There comes a time in our lives when the life we’ve been living doesn’t quite fit anymore. We start to ask the questions and even revisit the dreams we had as children.
What happened between us saying “When I Grow Up I want to be….to what we are currently doing?”
Do you find yourself questioning what your purpose or passion in life is, as an adult?
As children, we had dreams and some of us even knew for certain what we wanted to do in our later life.
We knew exactly what we wanted to become. We perceived the world as an endless array of possibilities.
But yet somehow along the way of doubt, fear, procrastination, choosing to listen to others instead of ourselves, etc. we deterred away from our childhood dreams.
I am interested to know, as a parent what do you say to your child when they tell you about what they want to become when they grow up?
Do you secretly laugh and think that they are not going to achieve these dreams? Just like the way you weren’t able to pursue yours?
Or do you encourage them to pursue their goals like you pursued yours?
Most us find ourselves in jobs or careers that are very different to what we aspired to have as children.
It’s very likely that we took advise from family and friends when we were making career decisions or that one thing led to another and things just happened along the way and we now find ourselves in a job that wasn’t part of the original plan.
Somehow life has turned out a bit different to the picture we painted as children.
So we try to make the best of it, settle with what isn’t authentic us and go along with whatever it is for years.
But as time goes by, we start asking these questions;
What is my passion? What’s my purpose, Is it too late to follow my dreams?
What felt fine for years start to feel constraining, a bit dull, or grey. We slowly come to realize that this chapter does not fill that hole anymore.
And because this was not our true purpose we feel a bit short, unfulfilled, like we have been living a lie.
Not being true to our authentic selves, true to who we really are.
This happens when we conform, when we follow a prescribed lifestyle, when we just tag along in life and listen to everyone else but ourselves.
Although these moments can be uncomfortable, they are incredible opportunities.
That part of you that yearns for more authenticity, more impact, and an intensified desire to do what holds meaning for you.
You now have the opportunity to listen. An opportunity to make that change.
We have all heard stories of people having midlife crisis, people changing careers, moving countries or changing directions, this is a result of that.
Is it too late to start something new? One would ask
It’s never too late to change the sails.
It’s time to move away from the voice of self-doubt in your head that says you can’t do xx.
Move away from the over-planning and perfectionism and towards a new way of taking inspired action.
Move away from worrying about what others will think towards our own fulfillment.
Move away from what the society has prescribed for us to focusing your attention and energy on your dreams
Fear, procrastination and inability to start something new are the things that intimidate people the most.
At age 23, Oprah was fired from her first reporting job.
At age 27, Vincent Van Gogh failed as a missionary and decided to go to art school.
At age 28, J.K. Rowling was a suicidal single parent living on welfare.
At age 30, Harrison Ford was a carpenter.
At age 30, Martha Stewart was a stockbroker.
Vera Wang failed to make the Olympic figure skating team, didn’t get the Editor-in-Chief position at Vogue, and designed her first dress at age 40.
Samuel L. Jackson didn’t get his first movie role until he was 46.
Morgan Freeman landed his first MAJOR movie role at age 52.
What do you want to become when you grow up?
It’s never too late!