It’s a question every child gets asked all the time when they’re little. And when you’re that age, anything seems possible. Maybe because back then our biggest problems were who we were going to sit next to on the bus home from school that day. Or what kind of Happy Meal we were going to get from McDonald’s if mom actually agreed to take us there instead of saying, “We have food at home.” (Really though – cheeseburger or nuggets? It’s honestly kind of a hard decision for a seven-year old.)
So, telling someone you wanted to grow up to be an astronaut or the President of the United States or a professional football player seemed like a goal you could totally accomplish. But then… you grow up and start to understand the world and understand that life doesn’t just hand you anything you want, whenever you want it. You can’t just breeze through high school with average grades and expect to get into the top school in your state. You can’t just get a degree and expect to get your dream job once you graduate college. You can’t just tell people you want to be the President of the United States and not work your ass of to get there.
For some people, they actually will become an astronaut or the President or a million dollar athlete. For the rest of us, we aren’t so lucky. Sometimes though, it’s not because someone didn’t work hard enough or give it their all – sometimes, people’s dreams just change as they get older.
Just kidding… kind of.
Around the time of high school, I feel like our ideas of what we actually want to do become dreams that are maybe a little more attainable for most of us to reach. You start thinking about college and whether you want to study to become a nurse or a teacher or a dentist or a doctor. Don’t get me wrong, these dreams can take just as much work as the person trying to become the President one day but you definitely have a better chance at entering the medical field than holding the highest office in power. Just saying.
Just kidding, part II.
Some people start caring more about money than doing something they actually enjoy. Some people just want to move away from a place they’ve lived their entire lives and make a name for themselves, regardless of what the job title is. Some people want to stay close to friends and family and work a not-so-exciting-but-pays-the-bills job.
I know, I know. We all know those people who are like, “Do something you love and you’ll never work a day in your life!!!!!” Which is actually very true for me. If I just write things for my blog, watch Netflix all day, pet dogs and eat Chick-fil-A… then yes, I would literally never work a day in my life… like actually I wouldn’t work because I wouldn’t have a job (or make any money). BUT most people have to still pay bills and I’m sure most of those people don’t just absolutely love every minute of their job every single day of their existence, right?
Whatever your reasoning is for what you are doing – don’t let anyone let you feel like you are doing it wrong. I know people who work miserable hours with people they hate but it pays them the big bucks so they get to really enjoy their life outside of work. I know people who live pay check to pay check but it’s in a city that they’ve dreamed about living in their entire lives and they don’t care that they’re basically broke. I know people who work jobs that look nothing like they imagined their careers to look like but they’re happy because they get to be close to people they love.
Whether you aspire to be a CEO, a bum, a broke world traveler, a stay at home mom (or a stay at home dad – shout out to all my confident men out there) – TO EACH THEIR OWN. The only thing that matters is that when you lie down at the end of the day, you are happy with yourself.
Life is always changing. If you aren’t happy with yourself – you can always quit that job, sell all your things and travel the world or move to that huge city. Or don’t. It’s your life, your happiness and your time.