What Dreams are Made of
Mark Twain said, "There are two important days in your life. The day you were born, and the day you find out why." I love this quote because I believe that we all have a purpose in this life, and often, many purposes. We were created to do great things. One thing I've dreamt about for a long time is becoming a nurse. I remember the moment I decided I would become a nurse while watching Pearl Harbor as Kate Beckinsale was frantically yet beautifully taking care of all these wounded soldiers. I thought, "I will be that, one day." Then I entered nursing school and doubted every day if I could ever make it! My brother designed and shot this WWII inspired shoot one summer, since I was going to be a nurse and Kyle was a Marine. These photos make me so happy because they represent both of our dreams plus our love, which is crazier today than when these photos were taken.
I haven't been putting much time into this little blog lately because I've been so busy with my new nursing job! Yes, I did eventually graduate nursing school, and now I am at long last, an RN. With a name badge, so it's official. I love my job so much that I do not even feel like I'm working.
My Aunt Caroline who has been a nurse for a lot longer than me, gave me this book when I graduated. It has inspiring quotes by other nurses and blanks to write your experiences each day as a fresh new nurse. I wanted to share this quote that touched my heart and seemed to speak exactly how I feel,
"But if only I could tell you what nursing means to me. It's being close to both life and death and sorrow and gladness. It's holding your fingers on the pulse beat of humanity...It's when the barriers are down around you and fellowman, and you are admitted to his being because he needs you there. . . For the first time I knew the emotion-draining, relentless reality of nursing. From a world where there had been layers of seniors and intermediates between me and the patients, I was suddenly plunged into a dim hushed world where there was nothing between me and their most vital need." (Sheila MacKay Russel)
I'm so thankful for this gift of nursing. THANK YOU to my parents, Kyle, and everyone else who held me up through the ridiculousness of nursing school. It was worth it.
Now hopefully soon I can balance my nursing job plus artistic endeavors and creativity! Thanks for reading.