The other day my nursing bestie & I were having a conversation about our future office. Are we counting our chickens before the eggs have hatched? I don't think so. I like to think we're speaking our future into being. I know it sounds very "Secretish", but I just can't help but dream about the future. I mean isn't that what people do? Dream, think and plan for the future?
Now I have to admit this is a new concept for me. It was born after my mother died. My mom was a fly by the seat of your pants kind of girl and unfortunately (or fortunately it depends on how you look at it) I developed that way of living myself. But what I found was, when you live your life without a plan, or without any concrete goals, life just seems to happen to you. And by the time my mom passed away I decided that I was tired of life just happening to me, I wanted to take life by the throat and squeeze every good thing out of it that I could (that kind of sounds violent, didn't mean it like that). Which is when my plan to go to nursing school was born. I knew in the very beginning that I didn't want to be a nurse, my ultimate goal has always been to become a nurse practitioner. I knew from the very beginning of this idea that I wanted to open my OWN practice. And what's so interesting is meeting people along the way that have my same goal. Mind you, not every nursing student wants to be a nurse practitioner, but it's funny because two of the people I have gotten closest to in nursing school have both had that goal. And with Gregory, my nursing bestie (ok is the fact that I'm calling him my bestie on anyone else's nerves but mine), we just have such similar goals that it just seems crazy for us not to go into practice together in the end. Of course it took a little bit of cajoling (not much mind you) to get him to see that he needs to go straight through like I'm doing instead of taking a few years off. I mean neither of us are spring chickens, although he is younger than me by 9 years. I just don't see the need to take time off at this stage in our lives. If we were in our 20's then yes I could see that, but by the time we graduate from nursing school we'll be 42 & 33 respectively, so I say let's just power on through. It'll take at least three years to finish our master's/dnp program (whichever it may be at that time) so we'll get plenty of practice working during those years (ok I know in the world of medicine where things change daily, three years is not a long time, but I've got to maximize my time here). By that time we'll be 45 & 36 and I just think we can do it. Of course all of this is assuming we can pass all of our classes :)
So, the question is, are we crazy to think so far ahead? Does everyone else plan like this? Or is your goal just to get a nursing job & work. I just want so many things in life and I know that being a nurse isn't going to get me there. I NEED to own my own clinic, or at least have a partner. Besides, what's wrong with dreaming???