Have Faith...Then, LEAP!
This year in honor of my 40th birthday I decided to take the greatest leap of faith EVER in pursuit of my dreams. Fueled by a passion for food and creating beautiful experiences, I entered the Culinary Arts program at Le Cordon Bleu College. I know, crazy right? My friends and family are still staring with jaws dropped. But hey, life is not meant to be lived on the sidelines, so it was time for me to suit up, show up and give it the very best that I’ve got. I have nothing to lose and have not regretted my decision.
Culinary school is HARD. Learning to master French cooking techniques is not for the faint-hearted. Each day I wake up excited, butterflies fluttering in my stomach. There’s even that thought “I can’t do this, ” but I put my uniform on, grab my tools and show up. On the first day of class I cut my finger putting a knife in a knife guard. Okay, so I screw up. My instructors are patient, correct me and keep it moving. This is by far the most exciting time of my life and I am truly looking forward to my brand new career.
As a parent of a child with special needs, I realized that although I am doing an exceptional job, there was so much more to my life and "I" was using my daughter's condition as a distraction or a crutch(if you will) to avoid living my own life. When the big 4-0 hit I thought you know what? It's now or never. No more being afraid, I'm going to just dive in and sink or swim. If I fail...well at least I tried. The funny thing is, I worried incessantly that my daughter would somehow suffer because her schedule would change and our quantity of time together would change. But she hasn't missed a beat and is still the same happy kid she always has been. Our quality time is still that...quality and I'm living my dreams.
If you have a dream or a passion that you would like to pursue DO IT. We only have one life, one opportunity to live it to the fullest. It's okay to be afraid. Fear is just a marker to indicate that you're headed in the right direction. Family and friends will support you, no matter how crazy they think you are. So, take a deep breath and LEAP! You won't regret it.