Now I feel a little less alone in my doodling compulsions--not only that but doodling the same figures over and over for the past 8 years of my secondary/higher education life. And you hit it spot on: everything I do outside of work/school draws from the same creative energy. Even within school, it is this impulse to bring something fresh and new into the world that motivates me in things like research and writing papers. And as I embark on the road to becoming a physician this summer, incorporating this energy into my everyday life will become increasingly important for the wellbeing of myself and my patients.
The next time someone asks me how I can spend hours each summer night in the kitchen, I'll just point them to this article.