Saturday, March 9, 2013

My own kind of "Oz"

Ya know, since the new "Oz" is out this weekend, why not go with the theme?

I literally have to describe my past few years as similar to what Dorothy went through. Like I've been whirled up in a tornado with a gazillion things going by, I am.

(for real though, that is how I describe it to people)

Somehow, and for some reason, I am supposed to be in the medical field. I know this because, never in my wildest of dreams did I ever even consider this field. To be completely honest, at the beginning, I would get asked by friends and family why I decided to go in to this particular field, and I felt a little weird cause I really had no clue. I mean, the honest truth is, Dust and I were living in Maryland enjoying our last year in sales, and out of the blue I had the itch to go back to school. I had been done with my first associates for two years, and being a student just isn't my thing. But, my idea of being a stay-at-home mom just didn't seem like what I was supposed to do. So, Dust and I talked about it, and he mentioned the gruesome reality television shows I watched like "Dr. G Medical Examiner" and some ER show. He wondered why I didn't ever look into the medical profession. Truth is, I never felt smart enough. That to me was like saying "Why don't you just become an astronaut?" The glove just didn't fit so to speak. But, I guess I entertained the idea, and I e-mailed my step-sister who works at the hospital and told her what sort of things I like and could never handle so she could give me an idea of what medical professions were even out there. Low and behold, she mentioned radiology. (At first I had been talking to the University of Phoenix about some administration degree and I was so close to signing with them, but they wanted $23,000 a semester...uh, no thank you... That's more than I even could afford, and I truly don't know what this profession even is.)

After we moved home I immediately started job shadowing and filling out applications, and the rest is history.

It has been a total shock for me how much I really love what I do. I'm the kind of person that can't even decide on what candy to buy, let-alone what to do for the rest of my life. Maybe that's why I had that gigantic push? Hmm..

The timing with all of this has been totally and 100% in my favor. I am not exaggerating. Everything fits in to place at the best time. It's almost creepy. It's so perfect that the thought of me not following through with it because of everything I'd have to go through, gives me the willies. Like, where would I have ended up had I decided not to listen to all of my MAJOR promptings?

It's been one of my biggest challenges, and one of my greatest blessings. I still don't know how I got to where I am, but so grateful I did.

Here I am, about to graduate on April 13th with a bachelor's in Radiology and on my way to an MRI certification (gotta pass those boards!), and it feels like all of the hard work is finally paying off.  I am so content with the choices I have made. And so grateful for our parent's and all of their endless hours of help! We'd be lost without them.