Life lessons I probably shouldn’t have learned in primary school.

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Everyone has their non-conventional stories their parents share over Christmas, or the big family gathering, year after year.

Unfortunately for me, and fortunately for my parents, I ran a little high on the content generation for just these evenings.

Whilst packing up my childhood home over the last few weeks, we stumbled upon a 1 dollar advertisement flier, proudly displaying the catchphrase — “lose weight now, ask me how”, a catchphrase of a large nutritional and self-distribution marketing company.

As a child, my parents’ ventures into sales were interesting but far less so than the prospect of having all this…

Where does laziness fit, if anywhere, in a world where productivity is king?

Someone working on their bed, lazy but productive
Someone working on their bed, lazy but productive
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What if I told you laziness has a role in a productive lifestyle? Most of us would argue against it and to be honest, I wouldn’t blame you.

“Try harder”, “You’re just lazy”.

We’ve all heard it. Well, at least most of us must have heard it at some point in our lives. It felt dirty, possibly even shameful. You’ve heard it before. Sometimes the label is imposed by others. Others labelling themselves.

It took me many years to realise that what others perceived as laziness was an isolated viewpoint of my life. The years where I was labelled the most, I was most active…

Being an ostrich is not the most effective way to deal with “headline stress disorder”

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I avoided the news for a month and learnt far more than expected.

I have always considered myself a well-read individual, particularly with current events. I prided myself on an awareness of what was happening, both around me and in the world at large. Then 2020 started, and we went from one calamity to another.

Each day I felt more and more despondent, each morning was a chore. Even worse was the daily commute littered with headlines of hatred and intolerance. …

Five things I’ve learnt after graduating medical school.

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The best analogy for getting through medical school is HIIT (high intensity interval training for those of us who haven’t jumped on the COVID-19 home exercise craze). Years of gradual learning with high intensity periods of studying (and more exams than I care to count) trains us, but, like many degrees, may not fully prepare us for those first days or months in the wards.

We’re taught to question everything during our training (those of you who have completed some clinical training can probably rattle off more than 100 standard questions to help identify features of disease), but few apply…

CJ Evans

Medical practitioner, traveler and explorer.

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