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Try walking in my shoes

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Imagine yourself walking in high heels on the cat walk with all those flashes in your face. Try to focus on the position of your body, of your head and chest. What about the ice cream you ate yesterday? They must have noticed the grams you have gained. Now, inhale…exhale…calm down and keep walking because the critics are watching you and the cameras are following every single movement of yours. Do you still think that being a model is the dream profession?

Now take off the high heels and put on the combat boots. Don’t forget the uniform…and your courage too. The journey just began. Adopt the idea that you are going to sacrifice for something greater than yourself and this will be an honor that not everyone can know. Beside the honor, you will create stress on your family that goes beyond the day-to-day difficulties experienced in daily life. When you are deployed to a war zone you are not the only one affected, but your parents, spouse, children and siblings. You missed the birth of your baby, his first steps, while you have been fighting for your country and your spouse was caring for the financial issues and the other family members. Not that easy..huh?

Can you please now lay aside the uniform and come with me to the dressing room so we can continue with our journey. Over there is the white coat. Take it…..and follow me…….Let me tell you that now you are able to comfortably support your family. But the price of the comfort you are paying is one really stressful and demanding lifestyle. Your new job will bring you the three “HP”s – High Pay, High Prestige and High Pressure. Just as saving lives can be rewarding, the responsibility of your patients’ health lies in your hands. Your job is one unexpected process consisting of instantaneous decisions that might lead to making a mistake or losing a patient. Are you ready to deal with loss and suffering?

You are paying yourself in empty words if you believe that you can imagine what’s like to live someone else’s life. Do not assume that we all have similar lives, but recognize that we all have widely different perceptions of the world around us and its obstacles.

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