SDN Members don't see this ad. (About Ads) Hi. Thank you for taking your time to read my post. I'm a 31 year old male massage therapist with an intense interest in health, wellness, and kiniesiology. I have an undergraduate degree in political science (3.78gpa) and am almost finished with all of my pre-med requirements (still have to do org chem 2 and biochem but 3.4 GPA so far). I've just started shadowing, and have a lot of EC interest in martial arts and yoga. I also travel as frequently as possible. I was interested in going DO with an OMT specialty or PM&R as that dovetails best with my interests and experience. I recently lost my best friend since childhood and have now been having a lot of "life is short" second thoughts about med school. Considering physical therapy as an alternative. Realistically, I will not enter med school until I am 33. I love my MA and yoga practice, and still socialize in hopes of finding "the one" (cheesy, I know). From speaking with residents and from what I've read on these forums, it seems like going the DO or MD route precludes being able to maintain dedication to EC hobbies or any sort of meaningful social life. If I was 10 years younger I'd say it was a no-brainer, but I'm really starting to wonder if it's worth it to spend my 30's neck deep in school and then residency. From my understanding, going a PT route would leave me the time and energy to continue to grow in my physical/mental practices (yoga and MA) as well as maintain a social life outside of school. I realize that this is a personal decision, but any thoughts or comments (especially as to the reality of maintaining outside interests with any degree of proficiency while pursuing medicine) would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!