My eternal love for Tumblr

I know I’ve been MIA for a while, and I have a list of posts waiting to be written. But this very short one, I had to write immediately. It’s just a major thank you and shout-out to the wonderful world of Tumblr. When I got a Tumblr about a year or so ago, I just used it as a place to look up pretty pictures, write a little bit, but generally didn’t take advantage of all it had to offer. Now, in the year that I’ve been using it, the site has changed a little, but one of my favorite things is the addition of “tracking” certain tags. So you can search for a tag and choose to “track” it, and then when you next click on that tag on your sidebar, it shows you all the recent posts with that tag, regardless of whether you’re following those blogs or not. It’s a great way to filter what you’re looking for.

But my favorite thing about Tumblr is the ability to fangirl. Yup. I said  it. My best friend was talking about how much she loves to use Tumblr to fangirl, and I realized, we love it so much because we realize there are other people out there just like us. People who are obsessed about tv shows, music, books, and especially fictional characters, and now we have access to the fanfiction, the fan art, the community that’s built around the love for these things. It’s a beautiful thing. And Tumblr still lets you control your anonymity (or lack thereof), so you can declare yourself to the world or not. But either way, you can find all those other people who are obsessed about the same things as you.

Lately, as my favorite TV shows have gone on break, or Comic Con has revealed new casts, all I can do is take to Tumblr to fangirl. Because I love seeing that other people are freaking out about these things just like I am. So even if I can’t quite fangirl in real life to the person sitting next to me, I can still have my moment online with all these other people. And it’s a lot of fun. So thanks, Tumblr, for indulging my already vivid imagination and helping me find others who then stretch my mind even further. 🙂

Sweet inspiration

One thing I love about all the volunteer and observational experiences I’ve had so far in the field of medicine is that I’ve gotten to understand just how large and varied the field is, and how many opportunities it offers for potential careers. Working at different places has taught me what I like, but more importantly, what I don’t like. It’s helped me really narrow down the field of medicine I’d like to be in, if not what particular career. But lately, I’ve found that that might also not be a problem. In the area of rehabilitation medicine, there is no shortage of possibilities to make an impact.

For the past few weeks, I’ve been observing once or twice at a rehabilitation center in the city. It’s pretty unique to me, because it’s directly attached to a larger hospital and the patient care is incredibly integrated. There’s a grapevine of people who care for the patients during their stay, from the occupational and physical therapists to the doctors to the nurses to the therapy aides. Everyone has to communicate about the care of each patient. This is the first time I’ve seen such close-knit care. The hospital in my hometown had its own rehab unit, but it was separate from the rest of the hospital and very different from the one I’m observing now.

Another difference for me is that I’m finally observing with the therapists, in the gym. Usually I’m a clinical volunteer aiding the nurses or transporting patients, but I never got to really see what happened once they reached their destination. I had the good fortune to find a lovely place where everyone works with a smile. It really is an optimistic, happy place. It might sound kind of silly to say that and sound so amazed, but after some of the places I’ve been, it’s incredibly refreshing.

I followed an OT my first day and got to learn a lot about what, in my opinion, is a pretty underrated profession. My main interest, though, lies with physical therapy. For the past few weeks, I’ve been following one particular PT who is kind enough to answer all my questions. It’s from him that I’ve really learned what kind of healthcare provider I’d like to be, no matter what career I end up in. I’ve known people in different medical careers who have definitely inspired me, so he is by no means the only one whose example I’d like to follow. But in this particular field that I am so interested in, this PT has been an amazing role model.

Although this therapist is young and seemingly recently graduated, you wouldn’t know it. He’s confident about his actions and slow to anger. He rushes nothing. Everything is at the patient’s pace. His patience and unfailing faith in the patients’ ability to get better are his best traits. I saw the change myself today. Within 1.5 hours of meeting an irritated patient, he had connected with her and she was hanging on to his every word. Movements she refused to do in earlier days, she now put in extra effort. I can’t say what her other therapists were like – I don’t know all of them, but I do know they’re all great at what they do. And each person is different in how they treat a patient, of course. But it heartened me to see that kindness and respect, along with patience, go a long way in getting someone to trust you. Again, it sounds simple. But sometimes I feel like people forget that more often than not.

I’ll never be able to say enough thank-you’s to him for letting me observe this summer. It’s been a great reminder of why I love healthcare and why I’m continuing onwards. And I know that I’ve found at least one field that I could really see myself working in one day. There aren’t enough words to describe the feeling of not being able to do anything for a patient except talk to them. Every time a limb is wrapped or the patient is taking steps, I want to be that person standing next to them or helping them. But lack of a license means I can’t do much more than offer kind words and water. And I know that still helps a little, but the ache to do more really becomes a bit more every day. I can’t wait until I’m finally there, especially since I’m starting to find out who I’d like to be when I do get there.

This ‘Kingdom’ is full of childlike wonder

All the trailers for Moonrise Kingdom had a dreamlike, trippy quality to them. The music, especially, made me feel like I was either on some happy drug or had found Narnia in the 60s. My mom asked me to repeat the title to her three times when I told her what movie I was seeing, and she was still confused. So was I. When my best friend said “I need some creativity! Can we please see Moonrise Kingdom?!” I had no idea what to expect, but I was intrigued, so we went. This is definitely one of those movies that divides people, simply based on whether you buy the idea of such a kooky world. You’re either completely turned off, or want to know more. From the very beginning, it’s obvious this movie is not your normal time at the cinema. Yet it still displays so many of the lovable movie elements through these awkward and silly and sweet characters.

At the heart of the movie are Sam Shakusky and Suzy Bishop (Jared Gilman and Kara Hayward), two teenagers who run away to be together. Sam is an ex-boy scout, so he knows how to camp and hide their tracks. Suzy is a depressed young girl, but she seems at peace with Sam, and loves her books. She reads out loud at night until Sam falls asleep. Sam and Suzy’s departure sets off a hunt along their island of New Penzance. Scout Master Ward (Edward Norton) reports Sam’s disappearance to the police, and Captain Sharp (Bruce Willis) begins the search. After discovering Sam is an orphan, and that his latest foster family does not want him back, they seem to soften towards his circumstances. Suzy’s parents (Bill Murray and Frances McDormand) soon discover that their daughter is missing. After finding a box of letters Sam and Suzy traded for a year, they connect the dots.

The search for Sam and Suzy and the kids’ interactions with each other and the adults makes the movie sweet, funny, silly and awkward all at once. Sam’s fellow boy scouts are a great group of kids who lighten the movie considerably. There is a subplot with the adults, but it’s not entirely necessary aside from giving them more scenes. I love the adult actors, but the kids are undeniably and rightfully the focus. Sam and Suzy are two messed up kids, for different reasons, but they connect. And that connection keeps them going, so much so that they try to run away, even though both seem to know their time is limited. Yet they keep trying, and their scenes are filled with genuine awkwardness, friendship, and young love.

This movie was written  and directed by Wes Anderson,  known for The Royal Tenenbaums, The Darjeeling Unlimited, and Fantastic Mr. Fox. He clearly has specific visions for his films and sticks to them, no matter what. This is a sweet comedy underneath all the other stuff. But the other stuff is also entertaining. The score is one of the best things about this movie. It’s the perfect silly, otherworldly tone for this dreamlike movie.

Moonrise Kingdom is not for everyone, but the nice thing is, you can tell just by the trailer whether or not it’s for you. For those who are curious, it’s a sweet, lighthearted movie for the summer that will leave you with a smile on your face for some time.