Here is a list of random things I said YES to:
- Taking pictures for a caterer
- Yoga Teacher Training
- Helping with various events
- Creating and managing social media accounts for small businesses
- Running the website at the yoga studio
- Leading small programs for the yoga studio
- Leading big programs at the yoga studio
- Building a website for a dance studio
- Building a website for a school
- Taking pictures for small businesses
Through out my life I have clear memories of saying yes to things I had never done before or ever thought of doing. My earliest was at age 6, when I asked my mom if I could play violin. No one in my family played it, I had never seen one before so I begged for a full year before she let me commit. Most of the things I've said yes to as an adult, were not in line with society's BIG PICTURE: "graduate high school, go to college, get a degree, work in your field, die in your field."
- Some of the yes's required me to say no to other things: To work full-time as a barista, I needed to say no to teaching full-time.
- Some yes's were to make money: "yes I'll help you set up and photograph your event".
- Some yes's were scary as heck: "yes, I'll lead teacher training with you."
- Some yes's were me just deciding to do something new: "I want to quit 12 years of violin and start doing photography." (surprised my parents didn't lock me up for that too.)
When I categorize and organize my life, it looks like I've had a million different, unrelated jobs. Like I can't commit to one thing and stick it out until the end. Like I have no idea what I want to do or who I want to be. It looks messy.
- Classroom assistant
- Yearbook worker
- Newspaper writer
- Arcade employee
- Event coordinator
- Content creator/manager
- Studio manager
- Logo designer
- Web designer
- Yoga teacher
- Program facilitator
When I look at these pieces as parts of a whole I see something different. I see YES. I see connection, I see community, I see growth, I see how the girl who dreamed of working for a magazine or as an interior designer, who dreamed of spending her free time in Africa feeding and loving the poor, ended up majoring in Early Ed, becoming a barista and now works for her self and teaches yoga to serve her community. The opportunity to say yes has shaped my whole life. Yes, like Superman's cape or Batman's mask, comes with great responsibility. Yes means commitment, support, work, integrity, and responsibility. Yes requires me to do what I say and to be transparent in my actions. Yes sometimes means saying no.
When I look at my future, at the people in my life asking me to help them cultivate, create, and curate ideas I see opportunity. Like the clay/people analogy I wrote about here, each yes is an opportunity to shape my soul. Yes has the power to change my whole world. Yes is the key that unlocks and opens doors.