CAN go ZigZag, DON'T gotta go straight!
The other day, as I was exchanging emails with a health care professional, he responded, in part: "Your list of achievements is very impressive. You are a very intelligent, motivated and capable person. You will do great things."
I reflected on his comments. Is he right? Is that how people see me? I would say that perhaps, for the most part, yes. When people hear I am a successful film director or a social work student or the Founder of Raising Up Warriors, it perks their ears. Wow, right?
I'm here to tell you it was a VERY zigzag path to get here, and through many struggles and trials I kept trudging on. This day did not come easily.
In 2015, I decided nursing was my calling. I signed my name to decline a full scholarship in my home province for nursing, and moved to Saint John, New Brunswick. The most "wonderful time of your life" was a nightmare for many reasons, so I left nursing after just one semester.
That winter, I started at Dalhousie University, in general sciences, trying to gain credits for their accelerated nursing program as their normal nursing track was only open to Nova Scotia residents at the time.
After developing POTS and being unable to complete my studies at Dalhousie, I withdrew on medical and compassionate grounds and moved home to PEI. A few months later, I was accepted into social work at Dalhousie, but being still ridden with POTS symptoms, I deferred my acceptance for a year. During this time I studied part-time at UPEI, credits that were not transferrable to Dalhousie, unfortunately.
Then, in September of 2018, I began my social work education! I fell in absolute love with the schooling and my prospective career. My classmates were phenomenal, my professors were the best, my needs were accommodated, and I was THRIVING. As my degree continued, I so continued to thrive. I am still thriving, as I enter my final year. Social Work is my passion and my calling (can someone make that a shirt for me??).
So yes, you can look at my life now and see my version of success and a list of accolades. But don't forget the big picture: 6 years of school, four universities, three provinces, many health problems, wanting to give up, NOT giving up, and here we are.
The stability mixed with excitement in my life makes mostly every day enjoyable. I am content, satisfied, and joy-filled.
It wasn't easy, it wasn't fast, but it was possible. And it's possible for you, too.
You CAN go zigzag, and you don't have to have it all figured out right now. Take the waves as they come, change your course of action, struggle and stand back up, and refuse to give in.
You got this, warrior.