One of my most eccentric and adorable consultants, Dr. Alonso, recently gave a short pep talk to my incoming first year residents. He gave his usual warnings ("back off my IVF, kids!" "stay away from my cocktails!") and ended with this anecdote.
"If you know you have six months left to live, how should you spend it?"
"Be a resident in the PGH Department of Medicine."
The residents wondered, "Why, sir?"
"Because if you're a resident in this department, every minute would seem like eternity."
Today, I have 6 days left in the department. And here I am, stretching every minute. When your minutes are running out, even eternity is finite.
But yes, the memories do last. And eternity, though unfathomable, just might be possible.