Don’t Let Someone Else’s Script Narrate Your Story

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Sometimes the people we love are those most likely to sabotage us by insisting on forcing our unconventional narrative to fit within their traditional story framework. My wife’s grandmother, a widow, had developed dementia and moved to an assisted living facility. My wife’s aunt, a successful attorney in her 50s who happened to be single, had come from out of …

Are You Having A Career ALTE?

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Careers in medicine have evolved over time. It’s always been a hard path, but previously, you knew what you were getting when you signed up. Recent changes have eliminated significant autonomy and prestige from a medical career. Increased debt conspires with decreased satisfaction until we unexpectedly encounter an Apparent Longevity Threatening Event (ALTE), an inflection point where we acknowledge that …

My Breakdown Of Rainbows And Unicorns

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My rationale for pursuing financial independence and reducing my clinical load (almost typed cynical load – what do you make of it, Dr. Freud?) has been largely to have more time for my family. I now realize this might be mistaken by readers to suggest that my family time is in some way more tolerable than theirs; that my children …