Becoming a better person will not happen overnight neither can someone else do it for you. It takes desire and commitment. Some might say that their key factor in becoming a better person was setting a specific goal for themselves, so that you are focused to do things positively. Others might say that a tragic event or learning from errors in their life has made them a better person. I am no different. My past obstacles have made me a better person because of the many challenges I have encountered throughout my life.
Anyone who has been with a loved one while they take their last breath on this Earth knows it changes you. As I become older, I realize that the death of my grandfather was something I thought I could never endure. He was my hero. No matter what foolish things I did; he always encouraged me to be the best version of me as I can be. I decided to turn a sorrowful event in my life into something that can guide me, help keep me going and make me into a better person. Not only did my grandfather’s last breath give me a sigh of relieve knowing he was no longer in pain, but it has also given me the motivation to find my best self.
Shortly after my grandfather passed away, I as if my whole world came crashing down. I started questioning and nearly losing my faith. I stopped attending church because I was very angry at the world and at God. I often wondered what I did to lose my best friend. I later realized that this is not how I want to deal with this for the rest of my life. I decided to find God again. I put my differences aside, began with a new slate, and asked for forgiveness. This was a crucial obstacle I overcame to help make me a better person.
Finding myself was a difficult task throughout my life. I never truly found myself until my senior year of high school. I was known as shy my whole life. It has always been a big barricade in my life and I am not sure why. I have always kept to myself and made few friends. My mother always told me, “If nursing is the career you want to pursue in life, you are going to have to overcome being shy and the feeling of being unfit.” Starting college, was a good opportunity to start overcoming this fear of mine. No one knew how I was in high school and college was my chance to change. Slowly overcoming this step in my life and actually being my true self around everyone is going to be an important step in my life in becoming a better person.
Additionally, my relationship with my significant other has made me a better person. He has pushed me to be more ambitious, so that we have a brighter future. He has become my number one supporter throughout the many years we have been together. I have also learned the art of compromising and being more versatile. Being with him has made me so overwhelmed with gratitude. I often find myself saying “thank you” with more enthusiasm than necessary, to people who hold open doors and compliment me. I feel as if I am friendlier in general.
Lastly, nursing has played a significant role in why I am a better person. Why I continue to push myself harder than I ever have. Why I study more and do my very best to get good grades than I ever have before. With the help of my grandmother helping me and guiding me, I knew at a very young age that becoming a nurse was something I wanted to do. There was just something about participating in the human life cycle, being a part of patient and family’s lives, and making their experiences better. That is what makes me feel as if I have a purpose and encourages me to be the best person I can be.
These challenges I have overcome throughout my life are every reason of why I am the person I am today and why I consider myself a better person. My grandfather always encouraged me to be the best version of myself as I can be, as well as giving me motivation to do it. My relationship has made me better myself, by teaching me to express my feelings to someone else, having someone there for me to open up to and to help me continue to grow. When I am down, I think of my grandfather passing away and my significant other. They both have taught me very important life lessons to better myself. During a rough patch in my life, I nearly lost my faith and lost sight of god for a short period of time. Once I regained that relationship with God, I realized that was a critical part of bettering myself spiritually. Although, finding myself throughout high school and now college was a difficult task on my behave. I am slowly becoming more and more over the idea of being shy. I used to be scared to talk to people I did not know, due to the fear of being unfit and the fear of not being accepted by others. I think of how far I have grown as a person and my nursing career. I’m not only becoming the person I want to be, but the one I promised my grandfather I would turn into. Nursing has made me a better person already, because this is something I want to do for the rest of my working career. I want to be the most outstanding nurse I can be and do what I want to do more than anything else in this world, to help ill people. These are the reasons why I have the drive and motivation to be a better person.
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