The Abyss of Doubt

The Abyss of Doubt

A poem encouraging those who are stuck in seeming doubt to stay true to your dreams. The abyss isn't as everlasting as it seems; you can do this!


Hey readers!

Sometimes dreaming can be challenging. There can be a time when we are stuck in between the "excitement" and the "fear" stages of accomplishing something. However, just because it may be hard now, doesn't mean it will stay this way forever. May this piece help you overcome your 'abyss' as you reach toward your goals. You can get through this!

There was something inside of her, but she didn't know what

Some people told her it was luck, some people told her it was love

But for the life of her, she didn't recognize what it was

It felt so new and so strange

'Was something about to change?'

She wondered this aloud, because for now,

She couldn't figure out what this feeling was, fresh and strong

It made her wonder for too long

Yet, it felt like dangerously wild expectation

It hit like wonderfully addicting dreams

And it spread the fear of luminous possibilities

It was both beautiful and terrifying

Electrifying and heartbreaking

'Anxiousness,' was what she came up with

On her dreams, for what she was always told,

'If it's too good to be true, it generally is.'

But she wanted to be happy for herself for getting this far

Even if it meant being so unsure of this feeling

So, yes, it was unknown

But didn't that mean she had grown into what she always believed she could?

Wasn't this a step into her marvelous dream that no one else understood?

The universe nodded in seeming agreement, and for now, she beamed

Even if she never understood what it all could mean

From then on, she called it, 'The Abyss of Doubt,'

She knew she wasn't immune to it, but she was figuring it out

There was no mistake that she would fall there again

But with unfaltering belief in herself, this visit would come to an end

'Dreaming is never easy, nor possible at first

But I cannot lose myself here in what appears like the worst.'

The Abyss of Doubt would surely visit again

But it made her resolve even stronger then

For her dreams were alive and well and undying

She would always fight to keep them thriving

Even in The Abyss of Doubt

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To The Nursing Major During The Hardest Week Of The Year

I know that no grade can possibly prove what kind of nurse you will be. I know that no assignment will showcase your compassion. I know that no amount of bad days will ever take away the empathy inside of you that makes you an exceptional nurse.


To the Nursing Major During Finals Week,

I know you're tired, I know you're stressed, and I know you feel like you can't go on. I know that no part of this seems fair, and I know you are by far the biggest critic of yourself. I know that you've thought about giving up. I know that you feel alone. I know that you wonder why in the world you chose one of the hardest college majors, especially on the days it leaves you feeling empty and broken.

But, I also know that you love nursing school. I know your eyes light up when you're with patients, and I know your heart races when you think of graduation. I know that you love the people that you're in school with, like truly, we're-all-in-this-together, family type of love. I know that you look at the older nurses with admiration, just hoping and praying that you will remain that calm and composed one day. I know that every time someone asks what your college major is that you beam with pride as you tell them it's nursing, and I know that your heart skips a beat knowing that you are making a difference.

I know that no grade can possibly prove what kind of nurse you will be. I know that no assignment will showcase your compassion. I know that a failed class doesn't mean you aren't meant to do this. I know that a 'C' on a test that you studied so. dang. hard. for does not mean that you are not intelligent. I know that no amount of bad days will ever take away the empathy inside of you that makes you an exceptional nurse.

I know that nursing school isn't fair. I know you wish it was easier. I know that some days you can't remember why it's worth it. I know you want to go out and have fun. I know that staying up until 1:00 A.M. doing paperwork, only to have to be up and at clinicals before the sun rises is not fair. I know that studying this much only to be failing the class is hard. I know you wish your friends and family understood. I know that this is difficult.

Nursing school isn't glamorous, with the white lab coat and stethoscope. Nursing school is crying, randomly and a lot. Nursing school is exhaustion. Nursing school is drinking so much coffee that you lose track. Nursing school is being so stressed that you can't eat. Nursing school is four cumulative finals jam-packed into one week that is enough to make you go insane.

But, nursing school is worth it. I know that when these assignments are turned in and finals are over, that you will find the motivation to keep going. I know that one good day of making a difference in a patient's life is worth a hundred bad days of nursing school.

Keep hanging in there, nursing majors. It'll all be worth it— this I know, for sure.

So, if you have a nursing major in your life, hug them and tell them that you're proud of them. Nursing school is tough, nursing school is scary, and nursing school is overwhelming; but a simple 'thank-you' from someone we love is all we need to keep going.


A third-year nursing student who knows

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To The High School Graduating Seniors

I know you're ready, but be ready.



I am not going to say anything about senioritis because I was ready to get out of there and I'm sure you are too; however, in your last months living at home you should take advantage of the luxuries you will not have in a college dorm. The part of college seen in movies is great, the rest of it is incredibly inconvenient. It is better to come to terms with this While you still have plenty of time to prepare and enjoy yourself.

Perhaps one of the most annoying examples is the shower. Enjoy your hot, barefoot showers now because soon enough you will have no water pressure and a drain clogged with other people's hair. Enjoy touching your feet to the floor in the shower and the bathroom because though it seems weird, it's a small thing taken away from you in college when you have to wear shoes everywhere.

Enjoy your last summer with your friends. After this summer, any free time you take is a sacrifice. For example, if you want to go home for the summer after your freshman year and be with your friends, you have to sacrifice an internship. If you sacrifice an internship, you risk falling behind on your resume, and so on. I'm not saying you can't do that, but it is not an easy choice anymore.

Get organized. If you're like me you probably got good grades in high school by relying on your own mind. You think I can remember what I have to do for tomorrow. In college, it is much more difficult to live by memory. There are classes that only meet once or twice a week and meeting and appointments in between that are impossible to mentally keep straight. If you do not yet have an organizational system that works for you, get one.

I do not mean to sound pessimistic about school. College is great and you will meet a lot of people and make a lot of memories that will stick with you for most of your life. I'm just saying be ready.

-A freshman drowning in work

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