You may be right, don't count your chickens; however nursing may be the right job for you. In nursing there is a big umbrella that covers many different kinds of nursing, ie homecare, hospice, radiology, OR, etc,etc. I recommend getting a degree, and exploring different options, I have worked 10 glorious years as a RN. I originally planned on being a home care nurse. I worked as a home health aide before and during nursing school. I got a job in a teaching hospital, after my first year in nursing school. I then worked in hospitals, agency nursing and with ventilator dependent quadriplegics, in a home care situation. I am now 45, and feel that I may continue in nursing indefinitely. Working in hospitals can be very stressful. What job doesn't have any stress? Your age is an advantage, I feel, because of your life experiences and maturity, as well as your gender. So go with your plans, and find your spot under the nursing umbrella. Don't be surprised by some male bashing, and nursing school is tough for every nurse. That is the one common link or experience all nurses share, a very stressful, tedious, and difficult education experience. I definitely encourage you to work less than full time. I have in 10 years, and that has helped keep me from burnout. I work to live! Nursing has allowed me to live, working parttime. Take a chance, and go for it. Remember lower your standards so you won't be disappointed. Buenas suerte, and good luck!