Thanks for sharing your experience, Kim. I really think that, unfortunately, a lot of us need a "divine wake up call" (many of which are not pleasant!) to set us on our proper path.
I think I missed my first one in 1998 when I had a pretty serious car accident, but I`m finally listening after my second. :)
Strangely enough, I just blogged about this the other day. You can read the post here:
One thing I didn`t mention in the post, is that I had a pretty serious "illness" hit me in September 2005. A blood vessel spasmed in my brain due to an over-abundance of stress. At first, they thought I was having a stroke (I didn`t even know 30-somethings could have strokes!), but, thankfully, it was something less serious. Nevertheless, after spending two days in the emergency room and close to a week wondering what was wrong with me and whether I`d ever "snap out of" the semi-catatonic state I was in, it soon became all too clear that I had wasted far too many years trying to make myself love a career I knew was wrong for me even before college graduation.
When I saw that quote from Steve Jobs, it was all over...a couple more months and I hope to forever be free of the shackles I`ve kept myself in for years....
You know, it just dawned on me that I didn`t even mention that the day that I first had my "brain thing" was September 11, 2005. Very ironic.
Thanks for checking on me, Kim. I`m doing just fine. I`ve made a speedy recovery thanks to some very talented chiropractic and alternative health providers. :) If you`re going to get sick, having a chiropractic (or medical) student as your hubby, is very nice....lots of "hook ups!"
And, you`re right - the shackles are still there. Just yesterday I was contemplating whether I`m being foolish trying to chase this dream of mine, but all I have to do is think of good ol` Mr. Jobs` quote and I`m back on track. :) Having a wonderful husband is one of my best choices, too! ;)