Do you ever find yourself changing career goals in your life, yet always coming back to one or two things that make your heart sing? Or maybe even more..?
I consistently find myself returning to working with children and writing.
I am 27 years old. I started writing around the age of 16. I bought my first journal after an initially difficult time in my life.
I haven’t stopped writing since.
I started sharing my work when I was 20, and something about it was so freeing. You know the talk about runner’s high, that’s what I feel like when I share a piece of work that I am extremely proud of.
For a while, I wasn’t quite sure what felt so good about it until someone said to me, “Wow, thank you for sharing this. You helped me so much.” Right then and there I knew I wanted to help people.
One year into college, I geared my studies in towards Middle Years Education. Throughout school I simply continued to share from journals that poised the essence of my emotions.
A couple of years later I graduated a little confused. I knew I wanted to help people, especially children, but I wanted to help on a deeper level.
I’m not saying that teachers don’t help. My goodness, I believe teachers are part of the backbone of the world – helping children to piece together their beings. It is not a job for the faint of heart.
No, I wanted to help on a more physiological level. This is when I figured out I wanted to help “misunderstood” children.
There are too many times children who have behavioral issues are pushed to the side, “She’s just a bad kid.”, “Oh, they weren’t raised properly.”, “Something must have gone wrong early on.”
That’s exactly it. Children and teenagers are still navigating the world. They are becoming self-aware.
The children and teenagers who have behavioral issues need to be noticed for who they are, and what has happened to them or what is happening to them.
I soon realized Child Psychology was one of my callings. The research began, I would have to return to school.
During this time, my partner and I found out I was pregnant. I decided to put schooling on hold.
I wanted a remote career, so I could care for my baby. Thus, I shifted more into my writing career and began studying how to become a freelance writer.
My life continued shifting. Accepting that returning to school was not in my near future was difficult.
It took some time to realize that it’s okay.
It’s okay to take a step back and let life unfold.
It’s okay to take a break and put things in hold.
And it’s okay to take your time coming to terms with everything.
Although I have a long way to go until I reach my main career goal – I am very happy to see where life takes me along the way.
Life has already brought a beautiful, loving, adventurous daughter into my life. She has lightened my darkness. She has become my greatest teacher. She is everything and more.
With her I let my life unfold.
What has mended your heart in a time when life continued shifting?