“I’m a culture vulture, and I just want to experience it all.” -Debbie Harry
TASK AT HAND: This week I’m thinking about what it means to be a culture vulture. This is a term that I have comes to admire with great esteem! I was born in Portugal, grew up in Canada, did a PhD in Hungary, an MD in Canada, and an MBA in the USA. I did my vitreoretinal surgery fellowship in Iowa and now I am proud to be part of VitreoRetinal Surgery, PA and call Minneapolis-St Paul, Minnesota my home.
Throughout this extended journey, I have had the privilege of experiencing different cultural mores and philosophies. Some that I like and some that I don’t. Parts which I emulate and others I prefer to distance myself from. This has been a wonderful and expanding learning experience allowing me appreciation of cultural breadth. Needless to say, over the years, I have enjoyed being a culture vulture!
Within the Urban Dictionary, one of the definitions of a Culture Vulture is “a person who loves art, music, movies, and dance, and all forms of culture so much that they consume whatever they find.” The consumption of culture is a bona fide way to open yourself to a myriad of experiences.
Now, there is one issue that we must note; the mass consumption of culture can be confusing if you curate without context. While I have no issue with exposure to all forms of art or culture – both good and bad – you still need to be cognizant of that which you are incorporating into your practices. A degree of discernment, a slice of skepticism, query and questioning always need to be present.
As we close out the month of July, here in the western hemisphere, we find ourselves in the depths of summer. In this season of sun and adventure, I encourage you to enjoy the rest of the summer and be a culture vulture! Go out experience a wide range of contexts. Curate experiences outside your comfort zones. Take bites of the extensive palette in front of you.
MEDICINE & MACULA: A special thanks to Dr Parnian Arjmand MD, a senior ophthalmology resident from the University of Ottawa (Ottawa, Ontario, Canada). She visited us here at VitreoRetinal Surgery, PA in Minnesota in July for a research elective. Dr Arjmand analyzed outcomes in challenging cases of proliferative vitreoretinopathy (PVR) which is an ongoing active area of study for us. Additionally, she collaborated on developing a novel vitreoretinal surgical technique for optic pit maculopathy. We will keep you posted on the exciting findings from these studies!
GRATIS: “If your friend is already dead, and being eaten by vultures, I think it’s okay to feed some bits of your friend to one of the vultures, to teach him to do some tricks. But only if you’re serious about adopting the vulture.” Jack Handy (Deep Thoughts)
My best to you,