Quote from filer157
This is my first post and I'm torn between wanting to abandon nursing but feeling that I have too much invested and not being sure what else I want to do when I grow up...I should add that I'm 49! Anyone else feeling this way?
. Maybe I'm looking for a fantasy job to put excitement in my otherwise routine, middle-aged, middle class, small town life?! Sorry for the long, whiny post...but this is my story and I'm sticking to it! Anyone else out there feeling like this?
I am also age 49 and can relate to what you are saying. Sometimes I ask myself "Is this all there is?" As you seem to already understand, that may just be the stage of life we are in ... and our careers are not totally "to blame" for our feelings.
Part of the problem may be that you are simply too weary of working to invest much more time and energy in doing what it takes to make a dramatic change in you life/career. If you think that is the case, perhaps you can find a way to make a few small changes that will increase your satisfaction and start you on an upward spiral (as opposed to being on a downward spiral).
Can you build on your current career (and expertise) ... perhaps even keep the same job to keep the paycheck coming in ... but find a few special projects that would give you some personal (or professional) satisfaction. For example, can you join a charity organization ... or a committee at work that will make a real improvement in something ... start a scholarship
program for nursing students ...do a little teaching... take a class (either professional or for a hobby) ... go to some professional conferences ... get certified ... take up a new hobby... etc.
Sometimes making a couple of small changes that don't require as much investment can "perk us up a bit" and help lead us toward a better frame of mind, with one little change building on the last. In time, they add up to significant change.