“You can’t ever reach perfection, but you can believe in an asymptote toward which you are ceaselessly striving.”

I've never thought that a quote could impact me so much until I read that sentence.

The name Paul Kalanithi is one that I've known for 6, almost 7 years, now. The first time I crossed paths with his book, "When Breath Becomes Air", was in early 2016, before it was published. An avid reader of teen fiction at the time, the memoir shouldn't even have been on my radar. But I was drawn to how purely tragic Kalanithi's story seemed: a neurosurgeon resident, on the cusp of finishing decades of education to become a…

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