Keeping what matters

When I was younger the only job I wanted to do was to be a vet. I think I must have watched a lot of All Creatures Great and Small (for those old enough to remember that programme) or I was still being affected by Tales of the Riverbank while at primary school. Above all that though there is something about my young self that I still see now and that is I always wanted to help animals.

I very quickly realised that I am too sentimental and I can’t cope with the sad bits of the job, as well as being rubbish at science subjects at school. It was never going to be the right career for me but that doesn’t mean that it isn’t something that is still important to me. I want to help animals. I have been a vegetarian for 32 years. I have taken in many rescue gerbils and rodents.

There are elements, characteristics and behaviour that we change throughout our lives. We develop and improve so that we become better people. Some values are so strong though that they remain constant, they are part of us. I have worked over the past two years to try and remove the limiting beliefs from my life. When things are holding me back I try to work round it and keep focused on where I want to be. Our values are part of what makes us.

I know that my love of animals is something that will not go away. It is fundamental to my values and beliefs. It impacts on my daily life and that doesn’t worry me at all. I know that I need to ensure my life features animals in it whatever happens. They bring worry and heartache but most of all they bring joy and happiness. They are just full of love with a love of life. They deserve our respect and support.

I was never going to become a vet, which I think is a good thing. We all do need to recognise those fundamental parts of our values and beliefs those things that are crucial to us. When they are positive and beneficial we should keep them after all they are part of what makes us who we are.

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