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Barbra E Ross

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Featured guest post from Lori's Reading Corner Blog

Never give up on your dreams.

       I am a nurse by day and a writer at heart.  Taking care of critically ill patients, I have witnessed many people lose their lives. These were people who had plans for the next day, that they never woke up to. It has made me realize the importance of never giving up on your dreams and living life to the fullest. Today is the beginning of the rest of your life. It doesn’t matter how who you are or how old you are. I say this because I achieved two personal dreams of mine, later in life. One, becoming an RN at the age of 50 and the other, was becoming an author.
     I had been an LPN most of my life. I loved it, but I dreamed of being an RN and the opportunities it would bring. Being a single mom, made it impossible to go back to nursing school. When my boys grew up, I made the choice to go back to school.  It was one of the most enriching experiences of my life.
     I have always written, ever since I was a child. But I never was able to share my stories with others. Fear and embarrassment kept me from sharing my stories with others. Even though I knew, deep down, that my stories were good. One day, a friend asked if she could read my rough draft. I was happy she was interested and I let her have a copy. She fell in love with the story and told others about it. Soon, more people asked. I gave it to anyone who inquired. I was blown away at the response. That led to my first publishing. It was one of the most scary, and satisfying moments of my life. What a thrill seeing my work in print, in the bookstore.
    All I am trying to say is, whatever you dream of, whatever you aspire to be…do it! Don’t let fear, or embarrassment hold you back. Age is nothing but a number and your dreams are as young as believe them to be. I am proud to be an author and a nurse. Take it from the wonderful people I have met and passed on. Life is short. Live it now, as we are never promised tomorrow. Oh, and read a book…just saying.
    Barbra E. Ross