Karen is a nurse like me. And like me, we didn’t get to practice our profession. In my previous blog space, I wrote a couple of times how very frustrating it is to be a nurse in my own country. Our compensation does not equate to the hard work we give. It can’t bring food to our table. It can’t send our kids to school. I can go on and on and on. It’s the same old tune sang by more than a thousand nurses here in the Philippines.
In one of our early meetings, months before the wedding, that was what we talked about. I remember just looking at my salad when she left and I really thought about my profession – as a nurse and not as a photographer. Steve Jobs, in his commencement speech for Standford graduates said, “You can’t connect the dots looking forward. You can only connect them looking backwards. You have to trust that somehow the dots will connect in your future. Believing the dots will connect down the road, will give you the confidence to follow your heart.”
Looking back, I think, my path lead me to where I am now. Because if the opportunities for nurses were abundant after passing the board exam, I don’t think I’d be able to do what I do now. Perhaps, I am somewhere else already, wearing my colorful scrubs adorned with a red stethoscope hanging from my neck.
So, I guess, I’m still the lucky girl. I get to do what I love doing – freezing moments.
To Karen and Paul, congratulations. We had fun that day. See you next month.