Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Self Examination

Have you ever looked inside yourself trying to figure out what you want to do with your life? I'm guessing most of us have. Looking back at all of the "things" I have already done. . . I can't help but remember back to kindergarten when we were asked to dress up as what we wanted to be when we grew up. There was nothing in the world that I wanted to be more than a MOMMY! No kidding. And look! I've done that. And I continue to do that. And that, in & of itself, is the best & most fulfilling job in the world. . . . still, I wonder what I will be when I grow up. . . IF I grow up.

One of the wonderful things about motherhood is that it does allow for you to take on "side careers." Of course, if we were monetarily compensated for all that a mother does we wouldn't need these "side careers." But I digress.

I am exploring adding grad school to my life so that I may someday teach people to become nurses. I LOVE BEING A NURSE. Why would I want to do something else? Well, Lori J, a very intelligent nursing instructor that I know & work with, stated it best: "As a staff/floor nurse I can only affect the lives of the few patients I take care of on any given day. As a teacher I can teach many to affect the lives of so many more patients." that may not be an exact quote. . .but I loved it. I had these thoughts before & just didn't articulate them. As a nurse, I want to fix the world! I want every patient to be taken care of as well as I take care of them. Unfortunately, that cannot always happen. I would like to believe that all nurses take excellent care of their patients at all times. But I live in reality. And I also know that just because I do things one way & another nurse does it another way. . .that they can both be good ways. With that said, some nurses do things not taking into consideration the WHOLE PERSON. In my opinion, if you don't consider the whole person (body, soul, spirit) then you are not doing as good of a job. I want to teach THAT to nursing students. THAT is my secondary passion!

So, now that you know what I want to be secondary to Mommy. . . . what do YOU want to be? I'd love to hear about it. . .


Lola....L..O..L..A....lo--oh--luh! said...

I want to be the older Amy Butler/Heather BAiley/Anna Maria Horner. I have always loved making patterns, and would LOVE to design fabric.
I'm not sure that we will even have a need for fabric by the time I'm done being a Mom though.

Rachel said...

I want to be an interior decorator! ALways loved to move around furniture and stuff. Yeah maybe when I grow up I can still be her!

Liz said...

This is a fascinating read. I'm not a mom, yet, but I'm always so impressed with my next door neighbor. She has two little boys and still finds time to do freelance graphic design from her home. That just seems like the ideal situation, staying at home and still keeping a career of some kind. I guess it's a shame I majored in English, not a lot of stay-at-home-and-work opportunities for someone just b/c they can quote Robert Frost. :)

Bridget said...

I loved your post and what you said! I wish all nurses felt like you do. My sister just decided to go into nursing and I'm so excited for her.

I wanted to be a travel agent when I was little, funny huh. Now I would love to own my own store- someday.