I came across a post that said “I feel like I am constantly worrying about the next part of my life without realizing that I’m right in the middle of what I used to look forward to.” Recognizing that this described my exact situation was a much needed wake up call. Although I’ve been working full time to save up, I haven’t accomplished as many things as I wanted to during my gap year. This is the one short period of my life when I don’t have to worry about the next step quite yet. I’ve finally overcome the MCAT and gotten accepted to medical school. There’s no immediate fear of not acing an exam, passing the boards, getting recommendation letters, and getting matched. I write so often about living in the moment, but like many things, it’s hard to practice what you preach.

With that in mind, it made me think about what mattered most. I’ve reprioritized my limited time and monetary commitments to make the most of the final months of my gap year. Those who know me know that my life revolves around food. My dedication to gastronomy led me to create an Atlanta food bucket list freshman year of college. While I’m nowhere near checking off every restaurant on my list, I’ve decided to put that daunting task on hold to explore the inexhaustible food options other cities have to offer. I’m incredibly excited for the road trips and plane rides that will take me away from home for a bit. After all, I’m going to be spending the next several years in this beloved city of mine.

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