After a days work, are you devoid of all interest and energy for your own "pursuit of happiness?" Wen you get home, are you too tired to work out and stay in decent physical shape? I am curious because, well, I am looking for a "balanced" life. I am not a gunner, and in no way have my **** 100% organized and perfect, so I guess as a general surg I might be a bit off with my schedule and maybe never get another good jog in again? Maybe never be able to shoot hoops (on a regular schedule). That would suck, unless I started to really delve deeper in the science of "surgeory" and just spent my life in the books/cases/clinics. ...But I was never like that.. Maybe I was born to be outside in the woods sometimes, you know? I see those dedicated Middle-Eastern (and far Eastern) students who spend every waking moment studying. God (Allah?) bless them, they work forever on their *beloved* material. I really find medicine interesting, but man I want to chill! I want to go play some video games or something after I've studied for four or five hours. I was born (a lazy American) with a work ethic that is good enough to rise to most any academic challenges, but I generally don't "study that extra mile out of sheer love for the topic." Flame me up, please. I can take it. I'm an MSI, and I fear the lifestyle as a general surgeon might disrupt life's balance with me.