The “What If?” Game

There’s this game that most people love to play, whether they realize it or not. It’s called the “what if?” game. It’s a close relative of nostalgia and loves to hang out in the deep corners of your mind, especially when life is chaotic or things aren’t going as planned. For me, the “what if ?” game started a month before graduation, and it has been a continuous marathon of thoughts since then.

While I was in nursing school, I would get little moments of inspiration that helped remind me that I had chosen the right field. However, as the end of school approached, I began to realize that while healthcare is where I belong, maybe nursing wasn’t the entirely the perfect career fit, perhaps I should have stuck with my first choice: med school. Enter the “what if?” game. What if I had continued on as a psychology major and pre-med emphasis instead of freaking out at the amount of school I would have had left? What if I had taken a few more science courses in my undergrad? What if, what if, what if.

The way I see it, the only way to win the game is to replace your “what if?” with “what now?”. Which is where I am currently. I’ve made my to-do lists, weighed my pros and cons and enrolled in classes to start the journey to med school. I have a thirst for knowledge and craving to learn more, do more, help more. We are only limited by what we think we can or cannot do. Meanwhile, I struggle with health issues that have created more bad days than good lately but that only makes me more determined to keep going.

Thinking about conquering a “what if” of your own? Here’s my tips:

1) Determine what goal you want to obtain

2) Make a list of why this is important to you and why you didn’t do it in the past

3) Research what must be done to accomplish said goal, talk to friends and family about it, get a second opinion from someone you trust (but always value your own as a top opinion)

4) Make a pro/con list (be brutally HONEST)

5) If the pros outweigh the cons, create a timeline and get started!

6) Re-evaluate the time line ¬†and to-do list occasionally and make sure you’re on track.

7) Achieve your dreams.

So tell me guys, what is something you wish you had done and what’s stopping you from doing it?