I was very inspired by Ali’s last post about creating a vision for the future. So, here’s an abbreviated list of my life goals:
1. Finish med school at the top of my class and become a skilled emergency physician/family practitioner/neurosurgeon/pathologist/trauma surgeon/pediatrician. (Perhaps you can see the problem here.)
2. Write a Pulitzer Prize winning book about something very important.
3. Come up with a successful solution to the problem with healthcare in the U.S. and internationally. (Specifically, finding a way to provide affordable universal healthcare to everyone, and at the same time loosen the health insurance and pharmaceutical industries’ grip on our current faltering system, which seems to only make the wealthy even wealthier and sentences the less fortunate to perpetually worsening conditions.)
4. Give birth to 3.5 healthy children and raise them all to be exceptional people, all while continuing medical school and building my career. (This would most likely involve concurrently discovering a way to not require sleep.)
5. Travel to every continent and many different countries on a regular basis (and also learn the language(s) of the various places I visit).
6. Convince the world that a war on “anything” is never a solution, but rather serves to propagate the futile and infantile belief that declaring and “winning” a war is a sane approach to any problem.
7. Run a successful animal adoption society from my farm (which will include many acres of wildlife, and also be situated in a large metropolitan area).
8. Orchestrate the mass destruction of all televisions and convince the world’s population that they would actually be better off without “American Idol” and commercials for drugs that they probably don’t need, but for some reason seem to desire after watching the beautiful lady who started taking the advertised drug suddenly be whisked away to a lush, green field with butterflies and chirping birds (see also #3).
9. Learn as much as possible from those who are much wiser than I.
10. Create a recipe for fat-free and calorie-free peanut butter cheesecake that tastes exactly like the real thing.