V is for vocation. Deciding what you want to do in the future as a child, isn't always easy, as children we have our little ideas, some want to be ballet dancers, some astronauts even the odd cowboy. Did you have any idea what you wanted to be when you grew up as a child? From what I've seen of my friends teenagers and my niece and nephew it's a struggle for them when they get to the age that they have to start thinking about their futures unless they have something they are particular interested in. Or they want to follow in their parents footsteps.
I have always loved animals and as a child I was drawn to becoming a vet. I consider this job for many years but as I got to senior school, I realised I wouldn't hack the 7 odd years it would take to do it. I also realised I wouldn't ever be able to put an animal down myself, even though I know it is sometimes the only answer.
From the age of about 12, when I got to senior/high school I soon found myself drawn to another job, nursing. Once I had made my mind up it, it just felt right so that is where I set my sights. For a very short while I also considered teaching and physiotherapy but quickly realised those wouldn't suit me. My heart and head were set on nursing. So that's what I aimed for and went from high school to college, then to university and I've been nursing ever since, this year it will be 15 years since I qualified as a nurse and I love it more then I ever have. I am lucky to have a job I love and a work place I love working in, with the best work buddies, one of which is one of my best friends. I do get Monday morning blues as anyone does but once I get to work I soon forget about them. My job is very rewarding (well most of the time, sometimes it's very frustrating). Only yesterday one of my patients came in and said, 'I specifically asked for you, I've been feeling so bad and I knew you would listen to me'. I was really touched that she felt that way and that she felt I was the person she needed to see. People often say nursing is a vocation and for me that's what it was. I actually feel proud that as a girl growing up I decided on nursing and that is what I worked hard for and achieved. Not everyone who knew me thought I would but I proved them all wrong!