When I lost my seat in medical school, I swore I was carrying bricks on my shoulders. I attempted to get my seat back by begging, which did not work. Also during that time, my engagement turned into a break up. It was a whirlwind for me because it happened all at once. I couldn’t think straight and things were becoming increasingly complex for me. I lost sight of my goals…career and otherwise. I felt my window of opportunity was closed. I knew somehow I had to find a way to recover and regain my “Self.” I started to pay closer attention to the simple things that made me smile. Things like hearing my niece call me “Auntie”, watching my parents enjoy their lives, watching my grandparents joke and laugh with each other, watching my sister report the news. I switched my focus on what I lost (or thought I lost) to focusing on the beauty in those things. That helped me change how I was looking at my life during that time. I was starting to see beauty in my life again. When life gets complicated, find a place where you can see simplicity and beauty. Find a place where you can at least smile even if you have trouble laughing. Things will become clearer. Opportunities open. Laughter returns.