I've spent some time over the past couple days mulling around the internet and it occurred to me that when it comes to medical school admissions as a nontrad, Moms seem to be at a distinct disadvantage (which is one reason I don't fret much that I've had to change my "timeline"). Why is it that Moms throw in the towel much more so it appears, than nontrad Dads? Unfortunately, the answer is pretty obvious to me, Moms are the backbone of the family so we tend to put our dreams on hold in favor of family.
Well, that's a position I have absolutely NO regrets or second thoughts about because I believe life is ALL about choices. IMHO, happiness is gained in large part with being happy/satisfied with the choices you make, while firm in the knowledge that you made the best choice you could at the time! Would I love to be a Pathologist right now? Abso-freakin-lutely!! But am I dissatisfied with my life right now because I'm not? NO WAY because I believe there's a reason I'm at this place in my life right now and that at the end of the day, it's all a small part of the bigger plan God has for my life! That said, I KNOW for sure that I would never be satisfied with where I am professionally in the long run because it's just not enough (and how many times have I said that?).
So for now, I'm quite content working side by side with Pathologists, designing experiments and consulting with PI's on their research projects. For me, it's all just well paying practice for when I do become the Physician/Scientist I'm convinced I'm supposed to be!!! :)