What looks effortless is often the outcome of the exact opposite — a lot of effort.
It’s easy to be misled and feel as though certain things are effortless or should feel effortless. This is a feeling more easily felt as more time is spent online on social media timelines filled with end-points. These end-points being people’s success stories and achievements displayed in all their glory with little to show for the behind the scenes and hard work leading up to that achievement. It almost always looks effortless.
At the moment, I’m spending time on my self-elected surgical rotation post-finals and I’m at a point where I’m really thinking hard about specialities and my career. Being at a big teaching hospital in Central London, I observe and chat to world-class surgeons almost every day. They always appear effortless in their ability. But, having recently passed my finals and therefore having overcome a fraction of the hard work these surgeons would also have had to overcome, I now thoroughly appreciate the amount of effort and hours of hard work that goes into becoming a world-class surgeon who appears to be effortless.
A lot happens behind the scenes, appreciate this and realise there are no shortcuts in life. I think this is the point easily missed, particularly online.