I have been down different career paths in the past, searching for the best fit for me. I am the youngest of four children. My siblings are all successful and talented in their lives. Finding my own path has been… circuitous. I’ve bounced around from the world of commerce to developing my piping skills in a French pastry school. I threw in a little waitressing and snowboarding for good measure. One could say I was indecisive, unfocused, hell bent on differentiating myself from my siblings. I returned to school to pursue my master’s degree in speech-language pathology at the ripe old age of … 30. (Gasp!) At the time, my thinking was, that if all went according to plan, regardless I’d be two years older (double Gasp!), might as well have my degree. Now, after several years of working with children, I feel that I’ve found my sweet spot working with those who have motor based difficulties. Motor based. Movement. This realization is not lost on me, it kind of makes sense. I could have been a physiotherapist or occupational therapist very happily. (I’ve stopped talking about going back to school and my husband can breathe a sigh of relief!).
Amazing what you can see when you step back, step off the wheel, and take time to think. And that’s just what I did. In her blog, Sarah invites us to do The Thing we need to do. And to talk about The Thing, to open it up and share it. What was my Thing? Ahem…I mean my Thing now? I knew what The Thing was, that part was easy enough. Movement. I needed movement. My Thing was getting my certification to teach Essentrics. But allowing myself to make a change, to do something different, to be ok with changing it up- yet again. That was the sticking point. I could almost hear it bouncing around in peoples heads- “here she goes AGAIN”. Another THING. And once I started talking about The Thing, like Sarah encouraged me to do, the response was astoundingly positive. The cheering squad got bigger. My sister was in the bleachers, hollering. And my husband refrained from rolling his eyes and instead, chose to join in. And I realized that little gnawing bully voice was my own. And then I stopped thinking. I stopped asking, pondering, reflecting. I took the leap. I wanted to be involved in something that took me out of my head, out of the heavy clinical work. I wanted to think less and move more. And that was ok. And so I started the process of getting my Essentrics teachers certification. And here I am at 40, (triple GASP!) certified and ready to move! I’ve re written my story in my head. I’ve let go of seeing myself as being indecisive or unfocused. I’m doing The Thing that I need to do. And so I ask, what is The Thing that YOU need to do?
Please read Sarah’s blog posting.
I hope it inspires you. And please- please, share The Thing that you need to do–put it out there. As Sarah said “I need to live in a world where showing up is celebrated”. You got it, Sarah!