Resilience is defined by the Cambridge Dictionary as the ability to be happy, successful again after something difficult or bad has happened. In the past few months, I have realized how important is being able to build resilience in life. I have seen a few of my classmates falling off track and not being able to see the silver lining in our veterinary journey…They might think that I have too much faith or I don’t perceive the reality correctly.
But, the truth is that resilience has been helping me to deal with stressful situations in vet school and family health issues. I am learning to be adaptable to life’s changes and to maintain a good attitude through unexpected situations no matter what. In the end, I know cannot avoid stressful situations but what I can do...is change how I respond to those situations.
I look forward to the future and focus on all the positive outcomes each day has to offer. Because of that, I am more optimistic and expect that something good will happen sooner than later. I visualize what I want in my veterinary journey instead of worrying about what I don’t want. I like to nurture myself by reading or listening to motivational books that aid me to build resilience instead of wasting too much time on social media. I try to make plans and look for opportunities that help me feel motivated to never stop working for what I want. And ultimately, this has helped me learn to accept change because it is part of living and it will shape me into a better person and doctor.