Two years of general undergrad studies: didn’t get me very far but the soccer scholarships and varsity parties were pretty fun. Four years of kinesiology: tried it, didn’t necessarily love it, continued looking for something else. Four years of nursing school: tried it, liked it, sparked an interest, wanted more. Six months of emergency nursing training: Trying it. Loving it. Found it. Finally. 10 years later, I’ve finally found it. I’ve found something that allows me to make a living doing something I enjoy. That makes me feel good. That highlights my greatest skills and enables me to help people in the process. A new chapter of my life which I intend to make as creative and adventurous as possible.
For me, it took 10 years to figure myself out. To discover what I am most passionate about and how I can best contribute to this world whilst keeping a genuine smile on my face. 10 years. TEN years! If you’re still en route to finding something that makes you feel good, keep going. Don’t rush. Preservere. Be bold. Be courageous. Take the risk. Don’t give up. Keep trying different routes until you find your unique niche. Something that brings a smile across your face and a smile to your heart. That makes you feel good. That makes you feel alive. That makes you say, “I can’t imagine myself doing anything else”. Don’t ever settle for anything less. Ever.
Most importantly, remember this:
Our jobs do not define us. Rather, our jobs make up just one more piece of the brilliant and creative mosaic we call our life. So the next time you go to ask someone, “what do you do for a living?” Perhaps rethink your question. Perhaps ask this instead, “tell me more about yourself. What is it that you love to do?” Notice the smiles that instantly start to form and the passion that begins to flow. The open and honest conversation that begins to form. THIS is passion. THIS is life.
We are our passion. It’s what we do best. Share it in any way you can. There’s endless possibilities of what you can do with it. Absolutely endless.
Here’s to a new chapter in my life, sharing as much of the heart felt stories and lessons learned along the way.