I believe one of the most difficult challenges we can face in our lives is doubt. Especially when it comes to fulfilling our dreams. When you ask a child what they want to be when they grow up, there are no limitations in their responses. Never is it, “Well I would do this but I’m not smart enough, good enough, talented enough.” Being this young, they have yet to have negativity planted in their minds and only know what makes them happy and their dreams. It amazes me at my age, how many people have such detrimental doubts over their own futures. For many of them, these doubts are only found in themselves while others believe in how bright their future is.
And yet, it is only easy for me to say this now as I have made steps toward my dream. Had you asked me a year ago if I thought I would be here, I would have answered with doubt filled in my head. Three years ago, my mother had gotten me a clock for my birthday she bought at a craft show that had “The Veterinarian” written in the center. As I opened it, she was telling me how could put it in my future practice when I graduated veterinary school. I smiled as I accepted the kind gesture, but at that time I had no faith that my childhood dreams were still attainable. I felt like because she still believed in me, I would let her down because at the time, in my eyes, I was incapable of such things. With lots of praying and soul seeking I regained my belief. I cannot say that that I didn’t go into applying to veterinary schools with fear in my heart that it wouldn’t work out, but after pushing myself through so many situations and continually reminded myself that it would work out and it would eventually happen.
It has been over a year and a half since I opened my acceptance letter to veterinary school and I can still feel my hands shaking from answering that phone call. I pray that everyone can remember the belief and hope they carried as a child and use that to pursue their dreams.