I have always felt I have a connection with animals. Since I was a little girl, it’s been like we communicate. Their body language, their eyes – I’ve really always known what they were thinking and what they were about to do. We had a calming effect on each other. They were calmed by my presence and I by theirs. One of the effects of growing up on a farm, perhaps. All I know is that animals have always been an integral part of my life.
When I moved to the city, I decided to abandon my dreams of working with animals and made overtures into working in people instead. For a while I felt that I had found my calling. I qualified as and have since worked as a psychologist, helping people work through their problems, but in recent times I have felt that I’ve lost myself in the troubles of others. I really need to go back to my roots and reconnect with myself.
As a part of that, I would like to fulfil my dream of working with animals, but I am not sure how to go about this. I have thought that, perhaps, I could work with a dog walking service in Melbourne. I know that many people struggle looking after their dogs, and maybe I could become involved in that. It would, if nothing else, give me a chance to gather my thoughts while I do something I’d undeniably enjoy. After all, how bad could being a dog walker in Melbourne be? It’s such a beautiful city, and it would give me an excuse to get out and just enjoy the sunshine while getting some exercise.
Despite all this, though, I’m really struggling with the idea of giving up on my career – even if I just take a hiatus. I worked quite hard to get to where I am now, and, naturally, I have misgivings about abandoning it all for my passion. What would you recommend?
There is no balm more soothing to the soul than filling it with love. Carry that love within yourself and you will accomplish your dreams. – Joanna