Failing Forward in Search of Clarity. Again.

As a young man, my military career crashed upon the rocks and shoals of reality and I found myself aimless. I couldn’t be the thing that I had for years dreamt of being.

It was time to chart a new path, but I had no idea where to go. In high school, I was good in biology and chemistry, but didn’t really enjoy them and spent a year failing at biochemistry.

I spent a year as a general labourer learning the invaluable lesson that working for a living sucked.

2 years out of high school with three failed careers I had no idea where to go.

I needed clarity.

Luckily for me, the YMCA in Toronto had a careers programme. You did a battery of aptitude tests and interviews to determine (1) what you were good at and (2) what you liked. From this they created a list of top 10 careers options.

I don’t remember numbers 3 through 10, but the top two were; bookstore owner and mechanical engineer.

The rest, as the saying goes, is history.

Fast forward 35 years and I’m no longer looking for what I want to be when I grow up. I’m emotionally done with engineering and looking for what I want to do next.

Having found clarity once before, I took stock in a very similar fashion to that YMCA careers programme.

What am I good at?

  • Writing, teaching, presenting, public speaking.
  • Raising little boys.
  • Fitness, exercise, martial arts.

What am I interested in?

  • Parenting.
  • Physical and mental health.
  • Sleep, nutrition, fitness, exercise, yoga, Pilates, martial arts.

Mash these lists together and what do you get?

A man creating content on the topic of

Navigating the third act, through the grey mist of depression.