This is an age old question; and I don’t think there are any right or wrong answers.
And I am not referencing the stupid exercise we all did when we were in fifth grade: “What do you want to be when you grow up?” – with most answers being something like the President or an Olympic athlete (I wanted to take tickets at a movie theater, which I can proudly say that I am doing much better than that).
But really, kid; what do you want to be when you grow up? We all have inspiration and dreams and hopes. But does it really turn out the way you think it will?
We go away to college at age 18, and we are supposed to choose a path to the future. How many people right now, especially those in Generation Y, are actually in the career they went to college for? Did you go to college for something that you really wanted to do?
Many people meander through life not really happy or doing what they really want to be doing. But what is it? What is it really that you want to be doing? What is it that you dream about?
I have been thinking about this a lot this week, and after a random run-in earlier in the week and a series of strange events leading up to this rainy Thursday on the first of August, I have realized something: You might never end up “doing” exactly what you have always dreamed about. Not everyone can be the President or an Olympic athlete. But you can make your attitude what you want.
You can grow up into yourself – be confident in your choices, know who you really are and be true to that. Accept your weirdness (because, honestly…normal is boring) and laugh out loud when you think of something funny.
Be happy, because only you can make yourself that way. You don’t have to know exactly what you want. Most people don’t anyway. Do the things that make you smile – and do them every day.
So, grown-up human, think back to that question about what you want to be when you grow up. And grow up into happiness, wellness and self-satisfaction. Make the most of every situation, and love the ones you’re with – they are the ones who will be there for you and your happiness.