Recently I have decided on a date to fully make the transition from technical support to full-time massage therapist. The timing, finances and opportunity finally lined up. It is time. Obviously this is something that I have been working for, this has been my end goal for going on four years now, but that does not mean there will not be new challenges.
One of those more immediate challenges has been dealing with the less than confident responses from others when they find out what I am doing. I know a lot of them have my best interest in mind and simply don’t want to see me get hurt or put myself in an impossible situation, but some of the comments although not particularly offensive, they also don’t give me the impression these people necessary have my back. A few examples:
Does that pay, OK?
I hope it works out.
You’re just going to throw away your IT career?
You can ALWAYS go back to your old job.
I mean they didn’t come right out and call me a moron for making the switch, but that last comment is the one that really got my attention. It ignited and still ignites a spark inside me.
Going back to the IT world is NOT an option. I absolutely refuse to work in an industry that I do not enjoy. It had it’s place and was good to me but that does not mean I need to be married to it for the rest of my life. I found something I enjoy, saw other people making a good living with it and decided to grab a hold of it with both hands and not look back.
Looking at the tech job from a business decision perspective it merely helped fuel my true passion and assisted me in financing my dream. I learned to eventually accept that and not feel guilty about it. Working massage and personal training part-time gave me a taste of what living my dream could be and at this point I refuse to give that up.
I do not believe that is being selfish I believe that is being true to myself. Why would I want to go through life thinking what could have been? My wife is behind me as well as countless others. I will not let a few comments keep me from taking a calculated chance. I would not say I never have any doubting moments about this change, but that’s just part of the stretching and growing process. Those moments would eventually pass and I refocused and a breakthrough would usually follow.
If you are going through a similar transition and run into people like this who are trying to keep you safe, take a couple things from my experience:
Most of them don’t mean any harm they just do not want to see you hurt.
Keep moving forward. Take their comments with a grain of salt and move forward. Keep moving forward no matter what.
If you find yourself being thrown off-track by the negative commentary, focus on your purpose. Why do you want this? Write it out, say it out loud. It is remarkable how calming this little exercise can be.
My dream happened and is continuing to happen. I hope you read this and make the option to pursue your own dreams.