What do you want to be when you grow up?
Ask that question to a child, and you will get a vast array of responses.
"A pro-football player, an artist, a dentist, and plumber like my dad."
Yes, a student might very well respond with all of the above simultaneously.
Then we grow up, adult life sets in, and we pigeon-hole ourselves into jobs without exploring options even as hobbies.
I'm not sure when we begin putting limits on ourselves or why, but I seriously think it's something we need to revisit often. Broad our horizons. Leave our options open. Look at our possibilities through the lens of a child.
Tomorrow is Career Day at one of my elementary schools. I'm excited to see what kids come up with, but I think I'm even more curious to see what the adults wear. Our charge is to dress up in what we would have liked to do if we weren't in the teaching profession.
Typically, many teachers come still in the teaching profession but as a p.e. teacher just to get to wear sweats! Others have talked about coming as a pajama model...not Victoria's Secret mind you but rather flannel pajamas. I commend their creativity in "dressing down" for the day.
And, I will also be dressing down tomorrow but not in sweats or pajamas. I always wanted to hike across Europe and write about my adventures along the way. So, I will wear jeans, hiking boots, a flannel shirt (glad my husband didn't toss his from his wardrobe...the one flannel shirt I still have happens to be in my daughter's closet in Omaha), wear a backpack, and walk around with my writing notebook.
Even though I don't plan to traverse across Europe anytime soon, I'm thrilled that I have ventured more into writing through this blog and the columns on positive lifestyle changes for two local newspapers. I'm also researching more opportunities in 2017 by guest writing blogs for other websites.
Would I love to be doing my writing gig full-time? Of course! However, it isn't a realistic possibility at this point, and that's okay. I'm lucky that I'm in a job that I enjoy and I still get to pursue writing on the side.
My challenge to you is to take a few minutes to look inward to answer these questions:
*What did you want to be when you grew up?
*Why aren't you doing that today?
*What is holding you back?
*Could you pursue that passion on the side for now?
*What would it take for that passion to become your full-time gig?
If you're already doing exactly what you wanted to be when you grew up, kudos to you! You're more in the minority than you probably realize.
For the rest of us, it's never too late. Instead of just dreaming about it, wake up and make it a reality. Bit by bit.
I'm a lover of life, an eternal optimist, and I have an intense desire to add value through simple living and positive vibes.