Every day, I looked longingly at those chosen ones, the few employees selected to man the new bookshelves, stocking them lovingly and directing customers to where they could find all of my beloved authors on their artfully-displayed shelves. Meanwhile, I learned to make the world’s best latte, but still felt as conflicted as ever.
Writing? Or nursing? Writer? Nurse? was the mantra that played non-stop in my head, threatening to make my head explode more than the temperature needle in the latte maker.
Until finally, one day, I made up my mind.
All it took was the sudden appearance of two tiny blue lines on a pregnancy test to help me decide my future.
When I found out that I was going to become a mother four weeks into my senior year of college, I knew the time for indecisiveness had passed. I was responsible for a life that was not just my own now and I knew what I had to do.
I graduated on May 10, 2008 with my Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree; on May 17, my daughter was born.
Because of my nursing degree, I was able to start working full-time as a nurse when she was only six weeks old, providing the precious insurance that my young family desperately needed. And then, when my husband graduated a year later and took on a job that provided insurance, I was able to continue working part-time, only one or two days a week, allowing me to be the primary stay-at-home mother that I wanted to be.
Although I questioned my path in life, wringing my hands over some obscure dream that somehow involved bargaining over Barnes & Nobles, I can honestly say that everything we have in our lives–our insurance, our home, the car that we drive, the Master’s degree that has afforded my husband some job security–has been because I chose to continue with my nursing degree. Or, rather, nursing chose me. My nursing degree has truly been a blessing in my life. And as I had yet to discover, it would open the doors to my second dream after all. Image via a.drian/Flickr
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