At this point in my life, my friends would probably describe me as “good” with a capital “G”. Not that I’ve ever been told I wasn’t, but it’s clear that I’ve had more good luck than I’ve had bad. Most of my life, I’ve been able to recognize a good thing when it comes my way and I’ve tried to make the most of it. If you’re reading this, I assume that you’re also a “good” person and that you believe that everything happens for a good reason. Hopefully, this post will serve to remind you that although things may seem fine now, there are many factors that could cause your good fortune to turn to bad.

The Early Years

In my early years, I was fortunate enough to be raised in a family where both my parents were good people who loved and supported each other. My childhood was filled with love and laughter and I look back on those years with a sense of warmth and contentment.

As the oldest of three boys, I was always expected to help out with chores around the house. From cleaning my own room to helping my father cut the grass, I’ve worked hard to prove to my parents that I could be a “good” son. Eventually, I think they came to believe that I could be a better person than the average 16-year-old and they were right. Through my early teenage years, I remember feeling particularly good about myself because I cared for and understood animals. Thanks in large part to my older brother’s veterinary degree, I was able to pursue a life-long passion and work with animals all the while being a doctor’s son.

The Transition To Teenage

Around the time that I turned 16, my family’s happiness came to an end. My father was hired to work in another state and decided that he would start a new family there. While it was generally accepted that my parents would get a divorce, no one could have predicted what would happen next.

After a period of adjustment, I began the task of trying to be a “good” son, brother, and friend to my new family. In order to do this, I had to learn how to be independent and how to make my own decisions. Fortunately, I had a great deal of support from friends and family, as well as coaches and teachers who helped me navigate the rocky transition. Through it all, I continued to work hard and care deeply about my patients.

In high school, I took the initiative to improve my grades and to get involved in extracurricular activities. Thanks to a good college application, I was able to get into a decent college and begin the process of finding my feet as an adult. While I wasn’t necessarily looking for trouble, I was aware that I was becoming a “teenager” and I wanted to make sure that I handled this transition successfully. Fortunately, through a combination of hard work and good luck, I was able to avoid many of the pitfalls that come with this stage of life. It was a bumpy road, but I made it to the other side and became a confident, well-adjusted young man.

Becoming A Doctor

After graduating from college, I decided that I would pursue medicine as a profession. Through a combination of good fortune and hard work, I was able to secure a residency at one of the best hospitals in the country. From there, I was able to transition into a full-time practice and I’m grateful for the opportunities that have come my way because of this decision. Having a career that I love has made all the difference in my quality of life. It’s also allowed me to provide healthcare for people in remote parts of the country where I haven’t had the opportunity to work before. It’s an example of “good” that I’m confident will continue to pay dividends for many years to come.

Marriage And Fatherhood

After 10 years of being a doctor, I met the woman of my dreams. Through a combination of good planning and good fortune, we were able to find each other 10 years ago and we’ve been married for the past five years. The transition to fatherhood has not been easy, but it’s been a rewarding experience. Thanks to the support of our families and friends, we’ve been able to build a solid foundation for our new family.

It’s been an adjustment getting used to being a dad, but I firmly believe that it will be worth it. My boys are growing up to be confident, caring young men and I love watching them interact with other children. The moments where they show true empathy for others are some of the most rewarding of my parenting experience.

While we were fortunate enough to avoid many of the pitfalls that come with teenagehood, there are still some. Drugs and alcohol continue to wreak havoc on the lives of young people and I’m concerned that this passion for partying may lead my boys down a path that they’ll regret later in life. This is more than just “parental guilt”, as I was an alcoholic when I was their age and I know how devastating this can be. It would be best for them to see this as a weakness and to learn from my mistakes. As they get older, they will hopefully begin to see the benefits of hard work and responsibility.

The Early Progress

The last couple of years have seen significant personal and professional growth for me. Thanks to a combination of good luck and hard work, I’ve been able to navigate the tricky waters of adulthood with relative ease. This is largely due to the people around me, but also to the fact that I’ve made the right decisions at key points along the way. The important thing is that I’m aware of my successes and I’m determined to build on them.