Healing & Pursuing the Call
Angela – 32, Brooklyn, NY
Metastate: Did you have a vision for yourself growing up?
Angela: As a young person, I didn’t have a plan for the future. I had no idea what was in store for me.
Metastate: What advice would you give to your younger self?
Angela: I’d tell her not to be afraid to express herself creatively. I’d tell her to speak up and let her voice be heard. I’d tell her that she is just fine the way she is.
Metastate: You recently made some big discoveries about your past. Can you tell us about that experience?
Angela: Through a lot of reflection (and some good therapy) I’ve worked out some issues from my childhood. My parents did not work well together. They were incompatible in many ways. My dad followed his father’s example in dealing with marital conflict. He was abusive. My mom stayed with him “for the sake of the children.” I’ve been led to revelations about my past and it has been wonderful to examine them in a completely supportive environment.
Metastate: If you could start your life over, is there anything you would have done differently?
Angela: This is a hard question. I often reflect on the past and wonder where I would be if I had tried to pursue acupuncture sooner. I wouldn’t have had the life experiences that make me who I am today. All those experiences help me be more understanding of others whatever their circumstances may be.
Metastate: What drives you? How do you define success?
Angela: I’m driven by the desire to grow. I am attracted to all things healing in part because of my own troubled past. Success is hard to define. I suppose society would define success by what job you hold and how much money you make.
Personally, I believe it has something to do with finding your calling and remaining true to yourself while you pursue that call.
Metastate: What’s next for you?
Angela: My goal at the moment is to get my Masters in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. When I’m surrounded by healers, I am inspired to be more compassionate and to be someone who listens not just to what a person is saying but also to what the body is saying…to be present.
Metastate: If there was one message you could get out into the world right now, what would it be?
Angela: Self reflection, healing, and growth. Practice self love.
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