So, most of you know by now I am a sales person. However, do you know what I want to be when I grow up?
Well, if I could go back to school and do anything...I'd want to be a nurse. I have wanted to be a nurse since I was in high school. I was selected by our local hospital (Lexington Medical Center, in West Columbia, SC) to participate in a Summer program before my senior year in high school where I was able to spend half the summer in the lab (at the time I thought I wanted to be a Cytotechnologist-little did I know how quiet and lonely the labs could be, not a good fit for me!) and the second half in the Labor and Delivery unit.
What an amazing experience that turned out to be for me. I witnessed everything, lots of births, c-sections, tubal ligations, you name it, I saw it (including some really gross diseases I won't discuss here). It was remarkable. I remember the first birth I witnessed, the entire time I was convinced I would NEVER have a baby, that looked like torture! Then when that child took his first breath I just sobbed and realized I would want nothing more but to bring life into this world.
I was even present as my softball coach and his wife mourned a still born they had just discovered she was about to deliver (I was not, nor did I want to be, present for that delivery). However, the compassion and care they received from the nursing staff was touching and so very heartfelt.
The entire experience had me convinced I was destined to be a Labor and Delivery nurse. Then I went to college, got into the nursing program, decided I didn't even want to consider working holidays (what a naive, silly little 18 year old I was) and was lured to the marketing department where I switched majors.
As I have now given birth to three children each experience only solidified to me that I belong in nursing. I actually have aspirations to go back to school when the kids are a bit older and get my required nursing courses so I can become an RN. I mean, hey, why not?
I guess for now I'll just go about selling my medical supplies (and stuff) and dreaming of when I will be putting some of it to use, instead of peddling it!