Beginning any new journey in life can bring on a slew of different conflicting feelings. And I think dealing with chronic and mental illness just magnifies that. A fear of failure is often juxtaposed by feelings of excitement and hope. That is what I am feeling right now. I am currently in my first month as a graduate student in an online Master’s of Public Health program. Things have been going quite well so far but I think there will always be a certain level of apprehension lingering in the back of my mind. I don’t want my conditions to flare up and interfere with my ability to keep up with my studies. But I know it is a distinct possibility. It is just reality for me. But being a motivated, conscientious student is very important to me as well. I’m really hoping everything will be manageable.
My previous education in health science and sincere desire to help and make a difference in the lives of others contributed to my decision to pursue my MPH. I will keep you all updated about how things go.
Remember, if all you did was breathe today, that is enough. If you fought through your symptoms to take steps and chase your dreams, that is more than enough. Our journeys’ are far from easy, but we are enough…..because we are people.