I was in Montreal on New Years Day is 2012. Some friends and I had gone there for something different and as I do I make a speech and set my goals for the following year. 2012 was going to be the year I got over my fears and taught my first class in bodywork. Many years before that I had been offered a teaching position at CNW and at 19 years old I felt that I had absolutely nothing to offer of value. I was just trying to figure everything out.
By August of that year I had put together my first class and I was a nervous wreck before hand. Everybody was going to know I’m I don’t really know what I’m doing. I’m just like everybody else, and I have nothing of value to share. I got up there and I figured if I don’t have anything to say, I’ll tell a few jokes, do a song and dance and just make the time with students fun and interesting.
Turns out, I have a ton to share. After years of doing the work, I’d earned a little wisdom, and could at least share the shortcuts I’d figured out. I found the nervous excitement stimulating, and far from not having enough to talk about, I literally couldn’t not jabbering the entire time.
Fast forward a few years, and I’m teaching one class a month and I just love it. It’s still a challenge to teach new ones, and as any teacher knows its a ton of work to prepare for a class. I’m experiencing not only the rewards of seeing students grow their skill set, but I feel like I’m learning this work in a way I never understood before. The questions students pose shine light on cobwebbed little places that I didn’t know weren’t clear, and the language of teaching translates directly into my session work.
If you find that you need a challenge somewhere in life, I highly suggest teaching something you know. It’s fun, rewarding and a great learning experience.
My next class is September 30th at 9am. Click HERE for details