So here I am, 24 years old and I am a Pilates instructor. When I was younger and thought about where I would be in my life by this point, well…this is not where I thought that I would be. I thought I would be working at some corporate entity, making a lot of money, wearing heels and fashionable business attire.
Today, I wake up at five in the morning to teach my first class of the day. I wear workout clothes all over town. That is my work uniform, yoga pants, sports bra and a tank top. I plan out workouts, I do them with my clients, I know about their lives and I love it. Am I where I thought I would be at this age? Absolutely not! Was the picture I painted of my life at 24 when I was 10 realistic? Absolutely not!
Being a Pilates instructor is the right place for me at this time in my life. I have graduated from college, I worked the marketing industry and I found out that it was not for me. Now I am pursuing my second undergraduate degree, and I can do it while staying out of debt. I have people in my lives who have asked me when I am going to get a “real” job.
First, there is absolutely nothing wrong with being a Pilates instructor. I know many people that this is their chosen end game career path, and they are happy everyday making a difference in people’s lives. Second, I do have a real job. I have a real job that allows me to also be a full time student. I can wake up at the crack of dawn, teach a few classes and sessions before proceeding to do the student part of my day. Then I can return to the studio to teach the night time classes and bookend my day.
I am happy when I go to work. To quote Elle Woods “Exercise gives you endorphins. Endorphins make you happy. Happy people don’t shoot their husbands. They just don’t!” I know that people do not consider my job to be a “real” job. But I challenge you to look introspectively for just a minute. Do you feel fulfilled in your job? Do you go to work everyday with a smile on your face? Do you truly believe in and love what you do? If you answered yes to all of those questions, you are like me. If not, that is absolutely fine. We all make choices about what is important to us at certain points in our lives. At this point in my life I choose education, happiness and flexibility. What do you choose?