As many of you know, I took a break from social media for a while. I’m back on Twitter, but I’m trying to keep my Facebook use limited.
The main reason for this was to stop letting other people’s voices in so I could tune into my own true voice. I’ve posted before about not wanting the fame, fortune or prestige of a bestselling author – I just wanted to make enough to keep writing, publishing, and making art.
A few years ago, I’d enrolled to study counselling at Massey University. I didn’t follow through. Much earlier than that, around age 17, I’d decided that I would study psychology when I got older. And even earlier than that (at age 10 according to my mum) I wanted to become a monk.
(A part of me still wants to become a monk.)
I think what held me back most was feeling that I didn’t have enough life experience to become a counselor. I’ve changed my mind a little on this point!
Now, I am working on a plan to become a counselor and a teacher of meditation, specialising in working with children and teens. I think this will be a great way of taking the bits I like about teaching one step further. I’d also like to teach art again, and possibly creative writing.
As well as being things I thoroughly enjoy, find fulfilling, and contribute to my personal growth, these positions also have decent a job outlook. Plus, it’ll mean I can take pressure off my writing and painting. Win all round.
The only ‘downside’ is that I’ll have to go back to study. Which isn’t a big downside – it’ll just require some patience. I’m hoping to do a short course so I can start practicing while doing more substantial study.
I still have a bit of planning to do before I’m clear on things, but I’m very much looking forward to this new direction.