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August 4, 2005

Rage As Power


Rage has carried me through nearly unbearable, terrible periods in my life.

Take medical school.

I hated it from the very first day.

I never wanted to be a doctor but ended up in med school for a variety of reasons.

I knew there was no going back: what else would I do if I didn't get my M.D.?

An undergraduate degree from UCLA in political science didn't offer a whole lot of promising opportunities.

So it was that I started medical school.

And I finished it: on time, graduating with my class "in the top half," as they say.

But not by a whole lot.

Med school was a death march for me.

Boring, hard and frustrating, it was a seemingly endless progression of uncertainty–filled and sleep–deprived days and nights.

There was rarely anything that enabled me to forget how miserable I was.

I have a very high tolerance for personal discomfort, boredom and misery.

Such characteristics do enable one to accomplish quite a lot when others are throwing in the towel and saying, "this is ridiculous."

Rage is power.

August 4, 2005 at 10:01 AM | Permalink


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Eek. I'm kind of afraid now!

I can empathize with you (the boring, hard, frustrating, uncertainty-filled, sleep-deprived days and nights), however, I suspect my engine is powered more by fear than rage. Does that mean Fear is Power also? hmmm.

Posted by: IB | Aug 4, 2005 10:42:41 AM

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