hey everyone! happy friday and hope things have been going well with you! it’s been some time since i’ve updated–thanks for your thoughts on toronto. i’m always eager to hear stories of travel and exchange tips with you all.
since we last talked, it’s been getting pretty interesting at chez TDP. our new trial opened for patients on july 12 (it’s live now on http://www.cancer.gov/) and i got to make a vaccine for our first patient this week. #stresscentral but happy to report, all went very well! we have to wait two weeks for all the sterility testing to come back but if it’s clear, i can thaw it and load it into a syringe for administration! it’s a pretty cool job
speaking of which, i was thinking a lot about people that seem to be unhappy in their situations. contrary to what you might believe, scientists are NOT rolling in the cash. honestly, it’s sometimes a little depressing that the compensation doesn’t always match the amount of mental gymnastics and high level technical ability it takes to do some of these tasks. in fact, i bet there are some people who tweet for a living that make more than i do.
however, it’s not all about the money. i tend to view my vocation as a ‘whole package.’ i’m passionate about a lot of things but guess what, i call those hobbies. i would never want to do my hobby as my full time occupation. don’t get me wrong, i love science and the details that go with it but it isn’t my entire life. i take pride in what i do and enjoy doing it but at the end of the day, i feel like i could say that about a lot of jobs. i try not to pigeon hole myself into some dreamy sequence where i go on an endless quest to find the ‘perfect job.’ guess what, it doesn’t exist. we have bills to pay and no one is going to hold my hand while i ‘figure myself’ out. sorry if this sounds harsh but i guess it’s just out of frustration lately. i’ve been hearing/seeing lots of millennials chronically complain about their woes and the entitlement sometimes is grating. this sums it up pretty well.
all this to say, stop navel gazing and go out and enjoy your life! challenge yourself, meet new people, try new things and you will end up infinitely happier than your current state i promise. you have this whole life to live so start living it! x
p.s. i set out to actually do a 3 little things post and it turned into this diatribe! i’ll share my new discoveries shortly