By kateguest, Jul 26 2017 04:34PM

I want to share where my immense passion for the work I now do comes from and how anyone of us can make significant changes in our lives and how change is not just for the young.

My father was an engineer. He was creative and excellent at his profession. My daughter completed her University Masters Degree in Dance Performance last year. Again, a highly creative individual, tenacious, determined, not afraid of hard graft and a great networker. She has one proud Mumma!

So what’s the connection here, what's the link? Their professions are and were their hobbies. My father was never happier than when tinkering, creating and producing in his workshop at the bottom of our garden. He was also a successful business owner. He had a Motor Garage, petrol station, caravan park and a few holiday pitches. He loved his work, it was his passion.

My daughter went to dance lessons from the age of four. She continued with dance as a hobby until she was eighteen. She was going to be an English teacher. After numerous Uni visits and many, many miles traveling the length and breadth of the country a friend suggested she become a dancer, so she did! More University visits later she landed in Falmouth, had a great three years and then continued at Chichester University. Dancing is her passion. Like my father, her hobby and passion became her profession.

Sandwiched in between is me. What did I do? I became a nurse. Why? Because I didn't really know what I wanted to do because I didn't have a hobby or a passion.

Somewhat pushed along into the medical world with many pleas for help to various careers advice personnel through from age eighteen to twenty-one I remained in an unloved career until I was fifty-four. I used to say how wonderful it must be to wake up in the morning and look forward to going to work, to love what you do. I was so envious of them both.

At the age of fifty, I discovered Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP), Hypnosis and many other fascinating subjects. They all started as a hobby.

So, why am I writing this now? What relevance does it have to my father and daughter? Finally, I am now working in my passion, in what was my hobby. Finally, I understand what it means to live and breathe what I love doing just like them. I’m passionate about helping people create positive change. I’m passionate about spreading the word that it is possible to change no matter what age or what background. Change your views, your hobbies, your career, your life! Anything is possible.

If you had asked me some years ago if I felt there was any chance that I would be doing anything other than retiring from nursing at whatever the retirement age was, I would have said no. I thought my life would only begin when I could leave it all behind, when I could decide what non-work things I wanted to pursue and then one day I found myself working in my hobby, helping people in a congruent and amazing way. I felt alive for the first time in a career sense. At last, I had joined the ranks of my father and daughter.

Motivational Change is possible for everyone no matter what age.

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