I wanna be a movie star and an astronaut

When I ask my son what he wants to be when he grows up, he usually says,

"I wanna be a YouTuber star, like a movie star. And definitely an astronaut."

Good goals, son.

Easy-peasy, right?

When did that question stop being fun to answer?

For me, it doesn't stop. 


Because, actually, thinking like a child, being in the moment, with little or no sense of time, is really the way to view this tough world.

It is rough out there, and sometimes I wish I can literally push the pause button on the clock.

When I was a teenager, there was this American TV show where this girl was half-alien, and she had this one power:

She would touch her two index fingers together and time would just freeze.

Everyone around her would stand still.

Time would stop.

But she wouldn't. 

She could walk around people, tickle them, fart in their face, or whatever.

Time was paused.

Wouldn't that be so cool?

Well, it's highly disappointing, but that power just won't happen.

Instead, I'm thinking about my own way of time travel into the future.

It helps me get through my days now.

You know that sometimes annoying question, "Where do you see yourself in five years? Ten years?"

I know what my answer is, but I think for lots of people, it's not easy to answer.

For me, it's easier to imagine myself two years out.

Basically I imagine how I want my life to be and look like, and then I scale it backwards and visualise what I'd be doing to achieve that.

For example, one of my goals in my career is to start teaching other chiropractors paediatric adjusting. I have to train more for that and it'll take time to organise.

Also, we've always had plans to renovate our house. I have many desires for my beautiful newly renovated kitchen, and as many Londoners know, getting a house worked on is no joke.

There are so many steps to take with that!

These are just two clear examples, and there are many more, but you get my drift.

I'm very certain about how I want my life to look like in two years, and for me to have that in place, I know what I need to work on, plan, and get into action with.

One constant regular action step that's always there is getting adjusted.

How about you?

Gotta take care of your health, always.

See you at your next adjustment!

— Dr MaryAnne

I have been waiting and waiting for these results

I feel like I'm the most patient person in the world.

You have to be if you take this exam.

Because the guy who tests you is the founder of the technique.

Network Spinal Analysis.

This guy (who happens to be a genius) created NSA, and is still developing this technique since the early 1980s.

He's very weird.

And he's amazing.

But he sucks at timing.

Plus, he's very busy.

So I kinda understand.

He flies all over the world teaching his technique to chiropractors, holding seminars, educating people about everything his minds conjures up.

And it's super strange shit.

But it's also brilliantly cool.

Only chiropractic students and chiropractors are 'allowed' to learn this technique.

There are three 'parts' in which to get certified.

(Parts 1, 2, and 3 for full certification.)

I had taken and passed Parts 1 & 2 years ago.

Finally, because of time and scheduling issues, I was able to sit the practical Part 3, the final certification level.

About four years ago, I wanted to take this exam. 

But he said to me, "You're not ready."

And he was right.

I wasn't ready. 

I probably would have failed if I took it then.

Failing isn't a bad thing.

I think failing sets you up for more opportunity to learn.

Nevertheless, I didn't take it then.

So, finally, I felt ready last year, and the exam was only offered in November.

It's rumoured that you have to wait a few months to find out your results, so once the test is taken, you just know you have to wait.

But I didn't realise I'd have to wait past January.

February crept up.

I contacted the NSA offices.

"Hi, I took Part 3 in November. Any chance you could let me know when I'd get my results back please?"

"Sure. You should hear back in a few weeks."

March comes around.


I'm getting more and more tense.

It's on my mind nearly every day.

I check my email hoping for some news.

I check my home mail for a certificate or something to tell me.


So I send more emails.

"You should hear very very soon."

I know. I was warned that it's a long wait.


That doesn't necessarily make it easier.

It's April.

Now, after a back and forth through emails, how much longer can I wait?


I got the email last night.


(An huge exhale, a big smile, PHEW, and a great night's sleep.)

The wait was worth it.