What did you want to be when you grew up? An astronaut? A nurse? A carnival clown? An explorer? A parent?
Remember when you were a child and you could imagine your future career in whatever field you wanted? Of course, that was back when you didn’t have the responsibilities you do today: keeping a roof over your head, food on the table, and generally paying the bills. Money didn’t matter.
It’s possible that what appealed to you when you were younger, does not appeal to you today. Being a biologist might have sounded cool when you were 8 years old, but once you took biology class and dissected your first frog, you may have decided it wasn’t really for you.
Are you working in the field you dreamed of? Maybe you are still working toward that goal. If not, why not? Unfortunately, ‘money’ is all too often the quick answer to that question. But this should not be the end of the conversation.
If you absolutely love your current job, that’s fantastic! Congratulations! If you don’t love your work, would you consider a change?
If money didn’t matter, what would you do with your life? Have a thought about that for a few minutes.
Perhaps you would be a rodeo cowboy. Now, are you going to quit your current job and head for the rodeo circuit tomorrow? Not likely. Is your dream profession something you could work towards by taking classes? Is it possible that you could compete in rodeo events on your days off from your regular job? Explore your options.
Maybe you determine that becoming a rodeo cowboy is not at all realistic. Take a moment to consider what about the role appeals to you. It could be something simple like working with animals or the adrenaline rush. Do you have those elements in your current job? Are there other jobs you could take where you could incorporate those elements?
Perhaps if money didn’t matter, you would donate your time to working with charitable organizations. You could start working on that dream very easily by helping out a few hours a month at a local food bank or donation centre. Make your dreams a priority in your own life.
When you were a child, perhaps you dreamed of being a ballerina. You could still become a ballerina today. Becoming a ballerina does not necessarily mean you must perform on the world stage. You could take ballet classes and perform in local productions. When looking at the elements of being a ballerina, you may find you just want to dance or perform. You could try other forms of dance, or even try acting.
Make some time over the next few days to think about what you wanted to be when you grew up, what you dreamed was your perfect job, and what you would do with your life if money didn’t matter. All of these questions will help you hone in on what changes you could make to help you live a more satisfied and happier life.
What childhood dreams are you pursuing? If the answer is none, why aren’t you? Start today!