I love serendipitous events.
On Wednesday I wrote about self-introspection and how I was feeling the need to examine my life. That evening I started reading The Tools, in part because it’s due back at the library in a few days and I figured it would be something that I just skim and don’t actually read. (It probably sounds ridiculous, but a) it was recommended and b) people should expect this type of reading from me by now). When I came across this quote, I almost pulled a 180:
“A sense of purpose doesn’t come from thinking about it. It comes from taking action that moves you toward the future.”
Lately I’ve been giving a lot of thought to if/when/where/how to get back into public health. Do I want a job with program evaluation? Policy research? Would I rather implement and run programs so I have interaction with people and can inspire change? All this thinking is exhausting. And what’s worse is it doesn’t get me any closer to actually knowing what it is that I want to do.
Instead of thinking about it, I decided to act.
That evening I emailed my old boss at the health department to ask if there were any volunteer opportunities that I could help with to get back into public health. She emailed me back first thing the next morning and gave me three ideas. One option will give me the chance to implement and help run a public health program, so instead of thinking about it I’ll actually be able to experience it and see how it goes. Why have I not thought of this before?
What makes this even better is on Wednesday night I went to zumba. I’ve been going to the same class for almost two years now because I love the instructor. She’s always taught on Tuesday and Wednesday, and since it’s only twice a week, I always try to make it a point to go when I’m in town. Wednesday evening she said because of scheduling issues, this fall she’s going to be teaching on Wednesdays and Thursdays instead.
The crazy part? The two health department opportunities I’m interested in take place on Tuesday nights. Those evenings are now zumba-free, leaving no conflict. How awesome is that? I love when things line up that well in live. It doesn’t happen often, so I’ve got a feeling this is a good sign.