Running Wild

Live, love, and learn


These past 2 weeks have gone by incredibly fast! I can’t believe only 6 weeks remain before I have to say goodbye to this place and head home. Although it will be tough to say goodbye, I intend on making the most out of the time I have left with these people and these animals because for the first time since I started my vet tech journey almost 18 months ago, I really feel like I’m making a difference.
The first few days here were pretty rough, to put it simply. I’ve always struggled with self doubt. Whenever I start something new I always feel extremely inadequate and unqualified. But just as my grandma told me to, I’m taking everything one day at a time. Sure enough, once my initial jitters were out of my system I fell into my groove. I’m still incredibly nervous but I’m doing things I never thought I would ever do. I’m learning so much here I really don’t want to leave.
In the past two weeks I’ve learned how to treat and restrain raptors, I’ve been the anesthetist for a Red Tail Hawk surgery, and I’ve treated a bald eagle’s feathers with betadine to promote healthy feather growth. Every single day here is amazing. I love what I’m doing and I so content with the path that I’ve chosen for myself.
Here’s something that I thought was kind of remarkable:
First of all, let me just say that my beliefs and my faith are somewhat undetermined. I don’t know what I believe. BUT I’d like to believe that we all have guardians that watch over us. I wouldn’t really call them angels. Most of the time it’s just a feeling. Anyway, my first day here I met this woman. She’s older, probably retired. She volunteers at the Wildlife Center on Tuesdays and you can tell that she loves helping these animals. Here’s the crazy part – her name is Peg. This also happens to be the name of my late grandmother. I don’t believe that my Nana is walking around as Peg. But there was a moment on my first day that I could’ve sworn it was my Nana talking to me. I might be totally crazy, but for that short moment I could no longer feel my nerves. I’d like to believe it was her way of telling me to just calm down. Whatever it was, it worked.
Most people who know me really well know that I’ve been on a crazy path of self discovery for some time now. I mean, that’s what being in your 20’s is all about… right? I’m doing my best to make the most out of every single day and not take anything for granted. Although I am only human and sometimes I can be a bit oblivious to the great things I have in my life.
Being here I’m not just learning things related to my career but things related to life in general. There’s this girl in the house… Maggie. I know I’ve mentioned her before, but this girl really is wonderful. I’ve never met anyone else like her. She’s so comfortable with who she is. She’s honest, and just completely aware. I know that’s a weird adjective to use to describe someone but a lot of younger people really aren’t all that aware of the world around them these days. If something doesn’t show up on their facebook feed they know nothing about it. Maybe it has something to do with the fact that last year she went on a mission trip and visited 11 countries in 11 months. She pays attention – which with the current generation’s massive ADHD issues, is a really attractive quality in a person. I think that’s why I like her so much. Let’s be real here I have the biggest crush on this girl right now. Not in the sense that I want to date her or be anything more than friends, but more in the sense that I’m grateful to have met her. You ever meet someone and just get this feeling that they’re really important? I could tell from the second I met her that this girl was going to change my life. Maybe it won’t be this big dramatic change but it will be something.
Life is just a really long book and I can tell that this girl, Maggie, is a really important character in my story.

I really am amazed at myself with everything I’ve accomplished thus far. You never know what you’re truly capable of until you try.

More on my journey as a wildlife vet tech extern to come… stay tuned 🙂

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