Professionally, the last five years have been difficult for many folks, myself included. My undergraduate degree in philosophy prepared me to think deep thoughts while working retail, so I went the great fallback route and got a law degree to make my mom happy. I litigated asses for a few years, hated it, and got swept up in the mass layoffs of 2009. Shortly thereafter, my mom got terminally ill and I concentrated on seeing her through her last days in dignity. Facing the brevity of life, I couldn’t go back to my soul-suck of career as a paper-pushing attorney.
So a little over a year ago against everyone’s expectations, I chose to pursue what is essentially a mythical career: a full-time yoga teacher. I know you are rolling your eyes. Everyone is a yoga instructor. I get it. Judge away. You think I don’t get my share of jaw drops when I tell people I’m a licensed attorney teaching yoga full time? Girl, please. I’m not going to bore you with my credentials because I have nothing to prove, but let’s just say I have quite a bit more training than some eight week program at a local studio. This decision was not made on a whim, I’ve been practicing and teaching for several years.
I bargained with myself that I would give it a year; work hard, take every opportunity to teach, and ride out the financial valleys and peaks of this unpredictable career. Not everyday was a success story. I taught long stretches without a day off, on holidays, and subbed constantly. Soon my income began to reflect my commitment level. I’m doing exactly what I want to do and I couldn’t be happier. I was a good attorney, but I’m an exceptional teacher. I only feel comfortable saying that because I’ve worked hard to make it true (to the tune of 576+classes last year).
It isn’t too late to do what you want. Yeah, it may require sacrifice, compromise, and strategic planning. It will require you to bravely defy expectations, embrace humility, and realign priorities. When you do get your ass on the golden path towards your soul’s rightful journey, your fate will rise up to meet you as the wind presses you towards your destiny. Why spend your life slugging through the muddy path of resistance? Give it at least a year. Give it everything you’ve got. Even if you fail miserably, at least you’ll avoid the tragic regret of abandoned dreams. The more likely outcome is that you’ll succeed and never look back.