I was thinking this morning (somewhat of an accomplishment in itself).
I'm closing in on my 55th birthday and have been in health care since I was 18 years old. In 1969, I was a Navy Corpsman (medic) with the Marines in Vietnam (try starting IV's while you're being shot at!). After service, I was an EMT then a paramedic. Then came nursing. I almost quit the profession until I became involved in pediatrics. My entire life changed.
Now as a pediatric home infusion RN, I absolutely love what I'm doing. The hours are horrible. Fighting traffic gives me headaches (and increases my vocabulary somewhat). And I rarely have an entire weekend off. But I wouldn't do anything else.
WHY AM I DOIN THIS (I ask myself)? The answer is simple.. The kids. I have been the grandfather of hundreds of kids. Parents of kids I saw years ago still send me Christmas cards. When I've had bad days and wanted to say bye to it all, I've walked into the office to a bouquet of thank you flowers. That's why I keep going. WHY DO YOU KEEP DOING WHAT YOU DO?