After over 10 years in the fitness industry, I have recently decided to switch careers from a personal trainer to a firefighter. Please let me explain. I have been passionately devoted to fitness ever since I got turned onto it back when I was a teenager around 13 or 14. Fitness has played a key role in my life, my journey, my athletics and my career and I owe a lot to the health and fitness world. It has been quite a journey of 10 plus years and I have evolved quite a bit since my first personal training job. I enjoy helping others and caring for others and watching them succeed and achieve their goals with my help in their exercise program. There is no greater feeling then knowing you helped someone, somehow and in someway whether it being losing weight, moving better, feeling better, having more energy or being out of pain. Helping others is the biggest reward there is with this job. However, working as a personal trainer is and can be a grind. We are constantly battling hours, switching clients around and watching our paychecks take big hits when several of our clients decide to go vacation at the same time, which is usually the case. As much as I love this industry, it dawned on me one day: Do I really want to be doing this for the next 20 plus year? Do I want to be grinding it out and helping others workout in the gym when I am 55- 60 years of age? Always worrying about clients, hours and a steady paycheck, I think not. I am not fulling giving up on fitness either, I do believe I will always be training and finding those special clients to train as well.
When I moved here to South Carolina, I started talking to a lot of the firefighters at the gym I worked at, gathering as much information as I could and asking as much questions that I could think of. I never really planned in my life to become a firefighter but quite honestly I think it is extremely fitting for me. I am extremely into fitness and health, I was a lifeguard for 3 years, I have been doing high diving shows climbing ladders 80 feet in the air, I love helping other people and I want to be able to give back to my community. I have been filling out applications, talking to Captains and getting information on the fire academy and what are my best steps to take to start on this journey. I know the journey is not going to be easy and it is going to be tough at times but I am a true warrior and will not stop until I accomplish my goal. At first I was hesitant to even post this and tell this story to all of you but I am firm believer in the law of attraction and making your goals known to all in order to help you achieve your destiny. If you throw it out to the universe, the universe make things happen, open up doors for you and throw it back to you. I am being as patient as I can for I know good things will come to those who wait.
I am aware it is a higher risk job and I am aware it has life threatening capabilities but you know what, so does driving your car down the highway. I look into the positives more of what the job has to offer like helping others, caring for others, a steady paycheck and flexible hours. The way the shift works as a firefighter (as in 24 hours on and 48 hours off) gives me more time to spend with my precious little girls before they get older and start school. I am excited to start this new chapter in my life and will keep you all posted and updated as I continue on this journey. Wish me the best of luck.