2 days
Finale in Barcelona for 4 days
Here's to new adventures, travel friendships and a lot of selfies.