When I was a kid in 6th grade I had a great teacher. The only male teacher in the building, as it turns out, and also the one I was able to relate to the most. I found myself, at various times, finished with my work and restless- so I would get up and wander over to his desk and hang out. I remember massaging his shoulders once and him telling me I should be a masseuse. (Yes, I know how that sounds. No, it wasn’t funky. It was a kid, showing affection to an adult she liked.) We both carried on with reading after that (and as a result of my restlessness, I think, I was asked to help the kids who had trouble reading- since it was clear to my teacher I was ahead of the curve there) but the comment stuck in my mind. At the end of the year he told me to “always be a free spirit”, a comment for which I will always be grateful. He showed me a kind of acceptance I hadn’t seen before that, and saw a glimmer of who I could be, I think.
After high school, I ‘took a year off’ before college. Which turned into the rest of my life so far, which is fine because if I had gone away to college I probably wouldn’t have met Bear. Unfathomable. So I’m happy with my long year off.
And now I can go back to school AND have Bear. Cake+Eat. Groovy.
I started in October, and sometime in May ’14 I’ll finish and be a Licensed Massage Therapist. More grooviness. Of course the very instant I let slip that this was my plan, everyone I spoke with wanted to know what I’ll do after. I have no fucking idea. Massage people, I hope. Make money at it. I want it to be framed in such a way that I can toss all my metaphysical doings into the pot, mix it up and have it come out in a fabulous way for people to relax and be healed. My biggest goal right now? I want to pass the next exam. I want to retain all that information. 18 months of studying human anatomy and physiology and massage theory and practical massage and I want to be a beast at remembering ALL OF IT. Office space will be taken care of when it’s time.
It’s trickier than one would expect to get people to practice on. Mostly because they don’t want to intrude. I have to explain it’s for a grade- no practice= no grade. No grade= no pass. Usually this helps. There are also people who, I guess, expect me to pursue them. Um. I *did* mention that you should call me and we’ll set up a time/day, right? Yeeeaah. Ok. So that bit has been kind of frustrating. The people who do call me all seem very happy with my work so far (yay) and keep coming back. Which I’m taking to be a good sign.
I feel like this is something I can be really good at. In conjunction with my other methods of healing, I feel like I could really help people heal with it. Of course the trick is getting word out to the right people. I live in an area where intuitive healing is not generally considered “normal”, so shop locale could be something to work through as well. It’ll come.
In the meantime I’ve a fabulous group of classmates and a couple marvelous teachers, and we’re all working together to learn all this really amazing stuff. It’s like a little unexepected extended family. Some of us connect more than others, but we are all supporting and helping each other. It’s been like a light in the dark. Difficult as it can be, I totally look forward to classes because of that. Isn’t that something?
We should all be so lucky.