When I was a child, I used to pray for a lot of silly things, such as receiving the newest toy on the store shelf.
Of course, however, our thoughts and prayers tend to mature with us as we grow.
The one prayer that has been stuck with me ever since I was a child, was my prayer and desire to help others.
“I want to help people, I’m not sure in what way or how, but I know for a fact that I want to help others, only You can show me the way.”
As I got older, especially during my journey through college, this prayer started to shape and define itself remarkably.
My intentions were to become a psychologist, but after walking out of a graduate program meeting for psychology, literally in tears, I realized a path of research and lab work was not for me; I wanted more hands on work, but I feared the great unknown.
It was after my little break down when the doors of opportunities started to open themselves slowly. After taking a few nursing classes and landing a job as a substitute preschool teacher’s aid, I discovered my love for children and health. (Yes, I admit, I never thought about working with children, I was simply looking for a summer job one year ago)
And in one year, my mindset (and my heart) had change when I stumbled on a job listing as a Child Life Specialist, when I was really searching for nursing positions at a specific hospital in California.
That specific job listing description spoke out to me! Reading that a bachelors in psychology or child related field was needed, with love for children, and dealing with family/children relationship in a hospital setting, I just knew this was my calling.
Thus, I began my journey.
As I mentioned before, Hawaii resources in child life are limited, which required me to research even harder.
Though small, my local children’s hospital does have a Child Life Team, which I believe consists of 3 certified Child Life Specialist, the other remaining 2 in a total of 5 in the state are located at another hospital location.
It is unfortunate that not many know about this wonderful developing profession, and even more upsetting that this department goes underrepresented at the hospitals located here, but I will do what it takes to not only spread the word of good about it, but hopefully become a specialist myself.
All thanks to a simple prayer.