After working in the computer industry for 15 years I was pretty competent but unfulfilled. It was my third choice of career, and I was good at it, but it wasn’t my passion. As a matter of fact, I didn’t even know what my passion was! I just knew that there must be more to life than getting in my car every morning, driving to work so that I can earn money to keep my car on the road to go to work.
I’ve always loved martial arts but didn’t necessarily want to go to China or Japan to go and do it, so when I discovered a full-time training centre three and a half hours drive away from me, I set out to discover what they were about. I went for a week long karate training camp, a gashuku, and decided I would stay on for a couple of days afterwards to learn more about what they do there.
Well, it became 3 days, then 4…and I didn’t want to leave. Continue reading I stepped out of my comfort zone…to do Martial Arts full-time
I’m lucky…I’ve made the shift to do what makes me happy and I’m earning a living doing my passion. It’s not easy, as a matter of fact it’s a bit of a struggle at the moment, but it’s all worthwile because I get to help people every day and that is just the most amazingly rewarding thing…EVER!
As a martial artist I get to see our students put the pieces together and reach that point where everything suddenly starts to click…and they move on to the next level of understanding and doing. It’s satisfying, especially if you’ve racked your brains to try and find a way of explaining something to them that they’re struggling to grasp, and then it happens and their whole face lights up and they go “Oooooh!!! I seeeee!!!” That is just priceless!
Each person has their own way of understanding and looking at the world and it’s one of my gifts to be able to translate concepts into their language. I have the knack of knowing what their understanding of life is and where they’re at at that moment in time and then relating whatever I have to explain or transfer to them in such a way that they can grasp it. Some people are harder to read, and then it takes a while for it to click, but when it does…oh boy…it’s magic! It’s what I call their A-haaa moment.
In our Health Shop I often have people coming in for advice and I love to help even if they don’t buy something if I don’t have it on the shelf. So I’ll send them to where I know they’ll be able to find it (to the absolute frustration of my husband!) because I just can’t not help them. Each and every one of them are always so thankful, just because they’ve found someone who actually cares, and that to me makes all the difference in the world. We need to care about one another, we’re all in this together, aren’t we? And it’s not always just about making money. I know I have to make a living, but that’s not why I’m doing what I’m doing. I love helping people to help themselves. Educating them that they can actually do that – help themselves. They come back, sometimes years later and thank me for the advice, or the supplement or cream I gave them that helped them or their family.
Now that…that’s awesome!
I See You, I C U, Eye Cee U!!!