You started out this journey thinking about that delicious brand of candy (nursing) you wanted from the store....You know the one--that candy that you heard about from that lady that told you all about it...And then those other people that tried the candy, too. It sounded so tasty and satisfying!
So you got your map out, planned out your route and started heading towards the store. Along the way there were detours (those PIA prereq's, difficult policies and departments to deal with like financial aid, business office, registration, etc), potholes (difficult teachers, difficulties with family, surprises like broken appliances and taking your kid to the ER or your dog to the vet), construction (the building of your academic transcript) and so on, but after two long, hard years of gripping your sweaty hands on to the steering wheel for dear life, you FINALLY made it to the store......
As you walked into the refreshingly air conditioned store, you looked around in wonder and saw all the merchandise lying there, just waiting for purchase. Finally, you spied the candy it took you SO long to get to (remember it's was TWO years of making your way to it). As you walked towards that luscious morsel of goodness, you began to think about the taste, the enjoyment, the wonder of it all. You even began to subtly worry that the candy might not be as good as others had foretold....As you shook those dancing doubts out of your head like bees buzzing in a window, all of the sudden, there was a woman standing in front of you, stopping you in your tracks.
This woman was full of possibility, it seems. She had a breath of fresh air with every gesture and promises were waiting in her hands and on her lips, as she offered you something new...She began to describe the different tastes and the wholly brand new look of the packaging. The motion of her hands was reminiscent of hopefulness as strong as a teen that knows he can change the world; one act of kindness at a time.
You began to wonder....Was it better? How many others had tried it and were satisfied? Would I be satisfied? Would I wonder if I should have tried the first piece of candy I worked so hard to reach, or should I try something completely new and fresh, sitting right in front of me?
Quick! W/out thinking, which one did you choose?
So..........is there anyway to objectively simplify this decision? Do you stick with what you've wanted and worked so hard for? Or do you take the alternate path?
Aw, heck just throw in the towel and become a lion tamer or monkey wrestler!!!
My vote would be for nursing. If you do rad tech, there's not many options (what is there--nuclear tech, MRI, what else? I can't remember right now)...I know there's a few, but hardly none when compared to nursing (sales, case mgt, all the different specialties, research, education, NP, flight, etc. and so on).....
I wish you much luck on your path and making a decision that you will be satisfied with. One more thought: There's a LOT to be said for perseverance and sticking with what you know is the right choice after you've made it.