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#2999 - 08/29/02 10:03 PM Off to school
MrDon Offline
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Registered: 01/08/01
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Loc: Deltona, FL
Yesterday I found out that my fianacing went through for school so on Sep 16, I will be starting an 11 month night school for Massage Therapy. Yes, you heard me right. I am very excited, and so very scared at the same time. This is a very different route for me and one that is probably going to stretch me beyond what I can even imagine right now.

They asked me several quesitons today. One was what I felt the qualities about myself that would make me a good massage therapist. I said caring, persceptive and sensitive (all of which don't work well in the business world). Then they asked me what goals I had for massage and I told them that I wanted to help survivors of child abuse have someone that was safe and to help survivors become more aware of themselves and accepting of themselves through touch.

They talked about some of the classes we would go through and how it as well as the massage or touch may bring out buried emotions, memories,, etc. I am fine with that or at least I think I am because I do have a support system in place to help me should those things get a little too rough for me. I am sure it may get a little rough, but I think I can make it through all of this. A couple of the classes really have you go deep within yourself and the course is about personal growth as it is about learning massage.

The class size is under 20 so from what they keep saying, you become very close to your classmates, in fact closer than most people you have ever known. Part of that is just practicing the massage on each other. So this should prove to be interesting but I think it will be very good for me, just probably not going to be a walk in the park.

Not too long ago, I wouldn't have even considered this and if someone would have told me that I was going to be doing this, I probably would have called someone to do a checkup on you. It is very scary and in fact I still have a hard time thinking of myself as doing this.... but I know that I have many times been scared to do things and once I have followed through with them, I have gained so much of my life because of it. And as I told my therapist a week ago, fear may have made me tremble like hell and be afraid to go forward, but it never stopped me forever!

It will get fun to juggle my schedule and this school and the stress, but I am actually doing better on the stress and taking things much lighter than I have. One lady at work today commented that I looked like I was doing better so what I am doing is working. I do feel like I am a little more balanced then I was but wow, went through some pretty turbulent seas to get here.

Anyway, I just wanted to share this with everyone.

Don

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#3000 - 08/29/02 11:35 PM Re: Off to school
SoCalJohn Offline
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Registered: 05/18/01
Posts: 510
Loc: Los Angeles, California
Hey Don,,

good for you don,, that is awesome,, i hope it goes a lot easier on you than it sounds like your expecting,, i got a feeling your going to love it and do great.

you put a smile on my face today,, thanks!

hugs to ya,,

john

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#3001 - 08/30/02 12:40 PM Re: Off to school
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Registered: 04/17/02
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Good luck Don, it's a brave thing to do.

But being frightened in a "safe" way is a great release when we overcome it, as I'm sure you will.

Lloydy \:\)

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