When they tell you your dreams are too big, it’s too late to change careers, your body isn’t the right type, you’re too short, too muscular, too different, too weird, too creative, too opinionated, and you don’t kiss enough ass.. remember where you came from, and how you fought tooth and nail to earn your place in this world.
When I graduated college, I set out to work in the most challenging and gut-wrenching field I could think of. I became an EMT, and shortly thereafter began studying to become a paramedic. I learned lessons in this field from ems shift partners and mentors not just about skill sets and expedient diagnostics, but also about strength, resilience, compassion, and also kicking ass and taking names just like some of the finest men and women I trained with in street medicine. Some of these partners were survivors of ptsd as ex-military and of combat medicine in war zones, but still, they gave their all every chance they could to teach me and help their patients in any conceivable way.
When I decided to change careers, some told me that I should have stayed with the old job despite the inherent sexism, constant exhaustion, physical and mental stress, and physical, sexual and mental harassment by management and by certain coworkers. The sheer slimy existence of said individuals could be crushed by the weight of a combat boot, with one dignified step forward of a fine partner, or a kind word from a friend or family member.
Shine that GODDAMN light even brighter. Turn it up to 11, and show them how their actions, supportive or not, propelled you forward into the sunshine.
You are warriors! You have what it takes to create beauty in the world, and make your own mark. The more they try to silence you, the louder you protest! Sing your dreams into existence from a mountaintop!
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