"It's better to be at the bottom of the ladder you want to climb than at the top of one you don't."
Growing up, I had big dreams. I was going to be the NEW and IMPROVED Reba McIntire! (Don't judge. It was the '90's! I was young and naive!) I was always singing. I knew I wasn't the as good as the queen, Reba but I was determined to practice my entire life if that's what it took to be a star. I sang at church, at family functions, even at the local flea market.
And let me just tell you, I was basically the Celine Dion of the flea market karaoke circuit.
While my technical skills as a singer were improving, my passion was dwindling. I had an opportunity to even audition for American Idol- when it was still cool. But, I new that even if I made it to the top of that "ladder." I was never going to be truly happy as a singer for the rest of my life. I grew up. My tastes changed. My goals changed. I went from wanting to be a singer, to wanting to be a teacher, to just wanting to pay my rent while doing the most good I could for my community.
That's when the perfect job fell into my lap- my current job. I am an the insurance coordinator at a local Dermatology practice. Yes, I know what you're thinking. What a boring job!! But, honestly I love it. I get to help people every day. I help patients get their claims paid and I fight some of those money-hungry insurance institutions so that the patient isn't slammed with a bill. I feel like, in my own way, I'm almost like a patient-advocate and I love that.
However, changes are coming. BIG CHANGES. I mean, basically any skills I have acquired are soon to be obsolete with all of the new rules that are coming along.
I admit, I almost went into panic mode. Then I realized that sticking through this change and defeating it is the best thing I can do.
I may be falling down a few rungs, but I will be looking up to a successful career. This ladder is what is right for me today. Even if I have to start at the bottom all over again.