"I taught at the community college for 14 years. The last few years I felt in my spirit that I was ready to do something else. I didn't know exactly what I was to do, but I felt I needed a change. I recently resigned to start my own business and teach more fitness classes. It was scary to leave that job. I had a lot of security there and my identity was somewhat tied to that job. I realized that we're not what we do, we are who we are. The first couple months were odd. It's been a big change, but it's worth the risk. I didn't want to stay in my old job and years later wonder 'what if I had taken a chance and done this?' Even if I'd failed, I felt it was worth the risk.
"In my life, I've struggled with realizing I have the ability to change my perspective. Now I have some awareness that my perspective is my reality. When I can tune into the bigger picture, I can have a shift in my perspective and it changes everything. It's not the external things I have to change, it's within me. Even if I can't change it, pain promotes growth sometimes, even though it's hard to realize that at the time. Awareness is the first step."
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