Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Living a Dream

How would you describe living your dream? Are you doing what you love to do? For some this might mean being a famous movie star, a millionaire, or a pro athelte. For others it might mean owning a tiny cafe, being a stay-at-home mom, or working with disabled children. For me, it's being a psychotherapist.

I am now 5 weeks into my practicums for school. Already I feel like I have learned so much. And, fortunately, I am still absolutely certain that this is what I want to do with my life. Even without receiving pay, it feels like a privilege to me to be able to counsel people.

At the fertility clinic I am still co-counselling with S.D., but at the general therapy clinic, I already have my own clients who I see solo. Oh my!

Although I have heard people describe unimaginable losses, and horrific experiences with illness, sexual, physical, and emotional abuse, and watched both men and women break down sobbing, overall I have found my experiences so far encouraging and inspiring. It amazes me how resilient people can be and their infinite capacity for love and forgiveness.

Of course, after two years of living on just Adam's single income, we cannot go on like this forever. So come the fall when my practicums are completed and I get my degree, I must turn this into a financially viable career as well as as fulfilling one. But what I have learned is that, at least for me, money is not what is important for my happiness. Yes, I need to be able to live comfortably, but I would not go back to my former career, even for a million dollars.

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