Growing up in the early eighties, in a small country town in northern New South Wales, I would see this sign in shop windows quite often. It meant they were closed for the day. Whether that sign meant they were actually fishing or just having a personal day, know one knew. But it meant the store was closed, come back tomorrow. I understand the inconvenience of a store being closed, is not fabulous for business, but in this crazy, full on world we live in, I believe that being able to close up and just unplug, have a personal day or just go fishing, is important and I completely understand.
My generation, of latch key kids, were taught by their parents (that worked tirelessly) to: Fend for themselves, be responsible, money comes first and to be successful, is a lot of hard work and long hours. For the first 30 years of my life, that is exactly what I did! In everything I did, not just work. Everything was Work! In one way or another, we are told what to do and are never asked what we would like to do for a career. At eighteen years of age, when you have to make the tough decisions, do you really know what you want to do, with the rest of your life – No, not really!
Now to be completely honest, I would never been able to make this career choice at eighteen. I was never really maternal (as career meant everything) and it was only when I was told, I couldn’t have children that I really wanted them. My Husband always wanted kids and it was his perseverance that took us to IVF. We were very lucky, to be blessed twice with our boys! So a huge thank you, to my wonderful husband (and Dr Gary Swift and team), for making me do, the hardest but most rewarding thing I have ever done.
I have been doing a lot of “what do I want” soul searching over the past year. I have finally found what I have really wanted to do. I love working with kids and helping them in a fun way, learn how to cope with fear, when they find themselves in that state. I also love helping parents with the toughest but most rewarding job they will ever have, Parenting! Finding your actual groove in life, makes things simple and uncomplicated. If you are not in your groove things seam tough, there are pitfalls around every corner and it’s not for filling. Something that you are meant to do, will find you, eventually, if you take the time to soul search, look for the opportunities and feel the flow.
Every Thursday, for my sake, I take time out and actually Go Fishing with my boys! So who’s up for some Fishing?