They say that a leopard can’t change its spots. That’s a zoological fact! I may only be wearing leopard print by Karen Millen and French Connection, but metaphorically speaking, I also have many ‘spots’ that I cannot change.
One of my biggest ‘spots’ is my role as a veterinarian. When I finished high school, I didn’t know which career path to take. I can still recall randomly putting down ‘Veterinary science’ on my preference list without any clue about it. I got in and started the most confusing 4 years of my life.
The years during uni was a challenge because I didn’t see myself as a vet, but I was also directionless about changing courses. It was a miracle that I graduated and got a (really good) job. Thinking back, I don’t know how my uni friends and colleagues put up with me. I owe you so much Geri, Sara, Emma and Matt.
In the past 7 years, I even tried to ‘wean’ myself off my role as a vet. From a full-timer to part-timer when I ran the boutique, to now a locum as I juggle motherhood and the blog, I always thought that one day I’d wave goodbye to veterinary science. But God obviously has other plans - I know that now. Despite me attempting to run away, He has shown me what a blessing and a privilege it is to be a vet. So instead of trying desperately to remove this ‘spot’, I’ve learnt to embrace it.
I now have a new-found passion for vet. I am genuinely interested in the medicine, I’ve become more empathetic with the owners, and I’ve even been given the opportunity to use my creative side for the clinic! A leopard may not be able to change its spots, but it can learn to love them.
I wonder if you’re also stuck in a rutt like I was. I hope that you may embrace your current situation because an appreciative heart will work wonders. And who knows? God just may use your ‘spots’ to change you and bless others!
Where: at a Primary School
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