July 10, 2011

the people we used to be

some sage advice from a quote cited by a friend today in a discussion on how we're all still becoming who we are, every day, and the importance of remembering all the many people we - and all our friends - were before.
we got to reflecting about just how much our ideas of what makes us happy and what we want in the future have changed, especially since starting medical school, from the visions we held of ourselves before.
Yet those visions of ourselves are never fully evaporated, just incorporated and interpreted in new ways.


“We are well advised to keep on nodding terms with the people we used to be, whether we find them attractive company or not.
Otherwise they turn up unannounced and surprise us, come hammering on the mind's door at 4am of a bad night and demand to know who deserted them, who betrayed them, who is going to make amends.
We forget all too soon the things we thought we could never forget.”
-Joan Didion


(you might need to click on the photo to make it bigger, but that's second grade me up in the upper left corner with the rest of my class and the VP and principal. Right before they took the photo, I said "WAIT!" and proceeded to take my awesome pink headband off and put it on - backwards. Yup, I guess I've always had some issues with photos)

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