I guess I will be the first to have a go at this.
I was raised with no faith formation though I was baptized in the Catholic Church. I always felt as if I was called to be different. Called to be apart from the world though living in it. I never succumbed to peer pressure, I was my own person.
In high school I turned to Christianity. I only knew protestants so I followed them. I thought I would go to school for ministry but I could not find a protestant Church that seemed to fit.
Later I found the Catholic Church and was astounded by the fit. It also gave me some guidance and knowledge as to what I had been feeling my whole life. A calling.
I did not know much about religious life so I thought I was called to the priesthood.
I had some rocky times in my vocational discernment and finely found a fit with the Carmelites.
When I entered the pre-novitiate (other groups call this postulancy) I did so with the mindset that I was called to be a priest and the religious life was secondary.
Now, working through formation (about 6 years now) I have come to the realization that I am called to the religious life as a Carmelite. The priesthood is not necessary for this call. It is a separate call.
I am comfortable with professing solemn vows with the Carmelites (God willing it will be this August). I will continue my studies as I have been doing and will petition for ordination but that is not a show stopper. If, for some reason, my community and superior determine that there is no call to the priesthood present I will be disappointed but that will have no bearing on my answering the call to religious life.
Is this what you were looking for?