My heart started pounding. That email, the one with “Your Interview” in the subject line, grabbed my eye.
You see, I would do just about anything to be able to one day write MD after my name.
After nearly a week straight of working my 12-hour shifts at a local hospital, I had slept in past 4:30 am for the first time that I could remember. Sipping on a steaming cup of coffee, I re-read the email yet again. Yes, it was real!
As a single mom for most of the last 30 or so years, there have been alot of obstacles to overcome. I returned to college in my mid-40s, then went on for a master’s degree. So many people have encouraged me, and some have even pressured me to do anything BUT medicine! In the changing economic landscape, medicine is changing too. But I have not been able to sidetrack my dream.
When I look back, the pathway of my footprints to this point encourages me. I have the honor of knowing a few “non-traditional” men and women who pursued a medical degree later in life. Go back far enough, and medicine was not an option for someone my age. I am grateful this has changed!
Earlier this morning I had a wonderful conversation with a woman who had recently had to change careers because of health problems. It was thrilling to be able to encourage her, give her HOPE – and that tangible endless HOPE is what has sustained me through what has sometimes felt like endless preparation.
As I sent off a reply email to schedule my interview, I sent up another of many prayers. I am willing to do whatever it takes. So I simply keep walking, praying, working, toward fulfillment of the goal set before me.
What is your dream? Are you one of the millions of folks who gave up a dream because you thought it was too late? ITS NEVER EVER TOO LATE!