Hope, Inspirational, Mental Health, Mental Health Nursing, Recovery, Self esteem, Suicide, University

Never doubt your ability to succeed in your dreams…

Hold onto self-worth & positivity as much as you can for so many experiences, good and bad, can lead to great things.

BELIEVE in yourself!!

This is taken from elsewhere that I thought was inspiring:

At age 23, Oprah was fired from her first reporting job.

At age 24, Stephen King was working as a janitor and living in a trailer.

At age 28, J.K Rowling was a suicidal single parent living on welfare.

At age 30, Harrison Ford was a carpenter.

Vera Wang failed to make the Olympic figure skating team, didn’t get the editor in chief position at Vogue, and designed her first dress at age 40.

Alan Rickman gave up his graphic design career to pursue acting at age 42.

Samuel L Jackson didn’t get his first movie role until he was age 46.

Morgan Freeman landed his first MAJOR movie role age 52.

Louise Hay didn’t launch her publishing company, Hay House, until she was age 62.

If you haven’t found your dream career yet, it’s not too late.

You’re not a failure because you haven’t found fame or fortune by the age of 30.

Hell it’s ok if you don’t even know what your dream career or purpose is yet.

Never tell yourself you’re too old to make it.

Never tell yourself you missed your chance.

Never tell yourself you aren’t good enough.

Whatever you were born to do, you can still do it.

And personally? If someone had told me in my early 20’s on the day I was visiting my mum in a psychiatric unit that I would be a qualified mental health nurse working within that very unit, I would not have believed it.

I left home at 16.

I was a teenage addict.

I dropped out of college three times.

I failed to complete a further NVQ having become pregnant at 18.

I failed to complete a BTEC because I was head hunted for another admin job…

I worked my way up to PA level but knew it wasn’t my dream career.

I had 2 more children and became severely depressed.

I tried to take my life for the first time.


I recovered to a point which led me to realising my calling for the first real time in my life.

Why the bloody hell have I never thought about mental health nursing given my character and life history? It all suddenly fell into place.

Doubt momentarily crept in. I can’t do a degree! Me? No. I’m not brainy enough. I read the prospectus. How on earth can I achieve that dream? I’m not good enough.

Then I realised. If I could conquer living then why worry about trying something and failing?


At age 38, I became that nurse.

My mental health declined throughout training with a diagnosis of bipolar and three further attempts at taking my life.


I’m still here. I’m still a nurse. I have had periods of being well enough to return to work.

I will damn well keep trying.

Dream big and don’t be afraid to try. Be it a career or a fulfilling life another way, it doesn’t matter. That’s success.

And if you are reading this and struggling with life then just think that simply breathing and being you is a success.


Nothing else matters.

Hope. You’ve got this. B x

1 thought on “Never doubt your ability to succeed in your dreams…”

  1. So true. It’s amazing doing something you never thought you were capable of – even if it takes time to get there; even if you have to do it in baby steps or have to take time from it and keep returning to it.

    You can also succeed at your dreams, but not in the way you thought. I always wanted to be in the army since I can remember. Failed the medical miserably. Years later I got an Executive Officer/Civil Service job working on an army base. So I finally got to work in/with the army, just not the way I had originally envisaged.

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