Personal Hero/Heroine

If I was younger and you were to tell me to define what a hero/heroine is, my answer would be something like this:

“A hero/heroine is a person who saves the lives of other people without thinking about what might happen to him/her as the consequence of his/her action.”

That definition would’ve been appropriate if I were still idealistic. Nowadays, I believe that some medical professionals are finding ways to get money from their patients without being too obvious. My belief is the result of what happened to my brother that involved two doctors. I won’t elaborate more about this situation since it’s not the main focus of this blog post.

Below is Thomas Jones’ definition of what a hero/heroine means. As a realistic idealist, I think it’s a befitting definition.

I have two personal heroines in my life and one of them happens to be my mom. Before I mention who the other one is and why I chose her, let me tell you some facts about myself:

I studied at a nursing school for four years with hopes of becoming a nurse after passing the license exam. Somewhere along the way, I had doubts of whether the nursing profession is right for me or not.

In 2012, I was reviewing for the licensure exam (which I failed on my first take). I came across a certain blog during that time and would often read it when I was taking a break from reviewing. The blog belongs to Trixie, a RN who happens to be working in a field that’s kind of not related to her degree. By “kind of not related to her degree”, I meant she still uses some of her nursing skills at her current job.

From where I’m at, society expects me to work as a nurse. I chose to be a writer culinary artist though. But regardless of my career decision, it has sparked either of the two reactions from people – happiness or disappointment.

The usual opinions that I still receive from disappointed people were these:

“Why don’t you work at the (name of hospital)? It would be a waste not to use your BSN degree.” 

“Why don’t you work at (name of country)? They’re hiring nurses there.”

“Why aren’t you working as a nurse?”

I used to be tempted to work as a nurse because of those questions. It felt like I’m being perceived as “disgraceful” to society simply because I don’t want to be someone that I’m not.

Whenever I felt doubtful about my career decision, I often read Trixie’s blog even though I read it many times. Doing so has helped me realize that it’s okay to be unsure of what my career decision would lead me to. The reason why she’s my personal heroine is that she has the courage to be herself without following the expectations of society. :)

I’m not as courageous as her yet, but I think I’m gradually getting there.