There is a certain TV broadcast that always starts with a preacher’s voice booming out, “Today is the beginning of the rest of your life.” This line always catches my attention, not only because the preacher’s voice rings out so loud, but also because it is so true. It makes me stop and think about the rest of my life. There are benefits to taking one day at a time, yes, but assuming I’m going to live very long, am I living today like it’s the beginning of the rest of my very long life? What am I doing today to make sure the rest of my life is as I would like it to turn out. How much importance do I attach to today as the day that starts the rest of my life?
Waking up this morning, I didn’t think anything out of the ordinary would come of today. I had supposed I would get my scheduled work done, and that would be it. But sometimes, the most ordinary of days may turn out to be relatively special.
Today I travelled again to the clinical trial site with an external monitor hired to audit our vaccine accountability. I’m pharmacist on a multidisciplinary team conducting this really interesting clinical trial which we hope will break ground in malaria therapy, and immensely reduce infant and maternal deaths worldwide. The journey to the clinical trial site is roughly a 3 hours ride, which is ample time to either be driven nuts by your travel companion or strike an interesting conversation that may open doors of opportunity. Lucky for me, it was the latter.