When I was five I considered a career as a ballerina.  Somewhere between toe shoes and attempting to perfect the plié it became clear I would need an exit strategy.  This may not have been my first, but it is my first memory of needing one.

Everytime I write this blog it is with someone in mind, though no one I know personally.  It’s about all of us struggling to embark courageously upon the adventure that is life.   I like recognizing that amidst the agony of indecision and worry, there is humor and clarity that makes forward movement easier.  I intend only to illuminate my own path that it will mark another way more brightly, knowing that others have gone before you, and more will follow.  No one is alone on this journey.  Many of us experience a vague (or stronger….)  sense of dissatisfaction after pursuing lifelong goals.  It’s a very challenging admission to realize you have dedicated time, energy and life to something you THOUGHT was going to make you happy… and it’s not working out.  It’s the reason “exit strategy” has become such a massively popular term in the last decade.  Strangely, holding on to failure can seem easier than risking an ill-defined future.  So instead of fear, worry and trepidation, approach the future with  excitement and anticipation.

Exit strategies are really entrance strategies.



About michellenihei

Bachelor of Science, University of Saskatchewan Diplomate in Veterinary Science, University of Saskatchewan Master of Science, University of Saskatchewan Doctor of Philosophy, University of Kentucky Post-Doctoral and Jr. Faculty, Johns Hopkins University, MD Assistant trainer to Christopher Speckert, Rebecca Maker, Todd Pletcher Independent business owner and racehorse trainer; StabelLab Evangelist
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