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❄️ Freezethawed: The Newsletter #008 - If it is meant to be, it is up to me


I am late this week, but I decided not to skip the newsletter because it has been an eventful, overwhelming and bittersweet week to say the least.

Early in the week, one of my favourite professors resigned from our hospital in search of greener pastures. Over the past year of my residency, he has played an instrumental role in my comprehension and approach to Ophthalmology. Now that I look back, he was one person who never missed the opportunity to make us re-realize what our limits are, then only to help us surpass them to move a step further ahead.

As he was leaving, he wrote to us on WhatsApp and with a clever play on the age-old quote, ‘if it is meant to be, it is meant to be’, he re-phrased it as, ‘if it is meant to be, it is up to me.’

It may not be the most revolutionary piece of advice a teacher gave his student but the subtle twist and wordplay resonated with me, leaving me with some food for thought about opportunities that are in our control, but we fail to seize.

Also, the week ended with a tiny cherry on the top, as I won my maiden award in Ophthalmology, for my e-poster at the Tamil Nadu Ophthalmic Association conference.

Until next time!


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