When I was young, like many girls my age, I wanted to be a veterinarian.
We went through that stage of adoring kittens and puppies, so what better job was there than to be surrounded by them all the time? Soon my friends decided teachers or stewardesses would be more exciting careers.
But not me.
I was serious. I stayed focused and even had undergone specialized training that ensured I would be a Great Vet.
For you see, I had read the ENTIRE series of books "All Creatures Great and Small" by James Herriot.
Undeterred that I didn't actually OWN any pets except for a few tropical fish and a small mouse, named appropriately, "Tiny", I was positive I wanted to dedicate my life's calling to the care and healing of animals.
As I grew up, surprisingly that dream stayed with me, even until after I graduated high school when I found out a new Veterinary Assistant's course was starting up in our city. Joy! I wouldn't have to travel to the next province to train! It was surely meant to be.
I placed my name on the two year wait list and took an evening course in chemistry just to make sure I met all the prerequisites.
And when the time finally came for me to be accepted into the program...
I was already taking Business Administration at the local college.
I wonder what would have happened if I had chosen that path?
Would I have become a Great Vet like James?
Would I have saved the lives of countless animals?
Would I have learned the proper technique to give medicine to my own cat without wasting half of it dribbling down my hand?
I had unwittingly acheived my life's dream. Just think of all those animal's lives I have saved by NOT becoming a Great Vet.
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