I hope your life is everything I want it to be. I hope the academic experience was everything you wanted it to be, that you learned as much as you could and saw as much as you could and did as much as you could. And I hope that you’re really going places in the future, that your life has finally taken off and you’re looking at top-notch residency programs. Extra points if you’re still in Global Health, mostly because its something that I’m really passionate about and I hope you’re the same way.
I hope you meet a girl. Or many, who knows. But find someone who makes you happy, someone you can trust, someone who will call you out when you mess up and carry you when you can’t walk. I hope you have the common sense and financial resources to show her everyday that you love her, and that she does the same for you. And that you’ve thought about, and maybe even discussed, a future with her.
I hope your parents have finally realized that you’ve grown up. Growing up has been hard for me in that they still don’t trust me to take care of my own business without constant, overbearing oversight. And that sense of anti-trust has definitely strained my relationship with them. So I hope that in become completely financially independent from them (or at least coming close), that transition to adulthood becomes a lot easier.
I hope the last 6 years have given you the opportunity to see the world and do work that changes and empowers people. I hope you’ve become more outgoing and leap headfirst into the culture of the people around you, and that this new mentality helps you to make all sorts of friends, both short- and long-term. I hope you have a great group of people around you to go on adventures with or play board games with or just chat with. I hope they push you to be everything that you can be, and that you do the same for them.
I hope you’re in better shape health-wise than I am. I’ve been plagued the past couple of years with hip and knee injuries, so here’s to hoping that you’re over the injury bug and can move on. And I hope your’e actually able to compete in a triathlon. Obviously the marathon dream got shot down with the leg injuries, but hopefully the cross-training involved in doing a triathlon is a little more accommodating of that.
I hope that you’ve got all your ducks in a row. But more than that, I hope you’re at a place in life that you’re truly happy with, and that you’re proud of. See you in 2020.