Dr Charlie Teo is a highly skilled and courageous brain surgeon who is prepared to go to great lengths to heal and save his patients. Described as a maverick by his colleagues he will push boundaries to remove so-called inoperable brain tumors.
Dr Teo was recently interviewed on the ABC Programme Enough Rope which is hosted by Andrew Denton. In the interview Dr Teo spoke candidly about his work and life. One of his passions is riding a Honda Fire Blade 900 Motor Cycle at high speed, sometimes clicking 200kph. Why high speed? … because he loves to feel intensely alive.
Andrew asked him if his need for speed derives from the fact that he daily faces mortality in his patients and that this has fueled his own hunger for life. Dr Teo agreed and went on to say:
“I mean it’s so easy to be happy and so easy to appreciate what you’ve got when every day you see someone come in with a brain tumour who’s going to die from it or who does die from it and you know you’re complaining about your haemorrhoids or you know you’re complaining about the neighbour parking in your spot it’s just crazy. I mean people are dying from brain tumours in the prime of their lives with leaving young kids or leaving you know siblings and loved ones and we and we’re angry…”.
I personally only like to travel at 200kph in a jet taking off! However, I agreed wholeheartedly with Dr Teo in the value of living intensely and not allowing trivia to distract me from the immense wonder of being alive. If the hassles of daily life are grinding you down then take a 30 minute walk through a cemetry and realise that you are still alive and can still feel sun and rain, and warmth and cold, and love and laughter and all the other delicious possibilities that every day can brings.
I would like to encourage you to view the entire interview with Dr. Teo on the ABC Enough Rope website. It is very inspiring.Trackback URL