This blog, of course, has been a project and adventure that has taken me far beyond where I imagined I'd go. It's been a wonderful exercise in creative writing, commitment, responsibility, and exploration. I've really appreciated everyone who has come across this, commented to me about it (in person or online), and spent a little time on this website. As I think about my life and its transition points, though, I am becoming more certain that this blog will finally come to an end. I'm planning on winding this down over the next few weeks.
Commitment wears thin. In an era where young people change jobs every few years, where marriages are perhaps closer to "serial monogamy," where we move and travel and change our identities, I've learned the hard way that the values underlying commitment are mutable. I love this blog so much, and the opportunities it has given me have been tremendous. Through it, I helped a young man change careers, pursue medical school, and choose anesthesiology. Through it, I became involved in The American Resident Project, reaching far bigger audiences. Through it, I have talked to physicians in Canada and India and South America. I've met nurses who've read this blog, medical students who recognize my name through it, and real web presences that have interviewed me about it. It's a commitment that's really paid off. Despite all that, it's time for me to move on. I will miss it and want to linger, but I know new adventures await and new projects are beginning to bloom.
With great affection,