For a while I have been brewing an idea in my head. First some context.
There is a concept that I figured out about a year and a half ago while on a road trip with one of my best friends. We were driving through south Utah on a winding road, looking down on a valley with cliffs to our right and Zion somewhere off to our left. For those who haven’t been to Utah, I highly recommend it: it’s nuts. Anyway, he and I were talking about our respective battles with depression and how so many people today deal with depression and anxiety. It struck me all of a sudden that people can either be above zero or below zero. This was as far as I got on this realization for a while.
Last summer and fall I studied abroad in New Zealand and for those who don’t know, I struggled with some of my most intense depression while there. If you want to read more about it, check out this post: A Short Biography. Basically, I was deeply questioning who I was and dealing with social anxiety unlike anything I had preciously faced. I was certainly in the negative, way below zero. About half way through my time there I conquered my depression by listening to what it was telling me. I needed to figure out who I was and how to have faith in myself. I needed to love myself. As I figured this out and returned home to my family I felt better than I ever had. I was jumping up and down daily with vast reserves of energy. I had never felt so alive and so excited. At this point I was positive, definitely above zero.
It was then that it all clicked. I realized that people should always be trying to go from negative towards zero or from zero, up. People consistently get knocked down and resilience is the quality that leads people to strive upwards regardless of how many times they have been knocked down. In this way, life is like a rollercoaster. There are lows that come unexpectedly, knocking us down the scale and there are ups that we work hard at. Sometimes there are even lucky breaks, although as the philosopher Seneca said, “luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity.” In other words, it is always in our control to work our way upwards, whether it be recovering (negative to zero) or growing (zero up).
Now that I have given some context, I will unveil my idea. I want to start a coaching-esque business to help people recover and grow. Wow, feels good to get that out there. I have always loved talking to people about their dreams, their passions, and who they are. I also love hearing about their challenges, problems, and emotional journeys. I am naturally talented at knowing what someone is feeling and how they can conquer their problems or continue their journeys upwards (I don’t mean to brag or be arrogant, but people have told me this over and over and I believe them). It is something I love to do, honestly. The idea that I could get paid to talk to people about their lives, listen to their ideas, challenges, and dreams, and then give them advice is mind-boggling.
Starting today I will be reaching out to coaches and therapists whose writing I have read. I will begin my journey to create an income stream doing something that I love to do that will support others, myself, and my passions. If you have any advice, let me know. If you or someone you know wants time to talk with me, let me know. I would love to get some practice in!
Email me here: firstname.lastname@example.org
Okay, sweet, let me know what you think.