Malcolm S. Forbes once said, “The biggest mistake people make in life is NOT making a living doing what they most enjoy.” Since I was a child, I always wondered what I would do when I grew up. Did I want to be a dentist, veterinarian, doctor, or cosmetologist? I had no idea, but this past year I strongly and whole-heartedly decided what I was going to do.
My junior year I enrolled in a Certified Nurse’s Assistant course; I really had no idea what I was getting myself into, but I soon found out. The first day of class we learned about what we’d be doing, and in a way, this excited me. Taking care of people in the nursing home sounded gratifying. I knew that I’d be helping people on a daily basis, and that made me feel good about myself.
The first time we attended the nursing home, I was extremely nervous to see if the experience would be as I had imagined. The elderly people sat in their wheel chairs lining the halls of the nursing home. They watched as the whole class walked in, I could see the wonder on their faces, concerned as to why we were there. We quickly started working; we changed their clothes, gave them baths, fed them, and helped them move around safely. The residents were all so sweet and thankful, they weren’t used to younger people taking care of them, but they liked and appreciated us for being so gentle with them. When we were there, I knew we were brightening their day, and they loved us.
I was working hard for this! Becoming a Certified Nursing Assistant was my main priority. I loved it! Sitting and talking with the elders was amazing, they had plenty of stories to tell and they loved telling them. Some told stories about being younger, being involved in war, getting married, and having children. As I grew closer to them the more I enjoyed learning about their lives and what they accomplished throughout their years. I found myself regularly asking more and more questions. I was so interested, and wanted to know everything about them. Some...
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