So, as you would have gathered by now, I’m studying to be a personal trainer. And the moment I decided to share this with the world, suddenly I was bombarded with peoples unwanted opinions.
I’ve heard that industry is only good for about two years and then you burn out… It’s hard to make money… It’s the new fad at the moment, it seems like everyone is doing it…The market is massive, unless you are really good, you won’t stand out… You have to be instafamous and have a large following base to be successful… Well that was a waste of a degree… That’s a bold career move… Why did you go to university then?… Don’t you have to be really fit to be good at it…
Let’s hold up there for a moment. I’m sorry but when in this scenario did I ask for your opinion on MY career choice? (is what I would love to say to these people)
But instead, I sit there, smile and nod at them because I don’t want to hurt their feelings or make them feel bad (ohhh the irony).
What I would love to know is when did society become so cynical that someone who is working their butt off and trying their hardest to achieve their dream career become so unheard of? And when did this become an appropriate time to bring them down? Maybe I’m just out of touch with reality, but I don’t want to spend the rest of my life counting down the days until the weekend. Or dreading Mondays. I want to love the job I have so that I don’t have to ever ‘work’ another day in my life.
Don’t get me wrong, there are so many people out there who are happy for me, and I love you all for it. And maybe others are just trying to look out for me… in their own unique way… But let me just take this moment to share something with the people that may not quite understand.
The thing is, that fitness has absolutely changed my life and in more ways than one. This is what I am most passionate about, and when a passion is so strong, why wouldn’t you do everything you can to make it your career too?
My entire day is spent thinking about health and fitness. I get angry when I see the alarming statistics or the increasing trends in obesity. I spent a full day learning about nutrition at HPC this week, and I walked away feeling astounded with the body, BUT also incredibly frustrated.
Frustrated that the knowledge I learnt isn’t taught in schools. Frustrated that the government and huge brands are misleading the public with incorrect labelling and out of date guidelines to sell bulk products. Products which are not improving our health in the slightest.
I get angry when I think about the billions of dollars spent in treating diseases when we could be PREVENTING diseases with our food choices. I take notice that on virtually every exit between the Gold Coast and Brisbane, there is a Golden Arches waiting to sell families a box of obesity, high cholesterol and heart disease.
I feel distraught when I see a strangers shopping trolley full of unhealthy processed foods. And I can’t help but think if only you knew. If only you knew what these foods are doing to your body. If only you knew that you are setting yourself up and your children for a shorter lifespan.
This is the society we live in, and it saddens me to think that with all of the technology advances in the world; this is our fate.
And then to hear people question my choices on pursuing a career in the fitness industry, I am left in disbelief. And maybe some people are right in what they are saying, but the difference between someone ‘doing it for the money’ or because it’s the latest trend, compared to someone who is incredibly passionate about this industry is that none of it matters.
Maybe I won’t make a career out of it, maybe I will only get one client, and maybe I will have to work two other jobs to support myself so that I can coach this ONE client.
But, if I can help just that ONE client to make positive changes towards a healthier lifestyle. If I can help that ONE client to reach their goals. If I can make a difference to that ONE client, then for me, that is enough. And it will all be worth it. Because at the end of the day, I know that I will have done everything in my power to make my dream career a reality.
If you haven’t watched Jamie Olivers TED talk ‘Teach Every Child About Food’, then I highly recommend you click here for further information on obesity and the amount of sugar we actually consume in a day (it’s quite alarming). Let me know in the comments what you think!
Jessie Michelle x