After 4 months, I’ve finally removed my uniforms from the closet, folded them and put them away to take to Value Village or for some quilting project…someday.  I am ready to move out and on with the next stage.

I received an email from our licensing body that my license has expired a few days ago.  I thanked them happily for their concern but I have no need of a license anymore.  I can practice whatever I want.

“Dear Lily Leung;

Upon checking our database we note you held a practicing registration/licence last year.  Your 2013 licence to practise expired November 30, 2013.  If you have been practicing as a registered nurse since December 1st, 2013, I want to caution you that you may have been practicing unlawfully and that you must, in the future, make every effort to see that you are registered by the expiry date before practicing as a registered nurse.

Please check to make sure you are currently licenced by using our Online Verification Service (e-Register) available at  All current 2014 RN & RN(NP) licensures will show.

If you have been practicing without a licence, please discontinue practice immediately and contact SRNA toll free at 1-800-667-9945 or in Regina 306-359-4200. ”

It was so liberating, though maybe not necessary to let them know that I have retired.  Up to now I have felt somewhat frozen…not missing my career of over 30 years, not even remembering much of it.  Perhaps now that I am ridding the layers of my work self, like a snake shedding its skin, I will be able to thaw and feel again about what being a nurse meant to me.

I know for sure that I am not one who remains in a situation of no other meaning than monetary.  Of that I am absolutely sure.   I often like to quote Lao Tzu:  A journey of a thousand miles start with a single step.  It is not easy but the journey towards one’s heart and soul is worth the effort.  I have taken my first step.


About hafong

Hello! My name is (Leung) Hafong alias Lily Leung. You always say the last name first….that is the Chinese way. That is my partner lurking behind me. Since this is my blog, I won’t mention his name. But this is a rather cool picture. You see me and yet you don’t…sort of the way I feel about myself most of my life. So this blog is a self-exploration, an archeology dig of some sort. My tools…..words of a thousand or so at a sitting. I will try for that.
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