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Akesis

Title of Work

Lifting Others

Description of Work

Medicine is full of paradoxes. As a species, we often need to take care of ourselves before we can take care of others. As humans, we become more energetic by the energy-intensive process of exercise. As physicians, we elevate ourselves by lifting others. Through all of the unexpected worries and complications that crop up in life – finances, illness, and indeed an understanding of our own mortality – it is through these three paradoxes of self-care that we survive the complications that life throws at us.

During my first year of medical school, I have grown to understand how important taking care of myself, exercising, and having positive relationships with others is in dealing with adversity. This understanding was the inspiration for this drawing, in which a couple look out at their future – an ocean of uncertainty – and are determined to tackle it together.

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