For the majority of our lives, we have some sort of idea of what we want to be when we grow up. Even myself, who hardly thinks of the future (bad, I know!), had some kind of hope for what I wanted to do for a living.
When I was four, I wanted to be a ballerina.
When I was six, I wanted to be a teacher.
(I was a very original little girl .. Ha!)
When I was eight, I wrote my first short story (though it was long for my age - six pages!) that got lots of praise from my teacher, and I fell in love with writing.
When I was eleven, I started writing a book series and dreamed of one day moving to Los Angeles to be a famous author.
When I was in seventh grade (so .. 13?) I still wanted to write, but was told by a source that will remain nameless that there was no money in writing (translate: no career) and my dreams were crushed.
From that point on, I kind of wandered..
I thought maybe I'd like to be an actress, but, well, I kind of sucked at acting. But then I thought I could be a screenwriter .. And though that is still a HUGE dream of mine, to one day write a movie and get to watch it come to life .. I quickly gave up on that one, since I'd been told there's no money in writing
So after years of dreaming of possible careers, I shelved any ideas I had. Got a well-paying (yet not great) job, I married the man of my dreams, and we now have the two most incredible little babies. My husband's career flourished .. And mine ..
I'm 27 now and finally, I've decided what I want to be when I grow up. I fell in love with nutrition on my healthy lifestyle journey and had my sights set on being a nutritionist. After doing more research, I realized I wanted more than that - and started looking into being a dietician. I'm a little
|I actually had to ask what "vectors" was ...|
But I'm keeping my head up and taking it one day at a time. I'll keep my eye on the prize (dietician! A university degree! A career I can be proud of!) and remember that I can be inspiring my children to follow their dreams too (although I fully intend to start that process waaayyyyy before they turn 27!! If at nine years old, Boy Lego wants to be a cowboy? I'll sign him up for horse riding lessons, yee-haw till the cows come home, and buy him the cowboy hat of his dreams!!).
Today's lesson: No matter how much work it'll take you, no matter what age you are? Follow your dream. Do what it'll take to make yourself happy. There will be long hours, tons of homework / papers, lack of sleep, and more studying than ever ... YOU are worth it! My dreams are WORTH it.
So .. When you were five, what did you want to be when you grew up? :)