Dear One Tough Muther,

I am in my early 40’s and have lost a really good office job for a fortune 500 company and have been literately devastated since it happened. Now I have decided to take a course to become an EMT at a local college. I have told only a few, and these close to me that know of this seem to think that I am out my of socket.

I get comments like: your are going from you a ‘Louie’ to steel toe boots! or Its not easy, it’s not an office job. I get that there is lots of demands the studying alone is a lot. But, if I fail at least I’ve tried. I am trying to get back on my feet again and try something different. I am getting a second opportunity. Why is it that one else but me can see a polished strap hanger concrete jungle NYC native can also be a first responder??!!?!?!?!?

Thank you,
Pathseeker

Dear Pathseeker,

I’m sorry about the loss of your office job but excited that you are in the mindset to start over trying something new. I believe we all have the capacity to learn something new and grow, up until the moment we take our last breath.
I know it would be nice to have your close friends support your decision however it really doesn’t matter if they believe in you or not. Pathseeker, you hold all the cards, you and you alone are in control of your destiny. Whether you think you can or you think you can’t, you will be right.
I love this quote by Muhammad Ali “He who is not courageous enough to take risks, will accomplish nothing in life.”
If it is your passion to become an EMT, nothing anyone can say should change that.
Pathseeker, you must deeply believe in yourself, your passion and your ability to grow even when no one else believes in you.
Muther says, stand strong in the face of doubt and remember that your opinion of your ability, is the only one that should truly matter.

Best of luck,

One Tough Muther

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