My entry to med school is precariously hanging in a balance. Of the three schools I have applied for, only PLM is yet to release its results. I failed to get into UP and UST, the former I reckon because my credentials were not up to their standards, (I didn't graduate with latin honors--read about it here, nor did I have a 99+ NMAT), and considering their ratio of UP grads to 'outsiders' it was a literal shot to the moon; as for the latter, well, I could only surmise I was not the type of personality they were looking for. Among the ones selected to take the psychology exam, I could only faintly imagine what my exam result revealed (psychopath? work freak? hermit with antisocial tendencies?) Haha.
Among the three, I am really eyeing to get into PLM since I don't want to further burden my parents with my two other brothers studying and me going back to school. Needless to say, UST was really a shaky prospect in the first place. Currently, I am taking up my lacking Physics units at Philippine Christian University (more on that in the coming posts). Should the results be less than favorable, I have plan B percolating in the kitchen.
While I am yet to be disheartened, I want to list five people who inspire me to never give up and to just take life by the horns.
At 35 years old she has clinched seven of the hardest and most prestigious marathons in the world. Among them the NYC, London and Boston marathons. She has also conquered the Ironman Triathlon, a grueling combination of running, swimming and cycling events, and have set many world athletic records. The catch is not that she's 35, or that she's a woman. She's an above the knee amputee.
Born with proximal femoral focal deficiency, (causing shortening of the leg) her parents elected to have her right leg amputated. While growing up, teachers and classmates often left her out in PE classes because she was 'different', immediately judged unable to keep up with 'normal ones' given her condition. She proved everybody wrong when at age 11, she clinched first at a 100 meter dash track meet. From then on she would train tirelessly for marathons and triathlons, where she would be the first female above the knee amputee to be an Ironman finisher.
Real or perceived we all have our handicaps. Some greater than others, some nothing but overblown products of too much whining, self-pity and underestimation of our capabilities. Actually, this woman puts half of us to shame. Finishing a 2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike and run in a matter of 15 hours is not something you can just get out of your couch and do on whim. You train and work hard for these things, and if anything she is living proof we can achieve anything we put our minds into. Why be part of the general population who complains before they act, disheartened before making the first move, and defeated before they even try, when you can actually be the exception?
1st of 5 parts