Photography Milestone

While in Sydney, I took a photo that I am extremely proud of.

A full 8 years after taking up photography I’ve taken a pic like this. 

I used to wonder if I’d ever be able to capture a perfectly in focus motion shot at just the right moment.

And here it is

It’s times like this that make me think that photography has a lot to do with luck and being in the right place at the right time. 

So happy with this photo! ^^ the splash is in focus, so is the duck, so are the vibrant lotus leaves around it, so is the duck’s green eye. 

My Life Is AverageĀ 

So today I was mulling around thinking about the current state of my life. Basically kind of bored.

I just finished a 10 day working stretch including weekend and then slept for 11 hours straight.

I woke up and it was hard to get into a mode where I don’t think about work.

You know people bang on and on about “work-life balance” like it’s some magical equation that’ll make your life perfect. I bet all of them would agree that I don’t have such a “balance”

Mostly because people think that this “balance” is either being able to have babies and being a working mom (if you’re a woman), or being involved in some kind of group activity like sports or tree planting club or something.

I basically stay home and browse the internet and talk to my friends. I’m not part of any club and I’m not particularly athletically inclined. I’m sure most of these balance people will say that’s not good enough.

I kind of disagree. I think work-life balance is more about being able to give your best at work and outside of it. And let me tell you, I am giving 100% to being lazy right now.

But also it’s that point in my life where there are no big goals and nothing much to work towards.

Like I spent a lot of effort and time working towards becoming a doctor and it’s like, well now what?

So that’s what work-life balance is kind of a question mark for me. Now what do I do with my life?

A friend of mine said it may seem a bit messy but if you sum it up, it doesn’t sound that bad. He proceeded to say “I’ve got a good job I’m about to be promoted in, I’m engaged and planning a trip to Japan this year”

I had to laugh.

Mostly because that actually sounded great and my summary wouldn’t sound as good.

“I’m a doctor, working in Middlemore hospital… and uhh….”

Yeah I don’t know. It required much more thought after that initial sentence. Like yes I’m a doctor, and that’s pretty good I suppose. I’ve just started, I’ve got my whole career ahead of me, working towards becoming a gastro consultant etc.

What else do I do? I’ve got my blog. I’ve got my writing. I like taking photos, I like playing the guitar.

But I’m not exactly fantastic at any of these things. I’m basically average.

I’d like to be someone who does a lot of things. But I don’t know what.

Oh well. Today I at least made a point to play guitar, write, and take photos.

Macro shot of my bamboo plant/tree thing!

I’m going to get back into taking photos I think. Macro today. But hopefully will get back into going places and taking landscape photos. After all, the season is perfect for some soft, pastel photography.

Mindfulness PaintingĀ 

I’ve just had a two week break after my GP rotation and before the final two rotations of the year. Those being psychiatry (starting tomorrow) and my selective in Melbourne (more on this soon. Watch this space) 

The two weeks went by way too quickly for my liking and I had a lot to do. Catching up on sleep was a main project of course. But so was my portfolio (that I am yet to complete), an essay, a pathology assignment, and studying for my progress test. 

There’s always room for procrastination though! So I thought I’d do some painting. To pick up an old hobby of mine using some blank canvas I’ve had lying around. Well, actually my mum said if I didn’t use the canvas right now she was going to chuck it out. But it was something I had been wanting to do. 

Have you heard of mindfulness colouring? I didn’t know this was a thing until I was a couple of years into med school and some of the med students were using this as a stress-buster. For those of you who don’t know what mindfulness colouring is, it’s a book of pictures you can colour in. But not like the ones you had when you were 4 years old with the zoo animals that had a maximum of 6 spaces you could colour in. These are elaborate drawings of sceneries and kaleidoscope type patterns, and even the Mona Lisa. With over 100 tiny spaces to colour in with different colours. Apparently working through these teeny-weeny spaces is supposed to be equivalent to practising mindfulness. Personally I’d rather just eat some chocolate or something. But apparently it works for people. 

Anyway, back to painting. I had a relatively small canvas so I thought I’d try a more intricate painting with different parts and textures. I’m no artist. I use standard acrylic paints with a pallet I’ve had since age 5. It took a whole two weeks but I think it turned out pretty okay and I think I understand mindfulness colouring a bit more. Very relaxing and very rewarding in the end. 

Et Voila! Mindfulness Painting. Again, I’m not the best artist so in case you were wondering, that’s a peacock. The face doesn’t look very natural and the feathers are a bit all over the place but I think overall it looks okay! It took a very long time to get the feathers right and every line in, but it was fun. Therapeutic actually. 

Well, onward to psychiatry!