Goodbye...... for now.
It is true that I will be leaving Parker. It was a wonderful chapter in my life, filled with new experiences and relationships. I would be remiss to not mention some of my strongest mentors through that time. Dr. Pearce and Dr. Liming, thank you for always being there for advice during my most difficult times. Both of you are exemplary Clinicians, and it never ceases to amaze me the amount of lives you touch, both patients and future doctors. Dr. Tom, thank you for your wise Canadian/Asian guidance over the years. Your words of mentor-ship have been invaluable to me both professionally and personally. You have been a great friend and an amazing mentor. Thank you for listening to all my complaining with a smile, you sir, are a true gentleman. Dr. Tom, Dr. Pearce, and Dr. Liming, your work is often unappreciated and unrecognized. Having been in that position for two years, has given me a respect for the three of you on a whole different level. Keep fighting the good fight.
Reflecting on the past few you years, I have recognized that experience is what you get when you don't want it. I've experienced a tidal wave of obstacles, problems and individuals that have tried to stop me every step of the way. But I've realized that these barriers are only temporary and they come and go with time. To quote Bruce Lee "If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else. It will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them.". I've always tried to live both my professional and personal life by this mantra. I will not lie to you, living by this has caused me an immense amount of pain. But the sweet ain't as sweet without the sour right? You can never appreciate life without being knocked down to your butt a few times. But when you decide to get up, which is never easy, your reward is immense personal growth. Like they say, sometimes you have to journey through hell on earth to find heaven on earth.
I don't know what my next chapter in life is going to be. I can tell you that there are two things for certain. It will be an adventure and that I will be following my true passions. This may keep me here in Dallas, or bring me back to Canada. I'm not sure. For those who may come to life's difficult crossroads as I am these days, my advice is don't listen to the world. They will always try to keep you in a box, and tell you that's where you belong. Listen to your heart, it already know's what you want to do. Don't waste time, because it can't be replaced.