BLOG STORY THE SECOND
"Let me tell you something you already know. The world ain't all sunshine and rainbows. It is a very mean and nasty place, and I don't care how tough you are, it will beat you to your knees and keep you there permanently if you let it. You, me or nobody is going to hit as hard as life. But it ain't about how hard you hit, it is about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward, how much can you take and keep moving forward. That's how winning is done! Now, if you know what you're worth, then go out and get what you're worth. But you gotta be willing to take the hit, and not pointing fingers saying you ain't where you are because of him, or her, or anybody. Cowards do that and that ain't you. You're better than that! ... until you start believing in yourself, you ain't gonna have a life." ~~ Rocky Balboa
For the past year or so I have been aware that I really don't like my job and what I'm doing to make a living. It pays the bills, but it is just a paycheck: except that it pays more, I might as well work at McDonalds! On paper, my job should be a rewarding and worthwhile activity--I should be doing something that does something good in the world. The reality is far different: the reality is that my job is nothing more than a placeholder in the system of state government. My job is probably safe--as long as I keep my head down and my office door closed, I can probably stay forever. But this is not me--I can do more and be better than this!
My motto has always been this: if you don't like what's going on in your life, figure out what's wrong and how to change it and then go out and do it. Well, since I don't like what I'm doing with my life, I ought to follow my own advice and make a change. So that's just what I'm going to do.
Last year, at the tender age of 60, I decided to change careers from accounting to health care. I applied to medical school (probably a less than 100% effort) because I didn't need any pre-requisite courses for med school. At the same time, I started working on pre-requisite courses for physician assistant (PA) programs and nursing school. (Go figure--I needed LOTS more pre-requisite courses to be a nurse than I did to be a doc.) I didn't get into med school, though I did get an interview. However, I was accepted to an accelerated nursing program right here in my area -- I start school January 9th and graduate with a BSN in May of 2013!
This is going to be the chronicle of my career-changing adventure....stay tuned for the daily news!