Midlife crisis or just tired of settling?

So, waaay back at the end of August, I posted about how BIG things were going to happen for me.  Pathetically, that was a mere THREE posts ago.  Yeah, I forget I have this stupid blog thing.

Things have changed in the last 6 or 8 months.  Got a nose stud, cut my hair shorter, colored it some funky plum and lavender color, and I went back to school.

I’m 40, which makes me (if I live to 80) – DUN, DUN, DUUUUUNNN!  “Middle-aged.”

Ah, to be middle aged.  Turning 30 was no big deal.  Turning 40, oy.  It seems as though everything decided to break down.  I hurt more.  Sciatica hit me for the first time ever.  I snap, I crackle, I pop.  My blood pressure is all over the place, even on medication.  If it continues this way, 80 is going to SUCK!  LOL

So, I went back to school.  A mere two days worth, actually – well, 50 hours spread out over 3 months or so.  And what a wonderful 50 hours it was!

I just took my final exam today – I’m officially educated on veterinary assistance!

It was a serendipitous moment waaaaay back in August when a local newspaper link popped up on my Facebook feed about the community college in town offering a Veterinary Assistant class.

I immediately sent the link to my sweet hubby and he was all for it right away.

We live in a zoo.  Three dogs.  Two (soon-to-be three) cats.  Four guinea pigs.  Plus all the dogs, cats, hamsters, lizards, frogs, birds that came before.  I think we’re a lion and a giraffe shy of an ark here.  🙂

I had to wait a grueling three months before I could attend the informational meeting and then another month to register, but the day finally arrived when I was back in school.

The class of 10 – 9 females and 1 male – was presented with a binder of everything we’d go over during those 50 hours of class time.  Three hundred pages or so of hard core veterinary information.  Scary?  Nope.  I was in heaven!

Anatomy, injection sites, bandaging, parasites, diseases, conditions, emergency situations, surgery, dentistry, restraint, radiographs, intubation, I could go on.  We covered it all…and I if I want more, I’ll have to go to Vet Tech school. 😉

Exams were tough, but fair.  As my family can attest, I got rather critical of myself for missing a half a point on an exam when I should have gotten 100%.  Labs were so much fun; working with the professor’s dogs (Doberman and little Manchester Terriers and her big, fluffy Tabby).  We trimmed nails, injected saline, gave gelatin capsules to learn how to administer pills, we bandaged, and restrained.  I think all the kisses from her dogs were the best of all.

Here I am today, 50 hours later, breathing a sigh of relief that I did it.  I had perfect attendance, so far have a 97% average, and I know I did well on the final.

What’s the next step?  I know the direction I want to go, but it’s up to God to point me in the right direction.  The opportunities are there and He’s already bringing them my way, so I am extremely hopeful.

Why this “midlife crisis?”  I think we all go through it.  For me, I’m just tired of settling.  When things become too mundane, or stagnant, or even painful, I need to change it up.  I was sick of my ratty, brassy, graying hair – so I cut it and colored it (and LOVE it!).  I was feeling bold, so I got my nose pierced (tattoo #3 is coming next).

I’m now further educated on something I have a passion for – animals.  There are few things in this world I look forward to without fail – three of them are my husband and my two kids.  The rest of them is my zoo.  They relax me, they make me laugh, they are a joy in my life.

I hand it over to God now…hopefully I’ll have an update sooner than later! 😉