I did it. After much thought, discussion and trepidation, I gave up my nursing licence.
I have spent my entire adult life with this little piece of paper that I tied much of my identity to. I was a caregiver, a person who helped people.
Recently I gave up that piece of paper. Whew, letting go of it was harder than I thought it would be. It was emotional. It was so, so, so…final.
Even though I have not practiced conventional nursing for years now. Even though I know I am still a caregiver and a helper without those letters after my name. Even though I know that who I am now and what I am doing now is exactly right for me at this time in my life. Even though I know that now it is through words and actions, not tasks and patients, that I can make the world a better place now; it’s still hard to let go of who you identified yourself to be.
Who are you? A parent? A spouse? A business owner? A coach? A community leader? Your professional designation? An athlete?
Is a change eminent in 2016 for you too? Either intentional or unintentional change may be just around the corner for you.
Who are you when you are not that anymore? I have read that the more different ways we can identify ourselves, the easier it is when change comes to one of those areas.
For example, if you are 100% business person, and you lose that business, you may have a much harder time adapting than someone who is a business person but also places strong values on being a parent, a son, a community member, etc. This makes sense to me. It’s kind of like not putting all your eggs in one basket.
When we sit in the stillness of life – in that place between knowing and unknowing, in that place waiting for what is to come, we can look ahead with dread and uncertainty or look forward to the new, exciting, different challenges, adventures and opportunities that are waiting for us.
Out with the old. Sometimes it’s the only way to make room for something new.
I nursed in Winnipeg for 30 years. It was a privilege and an honor to serve my local community. I feel blessed that I can continue to serve my community both locally and globally in different, but equally important ways.
I wish you much success with your changes.
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