“I don’t see much sense in that,” said Rabbit.
“No,” said Pooh humbly, “There isn’t. But there was going to be when I began it. It’s just that something happened to it along the way.”
I don't know whether or not there is such a thing as a mid-life crisis. I do know that I have been experiencing physical and mental changes that are contributing to my desire to make some changes in my way of living.
For the past ten years or so I've been working in the veterinary field. Much of my job duties have been physically tiring; standing on my feet for eight to ten hours a day, and lifting and bending to carry or restrain animals. Animal hospitals can also be very mentally stressful environments.
When I accepted the position at my last animal hospital, I was already attending school to obtain a degree as a Veterinary Technician. Along with the on-line and correspondence portion of the course, I needed hands-on training from a local animal hospital. I had hoped that I could work part-time and fulfill the clinical requirements for the course at the same time. But, something happened along the way.
The hospital was so close to my home that I could walk there, making travel time to and from work mere minutes. The interview went well, I passed the drug screening, and then realized that, alas, there was no part-time position available. I took the job anyway, thinking that I could handle the work and the homework. I did handle it, for awhile, but when the only classes I could actually attend were make-up classes (I was at work during the scheduled class time), I found myself getting further and further behind in my studies.
After I had exhausted my extensions for the semester, I had to face the fact that I could not continue to work full-time and complete my education. Since we needed the money more than I needed the degree, I ate the loss on the tuition and quit school.
Now, two years later, I'm mentally and physically exhausted. I'm not sure what my next job will be, but I'm rethinking my career choice while I return to the local community college this Fall for some Horticulture courses.