“Your profession is not what brings home your paycheck. Your profession is what you were put on earth to do with such passion and such intensity it becomes spiritual in calling.” – Vincent Van Gogh
I’ve spent some time meditating around this quote by the World renowned French Impressionism painter. It really speaks to me. I’ve also found that it provides me with a greater understanding of self. I turned 30 this past year. One of the best aspects about being older than twenty-something is that we no longer has to really answer to anyone other than ourselves. Self-Accountability. Of course we have a boss, a teacher, a parent, friends and other important people that hold us accountable but to ourselves is where we really are able to check-in with our own path in life.
We get to be who we are. That is the gift that age gives us.
I graduated from college in 2007 and have been on a journey of non-profit, corporate and small business job positions. Learning important lessons from each – both personally and professionally. But in a sense, those two concepts were always required to be separate..something that in most cases brought me to a wayward path. Finding pieces of myself in each but not truly being able to have myself present in each setting. I’m an entrepreneur. A dreamer. And someone who also very much like rules…my rules just had not been created or moreover refined yet.
Age 30 is a turning point. A time to tune into self. A time to work through the mud of the past to pull a clearing for the lotus.
One lotus revealed natural gifts of healing, gifts needing to be attuned. I decided to go back to school – spa school for the healing arts of massage therapy and bodywork. A career that requires me to attune my personal skills to provide healing and support as a professional.
When at orientation for this part of my education, I was confronted with the ideas of what was acceptable as personal and/or professional. For me, the two are not mutually exclusive. I learned that I may be an all or nothing kind of gal…and the great deal of positivity that can come from letting yourself combine your passion with profession.
We can be anything we want to be as a professional. And we will always be who we are if we listen to ourselves.
Photo by Howard Hu – Hong Kong