Dear Future Self,
I am writing to you from the past; 5 years to be exact. You should find yourself a year out of veterinary school and settling into your new job well. Your aspirations in veterinary medicine have changed throughout your career but I know you will be loving your job, most likely in the government, wherever you may be.
I hope you have found time to relax and breathe while out of vet school. School is demanding and a career in veterinary medicine is no less challenging, but I know the mountains are calling you and your travel itch is ready to be scratched. Get out there and give yourself a break. You deserve it.
Don’t forget to pick up the phone. By now, you were away at school in a different state for four years and knowing you, you never returned home. Your family misses you. Your sister, Erin, has probably been dying to get together and do something. I know your dad misses his hunting partner. Just pick the phone up. A trip back home wouldn’t kill you.
Please don’t freak out too much about your student loans. I know, you’re in a ton of debt and those payments aren’t easy. Breathe. Remember why you did it. Veterinary medicine is in you and those loan reminders are now a part of you too. They will be gone one day, and hopefully, if you were smart, you took advantage of Public Service Loan Forgiveness and will be done with them in nearly nine more years.
You made it. No matter where you are now, just remember who you are.