When I was six years old, thoughts of growing up to become a nurse started developing in my young mind. Throughout my formative years I would pretend I was wearing a white uniform, white lace up shoes, and a white triangle cap on my head. I would fold a piece of white paper shaped like a nurse’s cap, clip it on top of my long curly hair, and walk around the house with my plastic stethoscope hanging on my neck. I would check on Nancy, my doll and every relative, stuffed animal and living animal, bug, frog, and anything catchable within 100 feet of the house for life signs: temperature, blood pressure, and pulse. Life was great at 6 years old knowing my life’s calling.
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My family knew I wanted to become a nurse (figure that one out without additional clues), but in “adult truth” world, also known as “reality” nurses do not make a good living in the Philippines. Separation from family to work abroad for gain was never entertained in my family. Immediately, in the game of life “reality world” scored 1 and my 6-year old dream scored 0. My dream was boxed up, put away, and never opened again.
I went on with my life like a good little Filipino daughter should: graduated in business school. Worked hard and honored my family and myself with awards, promotions, and significant career ladder steps achieving other life goals in ‘reality world’. I couldn’t ask for more in terms of my career, family, and life. The results were all very fulfilling.
But just like the old saying, ” first love never dies”, my nursing dream rested silently in my heart. But with a change in “reality world” events, a nursing education opportunity knocked at the door again. This time I was not 6 years old and I had satisfied all expectations often placed on the perfect Filipino daughter. I grabbed this living dream with much passion never to let it slip away again.
Step 2 - Live your Dream
After passing entrance exams a month ago, I received the approval of my application to get into nursing school. It was one of the best days in my life. On June 1st, 2009, I will go to school part-time and still work full time in my business career.
I have mixed emotions just like a little child on her first day of school. I also have a new note pad, pencil, and school clothes just like a 6 year old; however, there is a veil of consciousness that holds feelings of excitement, skeptical doubts, enthusiastic attitude and nervous feelings surrounding the fulfillment of a dream.
Happiness is……never giving up on dreams because they all can come true someday. Mine is coming true today! …
… living my dream... wearing scrubs and carrying a real stethoscope.
Note: This post was previously published in my blog account "Loving life each day".