Well, I most certainly feel that I was "called" to the nursing profession. Why do I feel this way? Well, I have wanted to become a nurse or RN since I was five years old, and on bed rest r/t pneumonia (this was way back in the day, in the '60s) My Mum got me a "Nurse Nancy" little reader and in the back of this children's book it had several little bandages, fake thermometer, stuff like that.
I never doubted I would get into Nursing School
. Never ever gave not graduating a first thought, much less a second. Being a nurse was never a "goal" or a "dream". It was something that I was meant to be. Does this make sense?
I could not see myself ever doing anything other than nursing. In fact I feel that most RN's never really retire, I mean, maybe we won't actively be working a 12 hour shift once we are in our late 70s but if someone asks a question it doesn't take much to get out a reference textbook or go on-line. In fact, while I was in Germany the buzz around the base was that a 72 year old Army Nurse Corps -Reservist was activated for duty, and she accepted! How cool is that!!
Good Luck to you,
PS I just saw that my post came like one minute after your posted your response and I did not mean anything by my stating that "being a nurse was never a goal or a dream" I am not putting you down. I understand that you finally can see a dream you have held come to fruitation. I always associate a dream or a goal as a "hope", and I tried to put into words that it was more than that, to me. Is this making sense?