Being a nurse isn’t easy for me. I didn’t take the classes and just breeze through. I remember from third grade on, I said I would be a doctor- I knew I was made for the medical field. I then realized that although math comes naturally to me- science does not. I decided to get a business degree and only then did I realize that I still love nursing. I have a passion for it. I love the people, even when they are mean. I love helping. I love the ever-changing “change” that constantly occurs in nursing, but that does not mean it is easy.

Business was easy. I never studied, I got straight A’s. I tutored people. It was easy, but I wanted more.

Nursing isn’t easy for me. I went the untraditional route. I became an LPN and wanted to make sure my passion for nursing was real. I began to work as a nurse and that love for nursing would shine through every shift. I love the nurses, providers, front staff, I love the patients, I love the atmosphere, I love the research- but that does not mean nursing is easy for me. I worked as an LPN for a couple years before I decided to go back for my RN.

I decided to apply to nursing school last year. I took no additional classes, I only applied to one school, and I just studied and decided that if it was meant to be, it would happen. It was meant to be because I got in and I knew it would be long, it would be time consuming, but there was one thing it would undoubtably be- not easy.

The early mornings for clinical, the late nights of homework, the completing remediations at friends gatherings, the stress. None of it was easy.. but it was worth it.

So often we become consumed in thinking we can only do what we are good at. We think that is the only calling on our life and we miss opportunities we never would have thought of because of it. When we try new things, we tend to discover more about ourselves. We remember we’re not as fragile as we tend to think. We’re strong, we’re resilient, we’re capable.

“You never know what you can do until you try, and very few try unless they have to.” –C.S. Lewis

It’s not going to be easy, but we have to remember- Joy Comes in the Morning.