Hey everyone! Long time, no read, right? I know it’s been almost a year (YEAR!) since I blogged last and for that I am sorry. I used to absolutely love book blogging but I hit a major reading slump, my career goals changed, and it all became just too much to do. My classes were cancelled today and because I’ve been thinking about getting back into book blogging again, I figured I’d start with a post catching everyone up on my life.
So what’s new, you may ask? Well, as some of you know, I started physical therapy school last summer (2014). I had been dreaming of becoming a physical therapist since I was in 7th grade. I was excited and nervous to start but once I did, the gold glittery robe came off and I realized it wasn’t all I had hoped and dreamed. I ended up wrestling with myself of whether I still wanted to do this. I mean this is what I’ve always wanted to do, surely it’ll get better, right? A few things lined up to lead me to the decision to drop out. The board said I could come back next summer if I decided to do so, to just let them know.
Fast forward to Christmas, I still had no idea what I wanted to do. I knew I didn’t like PT school but I also had no backup plan. I didn’t need one originally. I got into this huge slump where I cried a lot and struggled with my life goals. Because it was the holidays work got extremely busy. I’m only part time but a lot of people quit around that time so my hours were reaching up to an average of 38 a week. It’s retail so I had no time to blog. I tried, I did. But reading nothing that was really interesting to me, trying to keep up with commenting on other people’s blogs, I couldn’t find the time to do it. My hours went from a 6-2pm shift one day to a 2-10pm shift the next. Where was the time to do anything I loved? Result: there wasn’t. So ultimately my blog kind of just fell through. I neglected it and I hate that I did. I have no idea what’s going on in the book world anymore. I didn’t keep in contact with all my bookish friends (I’m so so sorry guys!!). It makes me sad thinking about it!
Let’s now fast forward to March 2015. I had to make my decision about PT school by the end of April. Had I decided to go back? HA, I still had no idea what I wanted to do. Late one night I was searching the interwebz for careers, as I had done for the last 8 months, and somehow stumbled on Radiation Therapy. I had never heard of a radiation therapist but after reading about it, I thought it sounded pretty interesting. My sister had cancer when she was 13 and had chemo but she never did radiation so I didn’t really know too much about it. After researching radiation therapy for the next 4 hours, I had this gut feeling like finally I found something that may be exactly right for me. I looked into programs and my heart sort of dropped when I saw that there aren’t many bachelor’s programs out there. Since I already have a bachelor’s degree, I just couldn’t see the point in getting an associates when it would take me two years, just like getting another bachelor’s would take. I already have a science related degree so all the prerequisites are done. But lo and behold, would you believe it that there is a bachelor’s program 15 minutes from where I live?! Fate I tell you, it’s fate.
I asked my mom to ask her doctor friends what they thought about the career and how they saw the market in the future. Unfortunately, as the baby boomer population ages, the rate of cancer goes up too. And because of that, the need for cancer team members increases. I did more research and decided two days before the application deadline, that I had made up my mind. Radiation therapy was what I wanted to do. I applied and waited. I was surprised to find out that I was invited to interview. I thought my chances were slim since the application had been open since October and I waited until 2 days before the deadline. I did my interview which took almost 2 hours (I was exhausted at the end!) and was told the program only accepted seven (7!!) students out of the hundreds that applied. Holy crap there went any hope that I had. A few weeks later the best news ever came in, I got accepted!! I was beyond ecstatic. I couldn’t believe it. The program started in August and I absolutely love it. Love it!
If I had never gotten into physical therapy school and dropped out, I would have never stumbled on this amazing career. Sometimes you have to fall down and make mistakes and get back up again to realize what you’re meant to do. I was so sad for months when I dropped out because I felt like a failure but without that I would have never ended up here.
So that leads me full circle to the fact that my classes were cancelled today and I have time to write this blog post. I want to try to get back in the hang of this thing again but I know it’ll take time. Please bare (bear?) with me. I’m going to do what I should have done when I first started blogging: pre-schedule posts then have them go live. I’m in the process of writing some reviews on books I’ve read over the last year but they won’t go live until I have a solid couple of weeks completely booked. I figure this way I’ll never get behind and there will always be something posted. A lot of bloggers I know have posts scheduled for months ahead of time and I’m hoping I’ll get to that point eventually. I think it’ll make blogging more fun and less stressful and I’ll find time to do it when I’m not in class, clinic, or studying. We shall see!
For the couple of you that may see this post, thank you for even reading it. I know I’ve probably lost a ton of followers with my lack of blog but hopefully the ones that stick around continue to stay. You are truly awesome people!