Growing up I never had any doubt that I couldn’t be whoever I wanted to be. We start at early ages dreaming about our careers, wedding day, and the names of our band of kids. We go from thinking we could be Princess Belle one day to a ballerina the next day. Grow up a little more and it goes from wanting to be a well-known doctor to a scientist discovering the cure for cancer.
Along the way life trumps us and we begin to tell ourselves that we can’t do something or we simply aren’t being realistic. We start thinking about taking time off from school to save money or thinking of the student loans we’re racking up. But- we should never lose focus on our dreams and doing what makes us happy.
I could remember telling myself that I’d be a successful fashion designer then realizing I couldn’t draw.. and the buck stopped there. It never dawned on me to start taking art classes or to even use a computer. I just ruled it out and started thinking of whatever I could do to get a degree in in exactly 4 years. Now, I don’t have much to show for it. At such a young age, I already feel burnt out and dissatisfied. Sitting in meetings I start daydreaming about things I could be doing or if I could envision myself in the same spot 20 years from today, I am beginning to wonder what happened to that little girl with endless possibilities? Where is she? Can I grow up to be like her? Tenacious, confident, and fulfilled! She couldn’t have gone that far!
One thing is for sure I’m going to become a hunter. I’m going to hunt down my dreams and never let them get away. It may not be easy but if I start with small traps I’ll be sure to catch some big game. I’m going to make time for things I love. I’m no longer in touch with my creative side. Getting back to doing all of my favorites, I’m sure it’ll spark some fire in my daily routine. Unlike before when I hit an obstacle, I would get down on myself and stop participating in whatever the activity was. This time around I’ll be sure to push through it rather it’s taking that art class or joining an interest club.
Attending a conference a few years back the keynote speaker said one thing successful people do is invest in themselves. Do I invest in myself? Honestly, I do not, I work 40 plus hours a week and invest all of my time into the company I work for and go home without any energy left for myself.
Doing something we genuinely love can only bring out our true selves; not that you can’t be happy in your career, but don’t forget yourself. Don’t give up on those dreams you once had – did you really stop enjoying them or are you just trying to convince yourself that you did. As people we naturally make time for things we want to make time for, why not let the number one thing on your list be YOU! Children shouldn’t be the only dreamers, try it and see how much happier you are.