Debbie’s Corner: Am I ready to become a Doctor?


Howdy, everyone?

How’s the last month of the year going like for you?

So it’s no longer news that I’m an aspiring doctor

But then I sometimes ask myself

“Hey girl, are you sure you want to be a doctor?

Are you sure you’ve got what it takes

All the stress, the exams and all

Can you really cope?

Forget the prestige of the name doctor,

Do you love the job?

Forget the lab coat,

Do you love the lifestyle (because medicine is a lifestyle)

Are you sure someone can entrust their life in your hands?

Forget all those childhood dreams, Debbie,

Do you really have the passion?

Have you been called to it? (because being a doctor is a calling)”

And then I answer myself saying

“I can do it

I was born for it

I have the passion to be a doctor

I love the job

And the lifestyle too

I believe I can do all things

Because Christ has given me the strength

I know that I have been called into this tasking army

God has given me the opportunity to choose between life and death

And I have chosen life

So yes, someone can entrust their life in my hands

Not because I can do it all

But because I know the eternal creator is always beside me

I am going into this, not for myself

But because I know

A lot of lives are tied to it

Both spiritually and physically”

And whenever I remind myself this,

I get a new zeal

A new strength to forge ahead, to carry on

I am reassured in my spirit

That I can do this

And yes I will.

Deborah Adeyanju Is An Aspiring Medical Doctor Who Is Passionate About Making A Difference In The World Of Medicine And Life. Read Her Previous Article HERE.




Yesterday, I was watching a programme on TLC, called Body Bizarre. The episode was titled A tiger ate my face. A poor fisherman in a village in Bangladesh was eaten by a tiger when he went fishing with his friends.

For twenty-three years (23), he hid away from the public due to the disfigurement of his face, but finally, he sought medically to repair his face so as to have a chance at re-integrating and living a good life.

The plastic surgeon he met told him he (the doctor) could repair his face through a series of surgeries that would last for a year.

The doctor told him to think about it and just as I had envisaged, the fisherman refused to do the surgery. His excuse was that one year is too long.

I wasn’t too surprised because there’s one thing that is synonymous with poor people is the fact that they are not risk takers. Poor people are too risk-averse.

If you guys had seen the fisherman’s face, it was horrible. The position of his mouth had shifted to one side; half of his face was gone. The tiger completely ate half of his face. He had to walk about with a handkerchief in order to cover half his face. Click here to see his face.

Now for someone who had over twenty-three years walked about with half his face covered, refuse an opportunity to have his face repaired and a chance for a better life because one year was too long? To me, it’s unbelievable.

Pastor Matthew once said a characteristic of poor people is their inability to take risk, they are afraid to invest, not trusting, sceptical and fault finders.

There’s a saying in investment that the higher the risk, the higher the returns and the lower the risk, the lower the returns. This saying also applies to life.

Without risk taking, you remain stagnant, predictable and ultimately you will become complacent. Risks are about pushing yourself until you are operating outside of your comfort zone – with good judgement, allowing yourself to take a step that might feel uncomfortable at first. Growing and realizing your full potential requires it.

The truth is you cannot be successful if you refuse to take risks. With risk-taking, the outcome may not be what you envisaged, but you would have learnt valuable life lessons and you will be better for it.

Risk-taking makes you grow – in every way.

Don’t be like that Fisherman, when there’s an opportunity that would change/better your life, take it. Don’t let fear stop you.

Life does not give you what you deserve; Life gives you what you demand. Playing it safe will not get you anywhere; at least not near your dreams.

Don’t let fear stop you from fulfilling your dreams. Ask yourself, if I wasn’t afraid, what are the things I wouldn’t be able to do? If you’re like me, there would next to nothing we wouldn’t be able to achieve.

As I end this post, keep these four things in mind.

Don’t let limited thinking stop you.

Learn from mistakes.

Focus on the outcomes and the rewards.

Recognize that success and failure are connected and are necessary for growth.

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