Often when I am looking for writing inspiration I turn to those old tried and true writing exercises we used in college. You know the ones:
- If you were on a deserted island what is the one thing you would take with you and why?
- Name 2 people that have made a difference in your life.
- If you could be any kind of animal what would you be?
But one such question got me thinking today …
What profession did you want to go into when you were a child? Did you attain that goal?
Did I attain that goal? Well the answer is yes and no. I wanted to be a lot of things just like many other kids. Here’s my list that I ran across one day when cleaning out a box of old things. I think I was about 10 when this was written. As as you can see, much like other kids, I didn’t really care what income one could make as long as it was fun and made me happy.
1) A vet
2) A shop lady selling pretty clothes
3) A person who writes the news
4) Snow cone vendor on the beach
5) An archeologist
So I guess #3 is pretty close to what I do. I actually did work at a TV station when I was fresh out of college and now I am a writer. Seems like I got close to one of my dreams. But that list still makes me wonder ….
How many of us go out and really achieve our dreams? Do those dreams change as we grow? Do we somehow loose our creativity and spontaneous nature we had as a child and retool ourselves to become what society terms as “responsible”?
In a recent national survey, adults were asked which jobs they felt held the most prestige. Interesting that as we get older, we look more to what others would think of us instead of what might be true to ourselves.
That’s why I feel like I must ask. Are you passionate about the work you do? What energizes you? How do you know if the job you currently do on a daily basis is the right fit for you?
I must admit I am one of the lucky ones. I know that even though I am not selling snow cones on the beach, I honestly love what I do. Writing for some reason gives me a charge, it just feels right and when I am finished with my work, I can look in the mirror and honestly feel that I have been true to my passion for solving problems and connecting with people.
My challenge to you … if you aren’t doing a job right now that is true to who you are,
- What can you do to change it? Time for a career check-up?
- Is there something within your company that’s a better fit for you?
- Challenge yourself, see where it leads you.
- Set some goals for yourself.
- Give yourself permission to dream and then act upon it.
A child’s vision of the future may be steeped in fantasy, but is often truer to their core than where our adult logic takes us.
Good luck on your journey-