I’ve been in the midst of a great big decision. Do I apply for ND school this year as planned? Or should I consider gaining more conventional experience for a better approach to integrative medicine later on? It’s a difficult decision because for about 4 years I’ve been excited to apply for ND school. So far, every year something out of my control comes along that pushes it another year away. Yet, these past years I’ve just been dying to just hop right into it and continue on with my life.
Only recently has it occurred to me that maybe, just maybe, it would be more beneficial to the career I want to have more allopathic experience under my belt. Internship isn’t nearly enough…it doesn’t even scratch the surface at all. My Mom told me, “Amy, you’re young. You don’t need to rush into naturopathic medicine.” The more I think about it, the more I think it’s true. Why rush into it? Integrative medicine is what I want to do at the end of the day but, rather than rush into the other half without properly soaking in this half of medicine, why not take my time and do what’s likely better in the long run for the career I want?
When you stop rushing into things, you realise there’s a lot more that life has to offer. Slow down. Take your time. Savour the experiences in the present.