I have a lot of thoughts going through my head today. As you seemed to like the last post, where I shared bits of my personal life, I will just write down what comes to my mind!
Summer is always the only time we (almost) all get together. Since 20 years we own a summer cottage on the West-coast of Turkey and whenever my school / med school’s semester is finished, we head there. So, my summer vacations as a kid have been spent at the beach with my family and all these years it has not lost its magic for me.
I mentioned in the last post “Sunday Reflections” that the sea is like a therapy for me. And as I think about it now, every year I have experienced major changes in my personality and well-being during summer time.
As a kid, spending summer at the beach in Turkey meant eating fish every day and playing all day long with turkish kids in the sea. As a result, I got to know the language and culture pretty well. I see that as a huge enrichment!
From the years 16 and above though, I have experienced major changes:
When I was 16, I was in constant back pain and had body-shaming issues. The back pain stayed but after that summer, I got in great shape and never felt self-conscious again.
Next was the summer of when I was 18. That was the one I decided I want to go to medical school and become a doctor (and not a psychologist or writer).
The next year, I was severely underweight (49kg at 1,73m) and I was waiting for my acceptance letter from university. After that, I slowly gained weight and in medical school I learned a lot about proper nutrition.
The years after that I have mainly struggled with my back pain and muscle imbalances. I had severe upper back and hip pain (Piriformis syndrome, I could barely sit). This is when I started to read A LOT about sports science/ medicine and nutrition. I was not underweight, but still too skinny and weak (56kg). As I learned more about proper nutrition and training, I built more and more muscle and slowly my pain started to decrease.
In fact, this is the first summer I am pain free.
Last summer we went to a concert and I could barely sit due to Piriformis Syndrome. This year, I am constantly reminded of those times and I was shocked when I first realized that I am totally healthy now.
Firstly, I am going to start research for my doctoral thesis in Cardiology in October. I am beyond excited and extremely nervous about that.
Next, well, is this blog! I was pretty active on the FitnessblenderApp and shared my foods and workouts and tips, when someone asked if I have a blog. There was such a positive response and support that I decided to take this step and try my luck. I am fairly new to blogging and social media and trying to learn how to attract people’s interest. I cannot believe there are already so many people who follow me (114?!) and like my posts and leave lovely comments. Each positive reply makes me literally want to dance!
I am very curious where my future will take me. I love medicine, interaction with patients and I love sports medicine and nutrition and coaching people. I hope I will be able to combine these fields. I would be happy to live off of something I am passionate about!
Now, to conclude this post, I am curious: Have you ever gone through major changes on summer vacation time?
Maybe I am not the only one to experience turning points during this time of the year! 🙂
Wish you all a wonderful day!
PS: Tomorrow is my flight to Istanbul, so I will post the next blog (it is about muscle activation – got a lot of requests to write on that topic!) on Wednesday.0