Wallflower by Janie Cao Edited by Mary Abramczuk Two Novembers ago, I decided to try painting again. At that point, I had been studying medicine for a little over 2 years. After browsing YouTube’s collection of painting tutorials, I found one that seemed realistic for me. It was a still life of roses. There's a common saying-- "stop and smell the roses." Have you heard of it? It suggests a world that is riddled with roses. I wish that was the world we lived in. In those years being surrounded by scientific medicine, I think I was learning this: sometimes by the time you arrive, the roses have all been picked. Then it's up to you to create beauty, again, from the ashes.