Monday, January 4, 2010

Back to reality

School started today. When my alarm rang this morning it took a lot of my energy to prevent any tears from rolling down. A lot. I'm not one for new year's resolutions but if I had to pick just one thing to change for 2010 it would be my terrible attitude about dentistry--my future career!! I had promised myself to begin the semester with a new, positive outlook on school and San Antonio. Well, that lasted for about two minutes after my arrival from Dallas. It's like the couch in my apartment has some undeniable force that sucks me in and prevents me from doing anything but sulking in front of the TV for more hours than I'd like to ever admit. What the hell?? I'm not a sulker! Out of rebellion against that whole resolution thing, and in hopes of trading in wasted hours on the couch for any other more productive activity, here are a few things that I'd like to perhaps embrace (not change!) from 2009.

1. Live a little.
I finished last semester behaving as if I were in college again. I know it's not possible to have late nights dancing and joking with friends all the time but it just felt so good to let loose and not worry about time or bags forming under my eyes the next morning or the fear of over- sleeping. I'd like to carry over some of that nonchalant attitude to this decade.

2. Put on my big girl pants more often.
Tom, so lovingly I'm sure, reminded me one evening to "put on my big girl pants and just go", referring to a New Year's Eve concert I wanted to attend. The scenario: me, some other people, really good band, really cool guy in band, me and other people going to watch band with really cool guy perform. Due to last minute crisis those other people bail. Shit!! What do I do?? I put on my big girl pants and go. By myself. That's right, went to the concert and stood ever so elegantly (for real), alone, and totally enjoyed myself and even thought "damn, maybe I should do this more often". OK, maybe not the last part. Anyway, if you knew the guy you'd do the same thing. And of course it ended up being one of the best NYE I've had.

3. Don't fight my competitive spirit.
2009 was the year of the half marathon for me. I felt incredible after this race and it's so true what everyone says, you just can't beat the adrenaline rush you get running your ass off and being cheered on by thousands (seriously) of people. So fun! Although people also told me I'd be dying to run a full marathon afterward. I'm in no way ashamed to admit that is not the case with me. No thanks. 13.1 is about as much pain as I can handle. Anyway, I'd like to run several races this year including this one and this one. That would be sweet.

Bundled and ready to run

Here's to a great new year for all! Everyone pitch in and leave some love about how cool teeth are, maybe that will get me a little more excited about this whole dental school thing!


tom laster said...

I can't believe I got a shout out!!!
Yay for big girl pants!!

In response to your request...toothery is cool because the sweetest little old grandma in the world just got told yesterday that after waiting for over a decade, her work was finally going to get done by someone... by me. She was overwhelmingly thankful and promised to find me a wife at her church... ummmmmm....idk about that one though

Brigid said...

I agree Tom! I rely on those small moments when tears come to their eyes - brings me back to reality.

tom laster said...

So, Brigid, you like it when you make your patients cry???? ;)