While I am no longer living in the bitter barn this morning, the touchy topic of impending spinsterhood is still on my mind.
I've blogged about this topic several times, in varying moods, both in a positive and negative way. Inspired by Em Dy's comment about how lay people have a hard time understanding the dilemma of the single female doctor and as a spot check to see if I was going back to my old habit of unhealthily fixating about it, I turned to the blogosphere to see what my other single Pinay sisters in the profession had to say about their state of life.
Apparently, it's something they've also found worth blogging about. It's a celebration of us as women first and doctors last.
Doc Whisperer, a Pinay allergologist based in New York, writes about the alarming rate of suicides among single female doctors. On a more positive note, she shares with us an article about the Quirkyalone phenomenon.
Midnight Rainbow, a family medicine physician, talks about her own mortifying moment as a single woman under scrutiny in Tales from the Atretic Follicle Society.
Lalaloo, an internist-in-training, names one very real problem facing single Pinay doctors today - The Limited Selection Syndrome.
Kamoteng Myra, another young Pinay doctor based in the States, writes about a single person's ideal pet.
Kai, soon to be an internist-in-training as well, talks about men and shoes - or men as shoes - in Feet Freedom.
Doctor Angel-No-More on The Doctor is Out jots down her list of 49 Things to Do Before She Gets Married.
Tina, a US-based Pinay pediatrician, shares her empowering view celebrating the joys of being single and free in The Spinster Returns.
Finally, Em Dy gives us her own wise take on How to Be Happy.
Before I engaged in it regularly, I didn't understand the lure of journaling on-line. Even a compulsive writer like myself would be wary of spilling my guts on the world wide web, ready for everyone to feed on. After all, neurosis should be a private thing. But finding my voice through blogging has also taught me to hear the voices of others like me, and in this way helped me find friends in strangers and realize that I am not quite so alone.
These posts are as honest and as real as they can get. It underscores once more that while we all have a unique perspective on things, our concerns and struggles are very much the same.
And, yes, I'm feeling so much better now.
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If you are a Filipina doctor with a blog post on being single, please let me know through a comment - and I will gladly add your thoughts to the list.