Today, I gave a presentation to about 15 Penn undergrads who are interested in urban studies, public policy, education or some mixture of the three. The topic was my current job in education and the road that got me here. They were a racially diverse group of students and seemed to represent a broad spectrum of socioeconomic backgrounds. Many were interested in social sector careers and are curious about the path to there.
Last night, I spent some time thinking about what I would say to the students. I decided that I would describe seven turning points that greatly influenced my career decisions - and resulted in me being where I am today.
Thinking back on my life, especially its twists and turns, I am amazed at how it has all come together. I feel incredibly blessed to be able to do work about which I am passionate. I also am grateful for all the lessons on mindfulness, patience, acceptance, and surrender that I learned on my yoga mat. They provided the impetus for the change over the last ten years.
Back then, I thought I had hit "rock bottom" when I was sick and alone. But it provided a chance for me to evaluate my life and make some major decisions. I started listening to my heart, making decisions about what would be best for me, taking care of myself physically, eating right and exercising. One of the biggest changes was the decision to stop living for others but to live for me and God. Faith and gratitude were my constant companions--along with a commitment to equity for all young people.
Crystal Moore began her wellness quest in 2003 after being diagnosed with lupus. Her quest has led her to embrace yoga, faith, exercise, healthy eating, and relationships. Share her journey.