Think back to when you were applying for medical school, full of hope for the years to come. Think back to all that followed: the late-night studying, the long weekends, the scrubs smattered with bodily fluids. For most of us, it was a sense of hope that kept us going. However, we all have days when that hope feels stifled. Days when we are acutely aware of the increasing demand, days when we feel we have short-changed our patients due to factors outside our control, and days when we look at the senior GPs around us, and know deep down that we are not willing to consecrate ourselves to our work in quite the same way.