I am currently in my second year of a degree program in nursing. It has been a long struggle because it took me a while to get this point. I got married at 18 and started a family at an early age. I was a stay-at-home mother for 10 years. Even though I was raising two lovely children, I felt like something was still missing in my life. You see, I had always wanted to be a nurse. I knew that when I was in high school. However, after I married my high school sweetheart, I set aside those goals to raise a family. But those career dreams never died.
As my children got older, I was thinking about going back to school and pursuing a career in nursing that I had left behind. My husband was fully supportive. We figured out that I can find a nursing program where I could attend classes part time, when my kids are in school. That would not interfere with my responsibilities in spending time with them after school.
The more we talked about it, the more it looked like it would work. After I made the decision to go back to school, it was like a part of my dream was finally being fulfilled. I felt happier. It was not because I was not happy being a mother. It was another part of me that just needed to cultivate.
I am fortunate that nurses are in high demand almost in any community. After I get my degree in a couple of years, I can work part-time and supplement the family income. Our family can certainly use the extra money. By then, my children would be old enough to be more independent in their activities.
I talked to my good friend about my decision to go back to school. She is an insurance agent, and she went to college right after high school. She said that my decision to go back to school is a smart choice because nothing can replace a college education. If I get training as a nurse, I can almost be guaranteed that I would never be unemployed.
I am really thankful that my husband is so supportive. He has been assuming more responsibilities with the kids and with the household stuff so that I would have enough time to do my school work. I feel like I am finally completing my dream.