"Over the past decade, the number of med school applicants increased by about 25 percent." This article title is from a U.S. news and world report. There are 10,000 more applications his past year than 10 years ago. That is great and some medical school have expanded but it is still an ongoing issue given the expected need (medical school are being expanded and residencies need to be expanded too). The field of medicine/healthcare is worthwhile and meaningful. Its hard, don't get me wrong. As I always say.. no one ever said it was going to be easy. Its supposed to be hard because you want to have qualified people taking care of your loved ones.
That doesn't mean that you should give up. Would you want your physician to give up because "its hard"?
For example a general surgeon on call that was up late and tired.. but there is a young patient in the ER that was in a car accident with signs of active bleeding on a CT scan and dropping hematocrit. They need an exploratory laporatotomy.. this requires a surgeon's brain/skill and their grit. You think they should just be like I'm tired, can we just do it tomorrow? No, they need to get up and use their knowledge for good. They are responsible and trained to help.
The field I chose in medicine, plastic surgery, at the time had a 40% match rate (chance of getting a position which are not great odds). I knew I was a good fit for the field first and then I found out that it was incredibly competitive. But that didn't change my drive to pursue this field. I also had plenty of back up plans. If I didn't get into plastic surgery, I would do general surgery, if that didn't work out then an ER physician, and if not that then a family physician, etc. I wasn't going to give up being a physician because I didn't get in.. When I was in college and I was applying into allopathic schools, you can bet that I had back up plans to apply to osteopathic medicine, plans to even public health or basic science. Always have a lifeboat (we use this same principle in plastic surgery).
You should pursue your dream, know that its going to be a tough journey, and have a back up plan/route in case that ish doesn't work out. MAS BELOW