Monday, August 23, 2010

I have a big decision to make. I am thinking about enrolling in another nutrition course. This one is time intensive up to a year to complete and of course expensive. I keep thinking, am I crazy considering persuing a new career at my age (61 in a few months)? Since becoming Vegan 1 yr. and 8 months go I have become so passionate about plant-based nutrition that it is making it very difficult working at my current job in the out patient cardiology dept. where procedures are done to put a bandaid on the effects of our Standard American Diet (SAD). The majority of these patients could reverse their coronary artery disease and prevent these dangerous, costly procedures with some dietary guidance and cooperation. I have personally reversed all of my health issues and would like to be able to help others.

Maybe this is a sign. I have a little book I bought recently and had not yet opened, sitting on my desk. Just before I started this blog I opened it randomly and this little phrase jumped out at me: "I make decisions easily. I allow myself to follow my heart's lead. I do it now." I do it now?

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  • no profile photo CD8030385
    From reading your threads, you would really be happy making this change. Don't worry about your age. There are a lot of people of all different ages getting educated in different professions. Go for your dream!
    3840 days ago
    You may be 61 chronologically, but you're probably much younger biologically, now that you're super nutrition-fortified! Best case scenario: You realize your new life goal and have a new career. Worst case scenario: You learn more about nutrition and satisfy your intense curiosity, perhaps making you an even healthier you!

    Nowadays I always consider carefully whether a lifestyle change will still allow me time for exercise and healthy cooking, and a relatively low-stress life. That's important, too.
    3840 days ago

    Comment edited on: 8/23/2010 8:10:49 PM
    Your passion is there for a reason, Diana! Let your light shine and educate anyone you can! To pursue your dream and make a difference will give you more fulfillment than you're receiving now. And it is NEVER too late to feel fulfilled! I'm so proud of you for still setting goals to reach instead of sitting back and letting life pass you by! (((HUGS))))

    p.s. Sunny! Your story is so very inspirational! Thank you for sharing it with Diana and in turn ME! :-)

    3841 days ago
  • SUNNYH99
    Diana, I agree with what everyone else has said about "do it," "go for it," "grab the brass ring," etc. Here's an example from my life that may help.

    When I was in my 30's I started college with the goal of becoming a doctoral level professional. I started as a freshman in community college. In my 2nd year of my BA program my ex-DH saw a counselor and I went along. When the guy heard my goal, he pooh-poohed it, saying it was harder to get into my field than to get into medical school, and that I was "too old." I was about 36 years old! I didn't listen to him. 9 years after I started my first class, I had earned my BA, MA and PhD in my chosen field, and I've been in private practice successfully now for a long time. I forgot that jerk's name long ago, but I never forgot his words. They propelled me to undertake a very challenging course of study and training that probably helped end that earlier relationship, which I know now needed ending. I'll also never forget what someone else told me (again, who said it is not part of the memory): "You'll be 43 anyway; this way you'll also have a new career."

    So I say to you, dear friend, "You'll be 62 or 63 anyway, so you might as well love what you're doing and feel more a part of the solution instead of the frustration!"
    emoticon With love and encouragement, Sunny
    3841 days ago
    My 88 year old Father-in-law had 3 stents put into his heart Friday, really needed another one but they felt they did all they should do at this time. He came home with another drug to add to his regime and instructions to reduce his sodium and fat. That was the extent of the conversation on diet.

    My husband's cardiologist on the other hand, 3 years ago recommended a low fat, low sodium vegetarian diet. Specifially Dean Ornish's plan for reversing heart disease. However, he would rather take drugs. Just because people know better doesn't mean they do better.

    I think you should grab that brass ring and maybe you can make a difference for someone YOUNGER, before they get to the point they are on drugs or needing surgery. The whole medical system would be so much better if there were more PREVENTION and less drugs and surgery.

    3841 days ago
    Of course! Your heart knows where it's interests lie. Grab that brass ring!

    3841 days ago
    Follow your heart's desires.
    3841 days ago
    YES!!! Go for it! You should always follow your hearts desire! emoticon
    3841 days ago
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