In January I passed my Certified Personal Trainer Exam. It was exciting – I worked really hard to pass that exam. Colin bought me the package a year ago after hearing me talk so much about wanting to do it. (One of the many things I love about Colin – he helps me make things happen, and not just talk about them!)
I’ll admit. I thought it would be a breeze. It was far from it. I was someone who essentially switched majors because I hated Chemistry in college. Science isn’t a strength of mine. I haven’t taken an anatomy course since high school. I only knew which muscles I used a lot in running – the difference between my hamstrings and quads – and that was about it. Learning all of this material did not come easy, although I did love it. I loved learning about it. NCCPT was great. I had to call them and reschedule my exam what felt like a thousand times. I kept thinking I’d be ready, I kept needing more time.
I did not tell many people I was working on this certification. Not many knew it was something that I event wanted to do. When I shared that I passed my exam on social media and with family/friends I was met with more resistance and confusion than I expected. Messages about if I was quitting my job. (Nope.) Questions about if I didn’t like higher ed anymore. (Still love it!) Inquiries about if I’d be doing this as a side hustle. (Not anytime soon!)
As humans, we have the tendency to want to put people in boxes. To organize our lives (and others) in neat sections that make sense. My life doesn’t make sense. I take on new roles, I try new hobbies, I have to-do lists and bucket lists all over the place. I have my own jewelry business. I am the Editor in Chief of The Niche Movement. I work at Lincoln College as an Admissions Counselor. I’m thriving when I’m busy. I feel alive when I’m learning. The only point I’m trying to make by listing all these things is this: Don’t live your life in a box. Get out there and try new things! Jam pack your days full of things you love. If that isn’t your job, find a new hobby! Get a certification in something even if you don’t know where that will take you. Even if your only reason is “because I wanted to”.
So yes, I am a Certified Personal Trainer. Nope, I’m not quitting my job. I don’t plan on doing this full-time, or part-time even right now. I didn’t get this certification with any outcomes in mind. I did it because I love learning, I love health and wellness, I love trying new things, and I love checking things off my lists.
Thanks NCCPT for making it possible! Next up, Certified Yoga Instructor???