Stuart B., Winnipeg
I was born in 1979, a bright and curious child. I always had a strong desire in those days to understand the world around me as I knew and saw it. In 1986 a number of events transpired that I allowed to shape not only the future path I would take in life, but also my view of many important things in life. Such as education.
I was experiencing some difficulties in school that year. I had already learned from my experiences back then, that the educational institution system I was in, was not a place for learning, growth in education, or to freely ask questions. In fact, doing those sorts of things, made you a target of those in a position of authority to make an example of you in an effort to deter others from daring to make the same mistake.
Since I was not a fan of daily punishment, I tried my best to “go along to get along”. Eventually things got to the point where I just sat in class, doing nothing all day long, simply because no matter what I did, I was going to be in trouble regardless, so I might as well do nothing.
This lead to discovering after a long process of various testing, poking, prodding, and long conversations, that I not only was diagnosed with ADD but I also had an exceptionally high IQ. In those days there was not a lot of support or help that was available to a person like myself. It was not long until I found myself a ward of child and family services and truly growing up in the system in every aspect of the word and meaning.
I allowed these life experiences to shape and define who I am, wasted a few decades trying to obtain approval and acceptance, of a society and world, that at least in my view, had no place for me in it. Education was something that had to be done in order to obtain a job so I could live and hope that I could find some type of peace and satisfaction. At the very least it would offer me a buffer of protection where I no longer could be abused or forced to live my life at the behest of others demands.
Then in 2009 things started to once again change in my life. While purchasing a life insurance policy when going through the process of buying my first home, I became aware of some health issues I had. It was not really a big shock that there was a problem, as I knew for awhile that something was off with regards to my health. So I took the test results to my family doctor (GP) in hopes of starting the process of learning and understanding just exactly what was going on and what steps I would need to take in order to effectively deal with the problem.
Once again, I found myself in the oddly similar situation that I had endured during all those years of schooling and education. My doctor’s exact words that day were “So what do you want me to do?” not in the meaning of how would I like to proceed, but rather, what do I want from him.
Over the past number of years since 2009, I have taken the responsibility and control back of my life and my health. I have spent countless hours investigating, researching, and trying to better understand things that affect not only myself but my family as well. I have seen firsthand the effects and benefits of the power of nature by using natural substances to help my own body heal or alleviate problems that I have suffered with for years, or new challenges I have faced with my health. It has been a long and tiresome journey and it hasn’t even really begun to start yet.
I know firsthand what happens when you give up the power and control of your own health and life to others, who may or may not have your best interests at heart. At the least, it leaves you open to be taken advantage of.
As I write this, I keep thinking about the words of Aristotle “Excellence is never an accident. It is always the result of high intention, sincere effort, and intelligent execution; it represents the wise choice of many alternatives - choice, not chance, determines your destiny.”
Now that I am a father of not one but three young children, it is no longer a choice to ensure I stay healthy but an obligation to them that I do so.
Why do I want to become a Homeopath? Simply because I believe that it will grant me three things. 1. The opportunity to have a career that will provide for my family. 2. The knowledge and understanding that will help to protect my health and the health of my family for years and generations to come. 3. I believe the most important reason, it will allow me the opportunity to affect another person’s life in a positive way.
So really when I think about everything and consider all the things that I have mentioned above, it really is not a choice. Rather an obligation, a duty, and a privilege that I cannot afford to waste.