One busy morning, when I was riding the LRT line 1 on the way home, my mind was tickled with a very lucid comparison between riding the LRT line 1 and taking up my course, nursing. It was 5:30 pm, the beginning of rush hour here in Metro Manila. I was coming from PNA where I took a seminar about a nursing topic. The seminar was very good, nostalgic of the college life. But somehow I thought of something when I was riding the LRT. Why in the world did I think of a comparison between my course and this train? Well, this is it:
Taking up nursing nowadays is like taking the LRT line 1 on the way home. Let’s say LRT line 1 is the NURSING COURSE, and people riding in it are the NURSING STUDENTS.
Most of the time, LRT is very populated. People just push their bodies inside even though there’s barely enough space for them. Some sacrifice to stand up even though their destination is quite far, hoping that somehow they can secure a seat later on. Just like NURSE VOLUNTEERS, they sacrifice, without salary for a hope that they can succeed in their chosen field, or in an easy term, to be a STAFF NURSE.
Sometimes people are already in their destination, but because of too many people that are clustered on the door, they were not able to go down and get off the train. Very similar to nurses who get stuck with their profession, even though they have licenses, opportunities have become very rare because of the sudden rage of the NURSING POPULATION.
Other people in the LRT have alleys that stand just always in front of the door, or in the chosen destination of the person. In most hospitals, this is a common sighting for nurses applying to be staff nurses. You may hear, “Oh, you’re Dr. Ramirez’s daughter!” and be surprised when the management took her instead of you. Notice the big difference of the board rating! A few people is very smart and brave, they really push hard to be in front of the door so that they can get off their destination. These are TOPNOTCHERS. They work hard, they sacrifice. In the end they get the attention and praise that they deserve.
So what type am I?
I think I’m one of the people who went down the LRT and rode the jeepney, FOR THE MEAN TIME. I’m doing the greater sacrifice of surfing on the sea of a different career and hooking on the options of richer opportunities that’s in store for me. I know I can always go back to the LRT anytime I want. But for now, I’ll just try riding the jeepney, cheaper, even though it’s risky. I will first use my other abilities aside from what I got from the four-agonizing-years of nursing that I took. I am certain that I can prove myself, not just in the field of nursing, but also in my present field now.
Because success is not only doing what you are supposed to do, but it’s doing the things that makes you happy and fulfilled.
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