Finding Purpose & Inspiration
I believe that each of us has a unique purpose and a gift with which we can change the world in a positive way. The change doesn’t have to be grand; you can make an impact in the smallest of ways. Part of our journey in life is to discover what that purpose and path may be.
I went through much of my life with very specific goals. I became an engineer because it was one of the professions looked upon highly by a generation of Indians that had come to America to give their children more opportunities. I enjoyed math and science so it wasn’t a stretch for me, but it always left something to be desired. More than anything, I wanted to connect to people at a more personal level that helped them in a positive way. Though I had doubts, I kept on course going from undergrad to grad school, studying electrical engineering of all things. After several years of working and after having my daughter, Sophia, I was fortunate to have the opportunity for change and I began a yoga teacher training course. Yoga had already been an important part of my life for several years, and teaching had been something I was always interested in, so yoga teacher training was the logical next step for the engineer in me. I realized that if I was going to take time away from Sophia, it had to be for something more personally meaningful. And I have immense gratitude for having had the chance to do so.
I began teacher training only to realize that I wasn’t even sure that I could follow through and become a teacher. Teaching involved public speaking. At the time, public speaking was not my calling, rather it was a show stopper. 😉 If you knew me as an engineer, you would have known that I easily shied away from any opportunity to speak in front of groups of people. But ultimately, through great mentorship and support, teaching yoga has given me the means to connect to people in a way that inspires me. And speaking in front of groups of people is something that I have grown accustomed to and can actually say I now enjoy. Though it took me a while to allow myself to venture off the direction I was headed in, I believe that I have finally discovered the direction that was meant for me. Often we have to do what may not inspire us in order to really understand what will.
So remain open and curious in your journey. Know that you have something unique to offer to the world. The mystery is in discovering it, sometimes through the most unlikely of paths. Have the courage to follow your heart. Because once your spirit comes alive, the means to follow it will come more naturally.