Clearly this is not a Disney post. This is a #taketimetuesday post, an idea from CJ over at the @thezipadeedoocrew It's a post reflecting on my journey to reach my goals and achieve my dreams. And I have to tell you, this hashtag and the idea behind it could not have had better timing. Because yesterday, my life goals and dreams hit yet another major set back.
For those of you that pay attention to stories and read all of the captions on photos, you may have noticed I have mentioned multiple exams I've been taking this past month. These exams were to finally qualify me as a licensed pharmacist. I have wanted to be a pharmacist now for 15 out of my 25 years of life. I've spent thousands of hours volunteering and interning all to gain the experience I need to become a better pharmacist. I've spent the last seven years of my life as a student, finally completing my Doctorate of Pharmacy this past May. I've dreamed and worked and pushed myself to learn more, to do more, to try again when things were tough, all because I wish to dedicate my life in the service of others. Last week I took my last exam. I knew walking in that I had passed the other exam so this one was truly the last exam I needed to take to finally be a pharmacist. Well fast forward to yesterday when I got my results. I failed.
Now, this is not my first set back on this journey by any means. I fractured my back; I've been ill more times than I can remember; I've dealt with severe test anxiety to the point where I've had full blown panic attacks in the middle of exams. My journey to becoming a pharmacist has been nothing but bumpy. And yet, here I am: a Doctor of Pharmacy. A task that is not easy but I did it. I made it through with some of the worst moments of my life these last seven years and I've come out at the end a stronger person because of it.
So thanks CJ, for making sit down today and think of where I've been. For helping me gain perspective. This is just another bump in the road. I've had others and I will get through this one too.