What do you want to be when you grow up?

What do you want to be when you grow up?

I don’t think I ever had a solid answer on this question but overtime I have shaped an opinion. It’s not who I want to be, but what I want to do. I want to make the world a better place in some way, big or small. I want to make people happy – or at least happier. I want to leave a memory in their minds that they can look back on with a smile.

I think that’s why I was drawn to the restaurant industry. After college and tours of office buildings, I was sick and tired of looking at a computer screen. A restaurant just seemed so much more real.

A real transaction of real goods in real time and space. It wasn’t computerized or “in the cloud” or over the phone. It was in the present. Also, the payback came immediately – not just as a gratuity – but as physical smiles I could see with my own eyes. From the sound of laughter. From the words “Thanks, you made our night”. I guess I just like to know I exist and that I make an impact — don’t we all?

The last 5 years in the service industry have been a learning experience. A wonderful, sometimes messy, often stressful time. But, nonetheless, a time I look back at with a smile. One that has also turned me into a total food/cocktail snob, but I digress…

This week I decided to take a little break from the food & beverage industry. The industry that has consumed my life for so long. It’s now time to try something new.

Yoga Teaching.

No longer as a side job but as my main job. My career, dare I say?!

It’s real. It’s present. I get feedback right away. Are my students happy? Do I see a smile on their face even though they’re profusely sweating?  Do they feel better after class than before? By golly, it’s a whole lot like the food & beverage industry after all! It seems I’ve found a theme in what I love.

Even though it’s a new industry the concept is similar. In many ways the job is the same. Make people happy. Influence their life in a positive, memorable way. Treat them well and hope they treat you well in return.

I am so happy and excited for this journey towards full-time teaching. I have some fears and concerns, no doubt, but I’m ready to face them head on. Maybe I will change my mind and do something else someday but one thing I can say for certain is that I will never regret giving it a try.

Here’s to life. Here’s to following your passions. Here’s to hard work and dedication. Here’s to making dreams come true. Even if only for a little while.

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