As I am sitting at the station waiting for a call at my current EMT job, my emotions are running wild thinking about my first evening of paramedic school after my shift. I'm half shitting my pants/incredibly anxious to start but every person I've talked to who has gone through it has said, "Get ready for a year of hell." or "Say good bye to your loved ones." Like fuck. Is it really that bad? I guess I wouldn't mind being a hermit for a year. One year to buckle down and grab this program by the balls to actually come out as a competent paramedic. They say nothing worth it in life comes easy, and I fully believe this will be the case. That has been the other side to the coin of advice I've received. It will suck, but it will be incredibly worth it in the end. You get to see things the average Joe doesn't. You get to do things like defeat death. The things I will learn could be the one thing between an individual's life and the grave. Someone else's loved one in my hands. If that's not a heavy burden to carry, I don't know what is. I couldn't be more excited.

My training will definitely take a hit, so keeping it very simplistic and to the point is in my best interest. Will I make huge gains this next year? Doubtful. I have however, have been doing my best to switch things around and change my mentality to quality over quantity in my training. Being effective rather than just doing a bunch of random shit in the weight room. I've been following all of Jim Wendler's blogs and have been getting lots of great ideas to over simplify everything so I can manage my time to the best of my ability.

With all that being said, I am ready for the challenge ahead of me. For anyone that has been through something similar and wants to share their story, that'd be awesome! I'd love to hear it.