Another preface: When I was studying for the MCAT, my brother-in-law recommended that I find a song that would pump me up for the task - that could get my juices flowing even when the last thing I felt like doing was studying. I ended up with a playlist, since I couldn't pick just one song to be my theme.
I have found my theme song. For those of you that don't know me that well, I am a firm Christian. This means that I believe in the message of salvation taught by Jesus Christ, and also that I believe in personalizing his lifelong example of loving and serving others. The song that I heard on the radio speaks directly to how we are often so busy that we do not focus on and care about others in the ways that we should. This song's message and overall essence characterize my motivation and aspirations - to see and reach and serve and care for others better than I currently can.
And you know what? I believe that, given my specific talents and abilities, the best way for me to do so is to become a physician. The song I heard is a prayer to God for him to give his eyes so that we can see the needs of those around us, to give us his arms so that we can reach the people who are broken, beyond our reach. Most importantly, to give us his heart for those the world has forgotten. Essentially, this song is a plea to enable us to care for those around us as best as possible. It's not a new song (out in 2008), but it was new to me, and when I watched the music video, it resonated with me so much that I cried as I watched it - then cried again when I showed it to my wife. I don't want to become just a cold doctor who treats wounds in a sterile room, then moves on to the next patient. I want to be the doctor that truly cares about what his patients are going through - that empathizes with patients in a way that allows them to feel safe and comforted as well as physically healed. The song is called Give Me Your Eyes, and it's by Brandon Heath.