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September 6, 2006
I’m sure most of you have heard the tragic news about Steve Irwin’s death while filming his latest documentary. The man lived large and he absolutely loved what he did.
You don’t see that enough in today’s society. For the most part, people hate what they do for a living. Why are many docs and residents always so hateful? The answer isn’t 100% clear, but I’d be willing to guess that it has something to do with not being entirely happy with life. Not happy like Steve Irwin was.
You know, people [medical students and residents] get “stuck” into living a lifestyle that’s not entirely what they were promised as children. The long hours, the debt, the feeling of letdown to family and friends – all of this plays an important role for those really wishing to get out when they’re not happy. Instead of following their heart and cutting losses, they choose to stick it out. One day they wake up and they’re 50 years old. Fifty years of being truly unfulfilled.
With the freedoms we have today and the near limitless possibilities of anything you want to do, it really shouldn’t come down to this. But, it does. Sadly. God bless Steve Irwin and his family and friends.
We need more people like him.
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