I am thankful for the presence & the present.
- The presence of my lecturers & friends at the event, it is a symbol of their presence throughout my journey as a master student. Of course, those who are not there, they are still in my heart..
- The present from Organon, it is very much unexpected and it comes as a surprise!
The 'present' comes in this month when I'm still struggling with my thesis, and I know most of my friends are struggling as well. Because February is just 6 weeks away, and February is associated with deadlines! I mean it, DEADlines! In ECG, a deadline is a flat line when nothing much can be done most of the time. But before the deadline... time like now, multiple events may occur... the ST depression, the arrythmia, SVT or VF.. you name it! The good thing is resuscitation is still possible. Oh, throughout the journey as a master student, I can recall clearly facing times like this - preparing for exams, preparing my protocols & now preparing my thesis. Times when you'll say to yourselves; "Yes, nobody says doing master is easy, but no one ever says it is this hard!"
It is a challenge.. how to study, at the same time to work, to be a good mother, to be a good wife, to manage your home, to care for your parents, to care for your vulnerable patients, and at times to feel vulnerable & incompetent yourself facing your patient's behaviour at work and your kids behaviour at home.. and perhaps your husband's behaviour as well! It is indeed a challenge, but thinking of it positively, in every challenge there is an oppotunity for our own self growth.
Why... because we have no choice, but to learn to be more effective both at home and at work, to have good time management, to improve our communications and to care for our interpersonal relationships, avoiding unnecessary conflicts, we have to grow ourselves. And Alhamdulillah, learning psychiatry itself is also learning about self growth!
Of course, having mentioned all those, the award means so much to me. It is not possible without the guidance from all my lecturers and specialists both in HUKM & HKL, the gift of friendships from all my friends, my best friend Salwa & my other study group friends Vincent & Aida - in particular. It is not possible without the support & sacrifice from my husband, my kids & my family.
Because Salwa, Vincent & Aida were not around, I have sms them to say my 'thank you' and appreciation. Salwa called me back, that's very thoughtful of her. I'll surely belanja all of you.