I have come to the point in my life where I realized the opportunities I may have missed. At the age of 23, there is the constant struggle of balancing the necessary steps for financial security and living in the moment. One part of me wants to drop everything and go out to experience the world. I remind myself that true wealth comes not from the materialistic but rather from the immaterial. However the rational side of me says that I just take the proper steps, proceed with medical school and go on with my career and family life. Each has its pluses and minuses, and each is a very different path.

This prompted me to think back to the decisions I’ve made in my adult life thus far. I got into a relationship during my senior year of high school, which lasted right through college. I went to the University of Illinois in Urbana Champaign, following the path of the best school rather than living in Chicago as I had wanted to. I was not able to study abroad because my courses would not align. Thinking back it seemed that everything I had wanted to do, I went against to make what is considered the “right decision".

Everything was going as I had planned though, and I was going to be secure. I graduated college, applied to medical school, and had met the girl I’d marry some day. Life’s a fickle thing sometimes though, in the 3 months following my graduation, I had been rejected from every medical school and my 4 and a half year relationship ended. All of a sudden, I began to question every move I had made and all the steps I want to take moving forward. Now I have the urge to move to a new city, work for a biotech company, and just spend time meeting new people.

The more I think about it, though, I’m not the kind of person to take that risk. I learned to appreciate every decision I’ve made to this point, because no matter what has happened, that is what made me who I am today. Looking back, it’s important to have no regrets but also not allow a few sudden events to cause an over correction of my personality.