When you were little were you told by your family that you could be whatever you wanted to be?
If you are fortunate enough to have love and support as you grow you are told to “follow your passion” and “you can be anything you want to be”. When my son was 5 years old he was going to be a footballer during the day and a Jedi Rockstar at night, and of course we told him that if that is what he wants to do be then that is what he will be.
As we reach high school though something changes. The world all becomes a bit more real. Suddenly our parents and teachers stop telling us that we can be a “fairy mermaid unicorn”. They start telling us that we have to be more realistic and that that will never pay the bills.
Did you follow your passion?
I can’t help but wonder how many professional footballers, singers, ballerinas, tennis champions, actors, astronauts… were told that they weren’t good enough or that it was ok as a hobby but they would never make a living doing it. Were you ever told something similar?
So, what is it that makes some people succeed and others give up on their dreams?
Well, I’m not even going to pretend that I know the answer to that but what I do know is that it is about passion. Yesterday I was talking to a Mum. Her son is at high school and he desperately wants to be a primary school teacher when he’s older. I was immediately fascinated and continued to ask her about his ambition. She told me that he had always wanted to be a teacher and now he had it all worked out; he wanted to teach Y4 and be curriculum leader for PE and then in 10 years become a Head. She was worried that he wasn’t as academic as his brother and may not get the results he needs to go to University. She said, “it’s ok though because if that’s the case he is going to be a teaching assistant for a few years and access teaching through that route”.
How can this young man fail?
He knows more about what he wants from life than most adults. He has a plan. He has a back up plan, and although I’ve never met him, I know that he will one day be an amazing primary school teacher because he is passionate about it.
Did you follow your passion?
What did I want to be when I was younger?
Well, when I was very young I wanted to be a teacher, mainly because I wanted to give out sticky stars and make star charts. Then I realised there was more to it than that and I wanted to be a physiotherapist, but then I found out I needed to be really good at biology for that. So I decided to work in theatre. I did lots of AmDram, local productions, even sang at the Palladium but all the time I knew that I wanted to work in schools. I did my degree and I loved teaching.
The funny thing about teaching is no one ever questions why you want to go into it (unless they are a teacher!). There is an assumption that you will always be able to pay the bills and you will never be out of work. Not always the case these days, unfortunately, on either front. But it was the passion for the children that drew me in. As I’m sure it did most people reading this. Their faces when they learned something they had believed impossible. Watching as they learn to read or tie their shoe laces. It is the most magical job in the world.
Then I had my daughter and ill health and life choices meant I decided not to return to full time teaching. By this time I had found a new passion; Wellbeing, mindfulness, relaxation, holistic health.
Call it what you will, I love helping people feel happy and at ease in the world.
What could be more perfect then, than the work I am doing now. A career that combines working in schools, watching children learn and wellbeing.
Yesterday I launched my new mindfulness resources and lesson plans. I have had the biggest smile on my face all day because you have made my dreams come true. By buying them and by letting me know how much you love them. I live for going into schools and teaching. But there are so many schools. Some are so far away, that I cannot possibly get to all the children, and teachers, who need help. By creating my lesson plans and releasing them into the world it doesn’t matter where you are I can still help.
The last 24hrs have been a dream come true. I woke up to more lesson plan sales. I have sold lessons to teachers literally all over the world. I cannot tell you how happy it makes me to be able to do work that I am passionate about. It makes my heart sing in ways I never dreamed possible.
Thank you. Thank you from the bottom of my heart, for the love and support you give me in my work. For helping me spread this important message about good mental health. For appreciating how important it is for learning and living a successful life.
If you would like to take a look at my new lesson plans and resources they can be found in the shop. Thank you so much x