As a Nurse I strive to protect the vulnerable and care for the ill. Nursing is a vocation, a calling and I suppose I could say that I've grown into the Nurses uniform over the years. When I started off I was really unsure of myself and to be perfectly honest, scared.
It's a tough job. I've had many a sleepless night with worry and many a drive home where I've cried my heart out to arrive home and pretend that all is rosy in the garden. On the flip side I've got happy memories, success stories and things that I'm quietly humbled by.
I thought I would share some of the lessons I have learned personally from my profession and experience of caring for others that I think can relate to all of us.
Don't Work So Hard
I know, easier said than done right? Yes we all need to work to pay the bills but don't get so carried away with working that you miss out on time with your friends and family. There is a difference between working to live and living to work. It's not all about the accolades or the accumulation of wealth. It really is about who is important in your life rather than what.
Allow yourself to be Happy
This doesn't mean making ourselves happy at the expense of others, perhaps it's more about accepting the things that you cannot change and those things that are out of our control. If there is something that is making you unhappy, I hope you have the courage to change or get rid of it. Life is short and will be over in a blink of an eye, don't spend that fleeting time unhappy.
You are Tougher Than You Know
I have seen people go through hell and back. I have dealt with things in work that no textbook can ever teach you to deal with and no amount of training can prepare you for. Guess what! We got through it. When it's all over you will be a stronger, more confident person with a story to tell.
Live the Life You Want to Live
Health brings with it a freedom to do what we want to do and be who we want to be. Don't let those dreams go unfulfilled and then look back when that freedom is gone and regret your choices. Have the courage to be the best version of you. Whatever that means to you, just do it.