For years I had a mental block around the idea of teaching. I shied away from putting myself in the spotlight, often with the attitude that “no one would really want to learn anything from me anyways.” Even though, during all the professional positions I’ve held through the years – from avalanche instructor to physical therapist to bike coach – I have been in a teaching role and excelled at it. When an employer or organization required it, I stepped up to the plate. And teaching has always been my favorite part of any position I’ve held.
But on my own, without the validation of a role given to me by someone else, I wasn’t putting myself out there. I was afraid to own that role for myself. And what happened was I felt frustrated and stifled.
Finally, about a year ago, I realized that I was not doing anything good for the world by staying silent. I have a lot of knowledge in my brain and in my body from countless hours of both education and life experience, from throwing myself into the deep end and sometimes learning to swim, sometimes flailing and needing to grab a life raft. I would be doing the world and myself a disservice by not sharing my experiences and my knowledge with people in a way that is relatable, empowering, and inspiring – in the hope that something somewhere in my brain might help out another person on their journey.
So I started finding creative ways to teach outside my traditional means. I started putting my writing out to bigger audiences. I started sharing my experiences and my education in a genuine attempt to just get more knowledge out into the world. And most importantly – I finally started setting a good example.
In the spirit of putting my money where my mouth is, I am launching a new business website and Facebook page today, after a year of intense exploration and one week shy of my 34th birthday. Vital Motion is a product of my ten years of experience and expertise as a physical therapist, a performance coach, and a professional athlete. It is a home base for my coaching services, but more importantly, it is a place where I can freely share my voice with the world in a way that is helpful, useful, and interactive. I’ve been through a lot and I’ve learned a lot, and I am an open book. I want to know how I can best use my voice to serve my community and my world.
This website, my athlete page, will be evolving as well. :)
We ALL have something valuable to share. Every single person on this planet has had a unique life experience, and at the same time, we are all enough alike that anything we share can be useful to those around us. We all have a unique voice. It’s time we own it, and start using it as a tool for good in this world. It’s never too early, or too late. In fact, now is right on time.