The following article is a guest post by “Nursing At Its Finest” author Deanna Mackey.

From the time we are little, our parents, teachers and guardians start asking us what we want to be when we grow up. Unfortunately, a lot of us don’t really know what our full potential will truly be so early in life. Oftentimes our guardians influence us to follow in their footsteps or try to push us into a better career than what they had; they may want us to be what they wanted to be but never reached that goal.

Thankfully, I didn’t have those ideas imposed on me. I knew from the moment I saw my first medical show, what I wanted to be. That dream never left my sight and it has still stayed true to me even until this day. That dream career was to become a Registered Nurse.

Going down this journey definitely wasn’t an easy ride for me, as it isn’t for many of us. Sometimes we’re just trying to keep our head above water just to make it to that next step in life, and that’s okay. Nothing in life is perfect, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still celebrate your small wins along the way.

I didn’t initially get into the School of Nursing at the University I had currently been attending, but guess what? I was still graduating Cum Laude with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and got accepted in two other second degree nursing programs. It may have not happened in the timeframe that I had hoped for, but I still achieved that goal, amongst others that I hadn’t planned.

I say all of this to inspire each and every one of you reading this that a roadblock shouldn’t deter you from following through with your goal(s) in life. It wasn’t meant to be easy; you’re becoming a stronger individual along the way. One day you’ll look back on your journey and truly appreciate it, including the setbacks.

Keep pushing!

I am the author of the inspirational self-help/autobiography book, “Nursing At Its Finest.” You can learn more at my website queenofhealthdeanna.com 

All social media are linked to my website.

Deanna Mackey, BSN, RN

Instagram: queenofhealthdeanna

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