Here is my favorite recent read that I HIGHLY recommend.
At the Soulstice Retreat that I helped plan for my work, and any guests that signed up for Book Club were asked to read this book. All of the guests raved to me at the retreat about how wonderful the book was so I couldn’t wait to get around to reading it.
In California, Will and I traded off diving our noses into it and I honestly couldn’t seem to set it down. Dr. Kalanithi is truly one of the most talented authors I have ever read from.
Here are two quotes I loved….
“That message is simple: When you come to one of the many moments in life when you must give an account of yourself, provide a ledger of what you have been, and done, and meant to the world, do not, I pray, discount that you filled a dying man’s days with a sated joy, a joy unknown to me in all my prior years, a joy that does not hunger for more and more, but rests, satisfied. In this time, right now, that is an enormous thing.”
“There is a moment, a cusp, when the sum of gathered experience is worn down by the details of living. We are never so wise as when we live in this moment.”
This book made me truly realize how precious life is. Any second, something can happen to your body that can become irreversible and detrimental to your overall health. To take it for granted even for one second seems like a second wasted.
The other thing I got out of this book was an eye-opening realization of what the life of a doctor is truly like. It is HARD yet rewarding. It is expensive yet priceless. It is grueling yet amazing.
I will be honest- I have been apprehensive at times about Will pursuing a career in medicine. I am worried about those long durations apart, obviously worried about the debt and worried about the stress Will will encounter on a daily basis. However, the fact he will be in a position that will help save or accompany someone in dire need seems like a rewarding career to me.
Will definitely loves his job where he currently is right now. There are days where he truly does consider staying there and pursuing a career in a completely different industry. However, only time will tell where we will end up. And until then, “we are never so wise as when we live in this moment”.
On Friday, Will picked me up from work and we went to eat at EVA downtown SLC. It is a quaint little restaurant that serves tapas and we left more than satisfied. We ordered the pea and spinach gnocchi, meat and cheese board, steak and the brussels sprouts! Then we went to the Olympus game to watch Will’s little brother Jake play in their first season game! I don’t think I will ever outgrow high school sports. Is that bad? Haha!
On Saturday Will told me to be ready at our house by 8am. I was supposed to run 16 miles for my marathon training but figured this was the perfect excuse NOT to run 16 miles 😂. I am really starting to get burnt out from running… which is not good because I have the biggest race of my life creeping up real fast ah. Oh well, I might not be able to walk ever again after the race but we’re chillin.
Anyways, that morning he drove me to Rich’s bagels (my fave) and when I walked in, my whole family was there to surprise me! It was 8am in the morning so as tired as they all were, I was so happy they came to surprise me! Then we drove up to Secret Lake up Big Cottonwood Canyon and walked around the lake all together. It was beyond pretty! If you are in Utah, you need to go up there. It’s dreamy.
On Sunday I woke up and Will had flowers, Diet Coke and donuts for me (because what else would I ever want on my birthday?!) and then we went to a two sacrament meetings, had a combined family dinner, (Will’s mom made all my favorite foods!). walked down to visit my grandparents and ended the night watching Broadchurch on Netflix.
It was a simple birthday but I loved seeing my family, spending time with Will and obviously eating as much sugar as I wanted!
Definitely one to remember.