As any med student knows, vacay is just as essential to our training as the blocks of learning we do. Without a break here and there, your brain just… kinda melts.
Seriously, though, down time is important to mental well-being and how you perceive your education as a whole. (Part of the reason why I preferred a 4-year to a 3-year program.) A soft reset once in a while helps bring up your energy, your mood, and helps you reconnect with friends and family. Plus this time I had a bit of extra thinking space to get my CaRMS rank list together. (shudder) My beautiful spreadsheet is glorious.
I was fortunate enough to spend the last 2 weeks in Maui, one of my favourite places in the whole world. And while we did have a couple of pretty slow days, I still did a lot of learning. Do read on.
- Slow days are not lost days. There’s something refreshing about quietly reading away a whole afternoon.
- I suck at golf except for every 5 shots.
- Then I want to train for the PGA tour.
- (But seriously, I suck pretty hard.)
- SPF 30. It’s the shield and armour of us whitey people.
- There’s less conversation at dinner when you go out in the US. Everyone else does plenty.
- Honestly, it’s impossible not to listen in when they don’t have that invisible conversation bubble I’m used to.
- Gary Busey may be running around disguised as an even scarier-looking dude and terrorizing a McDonald’s in Kahalui.
- There isn’t a variety of native Hawai’ian fish that isn’t delicious.
- I may yet conquer my fear of snorkeling in open water (you were awesome, L).
- Sea turtles help with the above. My big beloved honu. Super chill to swim with.
- DO NOT kayak then stretch your biceps right away. DON’T. (Nasty inflammation after, ouchies.)
- On big hikes, consistency is key. Don’t bound up 100 feet then crawl the next 100. Easy does it.
- Being close to a humpback whale from a laughably tiny kayak is a humbling experience.
- Topical diclofenac (i.e. Emulgel) actually helps take the sting out of sunburns.
- While golfing, be gentle with your club handles. If you use the Grip of Death, they will reward you with many blisters.
- Have at least every other dinner in your place. It’s fun to BBQ in February and eating out is that much more savoury.
- Try not to roll your eyes every time an American sports commentator puts down a non-US Olympian.
- Do not look for single, 20-something dudes in Kapalua. You will not find them.
- Like water stuff? Those GoPro cameras are amazing. (See above)
- Savour and cherish every moment of your vacation. It’ll be over before you know it.
Now, as I still have another week and a bit, I’ll be spending some time editing my screenplay and helping a bit with the upcoming skit show… Can’t wait!