I was recently asked a question that made me think about all the reasons I do what I do.
What do I do?
To the outside world, I am a massage therapist and skin care specialist/esthetician.
To those who enter my office, I am the person who helps them look and feel better.
To me, I am a whirlwind of never-ending laundry, note writer, sounding board, muscle relaxer, educator, acne banisher, receptionist, wrinkle eraser, perpetual student, chief technology officer, sales representative, accountant, marketing department, office manager, and whatever role I need to play on any particular day.
Sound exhausting? I’m not going to lie, it is.
Why do it?
If it is so exhausting, why do I keep doing it? It sounds weird, but 90% of the time, this exhaustion brings me so much joy that I cannot imagine doing anything else. I am convinced I have one of the coolest jobs in the world. I get to help people. Every single day. People are excited to come see me. I get to feel muscles relax under my hands. I get to help transform skin. People choose me to be part of their wellness journeys. To some, their appointments with me are as regular and integrated into their routine as brushing their teeth. I’m not sure if this sounds exciting to you, but it is amazingly cool to me!
But what is the #1 reason you love your job?
It sounds so egotistical to say this out loud (am I still saying it out loud if I am typing?), but the best thing, the absolute #1 reason I love my job is that people are always happy to see me. I know, I know, I’m supposed to say that I love to help people. And I do! Because I also do Barefoot Massage, I get to help people with my hands and my feet. Crazy awesome, right? But if there can only be one #1 reason, helping people every day is Reason #2.
I love that people want to come see me. It nourishes my soul to hear that I am the highlight of someones day/week/month. I cherish the hugs I get from long-time clients. I feel honored when people share their lives with me.
Because people are happy to see me, they bring such a positive energy that makes it nearly impossible to not like my job.