Daily Prompt: Sweet Sixteen

Today’s daily prompt

When you were 16, what did you think your life would look like? Does it look like that? Is that a good thing?


sixteen candle

When I was sixteen, I dreamed a lot about being married, having children (I wanted 4) and a career.  I wanted to go to college and then veterinary school,  get married, and have a family.

I did all  those things.  I went to college, then veterinary school, married my high school sweetheart, and instead of 4 kids we had 2.  We got a late start on having children.  I would have liked one more child but hubby was quite happy with just 2.  At 42 my body made the decision for us and there would be no more kids.   I’ve always said God had a reason for that and knew what he was doing.  I accepted it and I’m quite happy with my two boys.  While I’m glad I went to veterinary school, it hasn’t been the career I thought it would be and hasn’t worked out for me.  I left the veterinary profession after practicing for 10 years to be a full-time stay at home mother.  I never regretted that.  Now that my nest has recently become empty, I would like to go back to work, but am fairly certain I don’t want to get back into clinical veterinary practice.  I tried going back to that three years ago and it just didn’t work out for me.  I left it again.  I would like to stay in the veterinary field, but haven’t decided just what I want to do yet or what direction I want to go in.  Maybe soon, I’ll figure it all out.  Overall, my life isn’t too different from how I dreamed it would be when I was sixteen.  And  yes, that’s a good thing!

Gail ♥


About Gail

I am a wife, mother, sister, aunt, friend, veterinarian, and wanna be writer. I love nature and animals of all kinds, music, cooking, and spending time with my family.
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7 Responses to Daily Prompt: Sweet Sixteen

  1. Celia Anne Heartwood says:

    Why did you decide it wasn’t for you?

    When I was sixteen, I thought I’d go to an Ivy League school. What I didn’t realize was that, though I had the potential to go to one, I didn’t have the funds. I ended up going to a state school, which was just as fantastic for me. I thought I’d be a published author by now, but I haven’t really worked on it at all since then. I thought I’d be with my boyfriend forever. And now he and I are engaged. 🙂

    • Gail says:

      I could probably write a book on why I feel practicing veterinary medicine is not for me. Long story.

      Congratulations on your engagement! I hope forever works out for you.

      • Celia Anne Heartwood says:

        Thanks, me too 🙂
        And sometimes you find that, that what was your passion years ago isn’t your passion anymore. Here’s hoping you have the best in years to come!

  2. mama2cj says:

    I still don’t know what I want to be when I grow up either. 🙂

  3. seeker says:

    Partly you did what you dreamt of when you were sixteen. And so many good things in life after that. You are blessed Gail.

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