Life is a journey. Where the road will lead us, we do not know for certain. But what we do know if that it won’t always be a straight path. I started life wanted to be a vet. As I grew older, I wanted to be a doctor. Eventually, I entered into the world of business as a Human Resource manager. Life was going pretty straight, until health issues with my father caused life to become a mess.
I ended up moving back in with my parents to help care for my father during his final months on earth. It was during this extremely difficult and heart-wrenching time that I found my passion. While my heart was breaking, it was also filled with hope. Hope that one day I would be able to care for others when they needed it most. To be there for them when they aren’t able to do anything for themselves.
As life is, I changed careers and entered long-term care. Is it different? Yes! I no longer sit in a comfy chair, in an office. I am on my feet constantly. Down time is something of a myth. But I wouldn’t have it any other way. I am no longer mentally exhausted; physically yes, but not mentally. My heart is overflowing with compassion and love for my residents.
And now, I start the next part of my journey. I am beginning the ADN (advanced practice nurse) program in under a week. I am terrified to say the least. However, I know in the end that it will be worth the tears, hours, and sacrifices. To become a nurse is a highly sought after profession. It is the only profession where people trust you without it being earned. A nurse is a glimmer of hope for a hospice patient; a moment of peace for parents with sick children. A nurse is what my life has become. To be able to help those who need it.
My journey is just beginning, and I hope to share it with all of you!
Thanks for joining me!
Whatever you do, or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius and power and magic in it.
– Johann Wolfgang von Goethe