Can you finish that statement?
While growing up, I was good at everything in school.
Okay, I take that back – I was really bad at anything athletic and dreaded gym class. I lacked (and still do!) any and all coordination and am terrified of sports that involve balls. Ironic now that I’m part of the HLB community and workout on the daily, eh?
Anyways, I was good at everything academic when it came to school. I excelled in each subject I tried and graduated near the top of my class. (This isn’t meant as a brag – keep reading, I have a point!) This left me with some confusion upon graduation though… What should I do? I had friends that were phenomenal in math so they became engineers. I had friends that were great at English and writing composition so they became newspaper editors. I had friends that were great at photography and art so they accepted jobs at art galleries.
The problem wasn’t that I couldn’t find something that I would like in college, the problem was that I wanted to do everything! I never sat down and thought about what careers I could find with each degree that interested me or what I really wanted to do after graduating college (hence graduate school, ha!).
And while I realize these are first world problems, I think it is important for each and every one of us to sit down and figure out what we want out of life. So today, I’m listing what I want out of life right now, at this very moment, at age 29. I plan on repeating this practice often and I hope you join me. Realizing what we want is the first step in achieving our goals.
When I grow up… I want to be a/an…
- Organic farmer of all things tomatoes and green beans and sweet corn and watermelon
- Owner of a winery – no explanation needed
- Freelance writer
- Healthy living advocate
When I grow up… I want to feel…
When I grow up… I want to have a hobby like…
- Traveling the world
- Volunteering and helping others
- Baking cupcakes
- Saving the environment
When I grow up… I want to…
- Make a difference
- Have fun
- Enjoy life
- Take time to relax
- Own a house with a wrap-around porch
- Give thanks
We so often practice completing these types of sentences while we’re in elementary school and middle school and oftentimes, even in high school so why do we stop now that we’re officially “grown up”?
If I were to have asked myself this question 10 years ago, heck – even 1 year ago, my answers would have been completely different. And you know what, that’s totally fine. As we grow and age, our desires and our dreams and our passions change – that is a part of life.
The important thing is that we realize these changes are happening. And when our dreams and our passions are changing routes, it is also important that we take the time to listen. Listening to ourselves will allow us to drive our goals forward and to live the life that we’ve imagined.
Finish the sentence: When I grow up…