My mother smiled and said, “You can be anything you want to be. But, can I tell you a little secret?”
“Yes, Mommy! What’s your secret?” I excitedly asked.
“You are already a princess. Did you know that your name, Sara, means princess in Hebrew? So, you see sweetie, you’re already my little princess.”
Thinking back on that night, I long for the simplicity of being a child again. I long for that time when I was unashamedly confident in what I wanted to become, no matter how unrealistic. However, like all young children, I grew up. It’s hard to believe that I am already in my freshmen year of college and currently making decisions that will affect the rest of my life.
I grew up in a family of farmers who were considered to be hard-working, determined, and humble. I was always proud to be known as the farm girl because it meant that those character traits were instilled in me. Yet, growing up, I never felt that farming, despite being the family business, was something I wanted to do for the rest of my life.
Uncertainly, I began to explore my options. It seemed like I could never truly decide what I wanted to become. Amidst all the unknowns, I began focusing on the certainties in my life. I knew I liked reading novels and watching “Grey’s Anatomy.” I liked playing the piano, Fazoli’s breadsticks, singing aloud, and helping others. I knew that I valued honesty, commitment, and kindness. These were the true, hard facts that helped me to re-examine myself and see what I could potentially be successful with in life.
I became interested in the medical field, especially...
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...hysiology and College Writing. Determination and drive go hand in hand and are always pushing me to learn more, be better, and strive for my goals.
One of my favorite quotes is by Eleanor Powell. In it she states, “What we are is God’s gift to us; what we become is our gift to God.” As I grow, gain experiences, learn, develop skills, and gain knowledge I am able to see the talents and gifts God gave me. I may not be a successful nurse YET. I am not the person I want to be YET. This is because I am still working on it. Each day, I am discovering new pieces to the puzzle that is me. One day I will find that final piece of the puzzle and in doing so become what, according to Powell, is my ultimate gift to God.
In addition, hopefully, one day in the near future, I will be able to call my mom and say, “Hey Mom! Guess what? Your little princess is now officially a nurse!”
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