le cahier de kev

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Musical Chairs of the Mind

I was sorting through my old music library and oh boy, it brought back so much memories.


I'm jamming out to songs like Sarina Paris' Baby Look at Us, Amber's This is Your Night, Enrique Iglesias' Bailamos, Cascada's Everytime We Touch, and Bon Jovi's You Give Love a Bad Name, to name a few.  Holy guacamole, I have the biggest smile on my face right now!  I highly recoomend Espionage by Green Day.  I first heard it when I had to watch a performance arts show back when I was an undergrad.  That song blew my mind when I saw the choreography.


I was talking to one of my friends over coffee and we were discussing handling criticism.  We all know that at some point in our lives we will be critiqued- be it in school, at a sport, at work, our cooking, our singing, or (insert skill, hobby, or wherever you might get evaluated here).  Sometimes it will be positive while other times it will be negative, but the important thing is to learn from your experiences so that you can hone your abilities.


There were situations when my teacher or supervisor called me out on something.  When I started doing clinical training, I would make a mistake and after realizing it, I knew in the back of my mind that my supervisor would say something when we had our one-on-one session.  Another situation was when I first learned to dance and we were integrating the basics of salsa.  I accidentally turned in the wrong direction and performed a different move, and my teacher yelled out my name.  It felt like the Home Alone movies when Kevin's mother would scream out "Kevinnnnnnn!!!!"


They would be tough on me, but their critiques were always constructive.  I was very fortunate to have knowledgeable and caring mentors who really pushed me.  As I grew older, I learned to understand their perspectives while putting in my own two cents if I had a different point of view.  I think that by seeing it as a learning experience, I became a lot more laid back with handling situations.  It's a lot about balance where you adapt to different environments.  In the end, it's always important to be cordial and professional to others.


On another note, I'm getting pretty stressed.  I think it's because it's the end of the year and that's when everything gets hectic.  I have Photoshop and pictures opened in one computer and my email, documents, and website editor opened in this one.  Ay, today's just one of those days where I feel so exhausted.  It snowed earlier today so that probably was a major factor.  The cold weather also got me really hungry.  I'm craving pesto with something...either a slice of pesto pizza or a pesto burger.  Ahh! It's the middle of the night.  If I think about food, I'll end up getting myself hungry.  Then I'll go eat and I won't be able to sleep (which is not good since it's past midnight already).  I'll probably get a pesto something for lunch tomorrow :)


Okay...I grabbed a trick or treat sized bag of M&Ms.  I was staring at the screen for a few minutes and that's when I realized I needed a quick boost of energy.


I finished editing an art paper and sent out the edited pictures.  Yay!


Back to happier topics.  It's important to really focus on what makes us happy because life throws so many unexpected curveballs that can dramatically change a situation in the blink of an eye.  We all have bad days where things just don't seem to go right, but in the end, things will only get to you if you allow them to.  As I got older, one thing that I apply is to not hold any grudges.  Sure something might make me feel like crap for a split moment (be it dropping an article in a puddle of water, having a negative confrontation with someone, or just feel like nothing is going right), but I learned to just take it easy.


Time is ticking.  We're not eternal creatures so why should we let negative experiences ruin the opportunities that come into our lives?  I'm sure we all want to look back with a smile on our faces and be like,


"Wow, I actually accomplished that" or

"I remember how much fun I had when I traveled to Costa Rica" or

"This is great, I met someone new and we get along really well!"


Our lives are always full of improvements and that's what essentially gives us the wisdom to not repeat mistakes or to see things from multiple perspectives.  Sure we can sit down and wallow in self pity, but what will that accomplish?  One of my mentors in medical journalism gave us one phrase of advice:


"You know that Nike slogan?" <everyone nods> "Yeah, Just do it!"


It did make sense though.  We can think about and discuss countless topics, but if we don't go out there and do something, it won't go anywhere.  So we should all "Just Do It!" We determine our path to happiness.  No one else can dictate it to us.  Remember, even if things don't seem to be going your way, in the end, you make the call.

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