“How long will it take?” This is a question I hear all of the time. We fill it in with any number of activities:

How long will it take for me to lose 10 pounds?

How long will it take until I can get into handstand?

How long will it take for me to lower my cholesterol?

There are very few things in our lives that are completely permanent, including our health. We just have to be willing to put in the work to achieve the results we want. I take comfort in the idea that nothing comes without a price, even if it is just our time. If everything were handed to us on a silver platter, there would be no fun in the achievements.  Life is a process, with goals and successes sprinkled throughout. Sometimes we don’t achieve our goal, but instead of seeing it as only a failure, I challenge you to see it as an opportunity to revaluate and rework your direction. Its like you’re in a maze – when you come to a dead end, you can’t just roll over and lay there because it will eventually get dark, and you probably will get hungry.  You have to turn around, choose a different path, and find another way to finish the maze. It may not be the path you originally had in mind, but it’s a new one, and who knows – maybe a more exciting one!

I always thought my path was to go to Physical Therapy school. I was dead set on it for 4 years (which is a long time for me, as I change my mind constantly). Even though I was focused on PT school, it seemed that the universe had a different idea for me. The first time I applied, my community college transcripts were lost in the mail and my application ended up being late. The second time I applied, I was rejected. Its not that I am not well versed in anatomy or physical therapy, as I had experience in both fields, as well as a few other human movement/therapies, but my GPA was not high enough. When over 1,100 people apply for 30 spaces, there has to be some general cut the first round.

The second rejection was much easier to swallow than the first. It was obvious that PT school was not going to be in my future, at least not now, and it was best to figure out what else to do. So here I stand today, a fitness professional – teaching yoga with a focus on anatomy, movement and function, to help my clients improve whatever activity they want to do.

So how long will it take for me to figure out what I want to be when I grow up? I have no idea, but I’m having an amazing time each and every day as I do what I love to do.