In a recent entry, Lara (The Lazy Organiser) asks:
And what do you want to be when you grow up? What are your strengths and how could you use them to help others? Do you know?
As this ties in with what I’m working on at the moment, I thought I’d reply.
It’s take me a long time to work out what I want to ‘be’. I’ve wanted to be a nurse, a nun, a teacher, a stable-girl, a jockey, a secretary, a sales-woman, a show-jumper, a writer, an executive, a manager … I’ve wanted to be lots of things. I’ve tried out some of these hats for size. None of them fit and some of them made me very ill. So I retired from work and did other things for a while. I spent a lot of time being ill. I spent time indulging my hobbies (especially my passion for reading). I learned to knit. I watched too much TV. I read a bit more. I got bored.
And so I started working as a Volunteer for Cats Protection. I started off as an extra body at fundraising events. Then I started fostering cats. Then came home-checking. And, most recently, I’ve become involved with helping people overcome their feline’s behavioural problems. And I’m in heaven. I’ve found something I’m good at. At last!
So now I have A Plan. I call it my ’10 Year Plan’ but, really, it might take a little longer. I’ve mentioned it on here before but, basically, I want to be a Pet Behaviour Counsellor. Or, more specifically, a Feline Behaviour Counsellor. This is the person you call on when Smurf has shredded your new sofa and is starting work on the arm chair. The Counsellor visits and tries to look at things from the cat’s point of view. Then she makes suggestions to the owner to modify the unwanted behaviour and, hopefully, restores the relationships and harmony within the household. She may also give general advice on cat care. It’s all aimed at making the cat happy so that the owner is also happy.
My plan is:
2009 – 2017: Study with Open University for BSc
2017 – 2020: Study at Southampton University for MSc in Pet Behavioural Counselling
It’s going to take a long time, studying part-time, but I need that time to become well enough to run my Feline Behaviour Counselling practice and, hey, 36 isn’t that old, is it!