Life is but a stage

Evita was a great success in my college. It was 1981 and the actors achieved cult status among the students. This was much before my time but we heard about it- not once but many times. Eva Peron, former first lady of Argentina was the central character in the original score. Additional accolades came the actors’ way when despite their grueling medical curricula, they scored high in all university exams. Stories of how they balanced tough dialogues, a lot of medical cramming and a lot of ragging in hostels and emerged with flying colors.

Fast forward a few years until, ” One Flew over the cuckoo’s nest” was chosen the college play.  This was during my time. I watched as a year 1 student, wondering what it was all about. There was no Wikipedia then for a quick reference. Seemed like a lot of excitement in a psychiatric ward and some innuendos to some of us. One of my classmates played one of the nurses in the psychiatric ward. I remember her getting dressed for her part- a nurse’s uniform and she was wondering if she needed to wear a slip under her dress. I still remember her choosing not to do so. Its odd what things remain in a person’s brain after 30 years’.

In the 1980s, college plays and their actors were celebrities of our times. It was thought that along with a medical career, many of them would go on to be great actors on the national scene or even Broadway.  Plays chosen for enactment by students seemed to have a lot of emotional overplays, mind games, planning, plotting, cunning and so on. Maybe medical students of my time enjoyed those elements for their doses of entertainment.

Life goes on. How do we measure success in life ? Is it wealth ? Is it relationships ? Is it successful marriages ? Is it great careers ? Or is it being great human beings ? In medicine, often success is measured by publications, fame, academic and research endeavors, recently money, travel, visibility, networking and a great many things. Being a team player matters too as medicine often involves team work. I have wondered why movies glorify good looks with good behavior and greatly desirable partners in terms of relationships. I have wondered also if being great actors on stage predicted great successes in the after life. I am not sure how success in life should be measured. I am just an observer. I study human beings. Using this post to think out loud. I thought this post would serve as my contribution to the ” Morning pages“.

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11 thoughts on “Life is but a stage

  1. 1981..I was a Freshman also in college. I played Anne Frank in a play. No wikipedia so you did the hard research with hardback books in the library. And we listened mostly to our instructors as we didn’t have our cell phones nearby!

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  2. “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” I believe was produced in 1075. I remember being horrified by the story and impressed with the talent of Nicholson. Times flies by. I think success is measured by your ability to adapt to life as life can change in an instant for everyone. No one is immune to the hardness or the sweetness of life. If we are lucky and take chances, we experience a range of emotions and as we get older, we are happier we took the chances. That is my thought for the day. Off to get ready for work!

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  3. Good questions here Susie. Hope you find them answered,
    I’ve heard that your success is measured by how successful you children become. Being a good parent effects more than just your family. but in the end ..the only thing that matters is being on the right side of our Heavenly Father.

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    • So true ! I was wanting to go to study and become a true public health professional but due to how circumstances turned out, I am now in limbo. I measured myself as a failure in career terms. But what you said is right, we need to be on the right side of the Father to be successful. Thank you, BC.

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  4. That was an interesting read Susie – both yours and this site. I remember seeing both movies back in the day. I have not ever been in a play because I was so very shy back in high school and never did anything like that once I graduated. I got past the shyness eventually but too late to be a thespian.

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  5. Hi Susie, I was in a couple of musicals when I was in school. I was only in the chorus, but remember enjoying the rapport I developed with other members of the play. It’s funny, although I was in plays, I do not like sitting through them, and dislike live theater, both adult and children’s shows. I’m afraid I’ve always preferred going to movies for entertainment.

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