This is a question that is asked of us many times throughout our lives. When you’re young, it’s about what college to go to, your career, making a living, and whether or not you want to be married and have kids. When you’re much older and have worked for many years, have your family, your friends, and looking at retirement, have you then figured out what you want to be when you grow up?
As far as my career, I have been all over the place. I’ve had experience in event planning, sales, contracts, office management, and travel. In the last 15 years, I have been in the wine industry and last year decided to launch this blog site. I’m married to a wonderful man and have two beautiful adult daughters. I have a full life, but still, I yearn to figure out what I want to be when I grow up. I think that I’m just starting to figure it out.
Yes, I have my family life, my years of working, and all that is part of me but what about the rest of me? What about my self-discovery? Can I balance my self-discovery and the rest of my life? What about the guilt I feel putting myself first? I’ve always cared for someone else and put myself second.
What do I want to be when I grow up? I want to be someone who continues to change, grow and be an example for my daughters and maybe others. I want to experience new things and explore new opportunities for growth. Creating and launching this blog site has definitely been an opportunity for growth. Maybe that’s what it’s all about. It’s about continually working on yourself and blossoming into the person you want to be…always turning a new page/new chapter in your life.
“What do you want to be when you grow up? As if growing up is finite. As if at some point you become something and that’s the end.” — Michelle Obama
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2 thoughts on “What Do You Want To Be When You Grow Up?”
Well said my dear friend! I was just laid off and went through the typical feelings of loss. The sadness after a 16 year run in one company, the resentment/anger, feelings of why me, when I am so close to retirement. Yes, I wanted to do it my way and retire on my own initiative! What I now realize, and it didn’t take long, is this is just another opportunity for my growth. It is the jump start I needed to make the next move for a change. It is so true what they say that change is growth and no great things happen without change. There should be no room in our lives for becoming stagnant. One of the important things I’ve learned is the comfort we feel is within ourselves, not externally through a job, where we live, or who we meet. Yes, all of those things do contribute to who we are, but is within us to make the necessary changes for our continued growth. It is our responsibility to recognize when we are becoming complacent. It is that complacency that stagnates our ability to provide valuable contributions to whatever it is we are doing in life. I am content with who I am and with who I continue to become.
Change in our lives, whether intentional or not, is not always fun. The process can be hard and frustrating but hopefully we change, we grow and we blossom into our new selves. We just have to keep ourselves open to whatever life (the universe) is presenting to each and everyone of us and remember that everything happens for a reason. Hang in there my friend and know that I’m here for you.
With love, Linda
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