She Found Her Path

I’ve quit a lot of things in my life. Girl scouts. Ballet. Some bad relationships and even some good ones. Most were good ideas, some weren’t. Like that time I quit my stable, good paying job in the middle of a recession with no prospects (DON’T DO THAT. THAT WAS STUPID.) I don’t regret any of these decisions because they (oh no here it comes she’s gonna say it) made me who I am today (EW. DELETE.)

There’s one decision to quit that I hold above all others in Good Life Choices. 

A year ago, I left a stable, good paying job. I did well at this job.  I was recognized for my work. The benefits were wonderful. The commute was no big deal. The environment was good until, near the end, it wasn’t (but that’s a whole drama filled episode I don’t want to think or write about any more because my HULK RAGE will come back and I’m currently enjoying an iced tea on a beautiful day and it would truly harsh my mellow). Thing is, I hated it. Everything about it. And thinking about going in to the same or similar job every day until retirement left me panicking.

I’m not one of those millennials who couldn’t DREAM of ever working for the man. I had daydreams in high school about having my own cubicle. I’m not kidding. I looked forward to that. Had I the passion for the work I was doing, I would have been glad to stay in the 9 to 5 life. I like routine, i like the occasional free lunches and coffee. But the desire wasn’t there and it was bringing me way down. Finally I figured that just because I was good at something, just because I was lucky enough to have a job at all, just because it was the conventional thing to do, didn’t mean I had to do it. 

Along the mid-20s-what-should-I-do-with-my-life path I went to massage school. My plan was to finish the grueling year of school while working full time and then hightail it out of there. Except I graduated and got scared. While still working full time, I got a few part time massage jobs and didn’t love it. I thought it was the massage, but it was really the ridiculous time commitment I was putting myself under. I stopped all together until last spring. 

I don’t remember coming to the decision to quit and make my life as a full time Massage Therapist. There was no epiphany. Just the realization that I needed a big time change. I’m impatient and quick to move at these sort of things. Once I’ve made up my mind about something, it has to happen NOW. I’ve always been a “leap and the net will appear” kind of person. In true Molly fashion, I completely rerouted my career in two weeks. Like a boss. 

Now a year of this new life has gone by. 

Because I’m completely stuck on what to say next about how I feel about this, I give you my List Of Why You Should Become A Massage Therapist

1. Have you ever been unhappy to see a Massage Therapist? No. Inherently, everybody loves you. This is wonderful for the ego. 

2. Are you at work right now? (I know there’s some of you reading blogs at work, it’s ok, I won’t tell) Close your eyes. Feels good, right? Not very productive though, huh? I close my eyes through most of my work and it makes me better. Boom.

3. Brush off that Hogwarts diploma because people are gonna think you’re a wizard. I have on multiple occasions been told that I have “magic hands” in a completely work appropriate way. I say thank you then disappear in a puff of smoke because I like to keep things low key.

4. Do you know what people will do for a massage? I have basically the best bargaining chip on the planet. 

5. Sure, you’ll probably have to work some nights and weekends but grocery shopping at 11am on a Tuesday is kind of the best thing ever. I walked into a Whole Foods on a Sunday for the first time in months and nearly hyperventilated.

6. Your first year on the job will not look like your last. There is so much variation in the field of massage and bodywork in general and so many directions to go in. Aside from the whole "helping people" aspect, this is my favorite thing about the job. There's so much room for growth and creativity.

It’s been quite a year and it’s only the beginning of this weird career of touching people. If there’s anything that my history of quitting stuff has taught me it’s to always be evolving. You may feel stuck, and you may feel like nothing will ever change, but with some time, creativity, and a healthy disregard for consequences, you can get out of whatever rut you find yourself in. 

Molly Kerrigan