Early Career, Mentoring, Personal, Professional

Two Steps Forward

Ever heard the saying “two steps forward, one step back”? When you Google the saying you actually get an article about how growth isn’t linear. “For every peak, there is a valley,” the article read. For every valley though, we learn to appreciate the peaks more.

Today was a peak of a day for me. I was accepted into my Master of Education program at Queen’s University. It’s been a goal for me for many years now. A goal I didn’t know if I was going to pursue in the near future, but recently I found myself inspired to try.

I’ve had a few of those two steps forward, one step back moments in recent years and this acceptance makes me feel like I’m running quite a few steps forward right now.

“For every peak, there is a valley.”

Working at an educational institution, the act of learning is absolutely contagious.  The convocations, classes, clubs, conferences, brown bag luncheons and guest speakers – I attend many of them. I love soaking up the information and am often inspired by the energy of the students. In turn, it makes me want to continue to learn and grow too; which is one of the reasons why I took my commerce course this semester.

Now, I want to yell it from the mountain tops how excited I am to start this next adventure. Trust me, my commerce course has also been an adventure of its own (as I discussed in a previous blog), but today I was accepted into a step towards my future. My goal of sharing my passion and experiences to inspire the next generation.

So where did my hesitation come from? Surprisingly not from my odd “step back.” Instead, my hesitation in applying came from the fear of not being ready. I didn’t feel like I had enough experience, or that I was too young to pursue a Master of Education. I questioned when the time was going to be “right”… until all of a sudden, the opportunity just felt right. I took a leap.

As Hugh Laurie says:

“It’s a terrible thing, I think, in life to wait until you’re ready. I have this feeling now that actually no one is ever ready to do anything. There is almost no such thing as ready. There is only now. And you may as well do it now. Generally speaking, now is as good a time as any.”

Now is as good a time as any and I am more than excited for it. I’ll always be too young for something. I’ll always feel too inexperienced at times. There will always be that little voice in the back of my head questioning my decisions – but for today… I just want to celebrate these two steps forward. 🙂

Please note the “silver lining exes series” continues this week. Week three of five will be posted on Friday morning. Hope you enjoy my mindfulness, motivation, and ridiculous relationships all in one place. 

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