As a child, I wanted to be a lawyer when I grew up. I could envision myself being grown, gorgeous, well dressed and powerful; strutting into a courthouse in a perfectly tailored suit and a monogrammed briefcase to win a case and go on about my day. I knew that it was something I would be great at. I never took into account the years of schooling it would take, the amount of debt it would come with, or the sacrifices I would’ve had to make to become one.
If you were to currently ask me what I want to be when I grow up now, I’d say a brand builder, a public speaker, a PR maven, a philanthropist and an author. While we’re at it, throw talk show host in there because… Why not? I still have aspirations and things I’m certain I will accomplish in this lifetime, and as I accomplish them, I’ll continue to add new goals to the list.
As children, we think we hope and we dream but as we come into our adulthood those visions for our life slow down quickly. We begin to accept our daily lives as our reality and do away with dreaming and wishing for what we desired in our innocent adolescence when anything was possible. We develop a sense of pride that makes us feel silly for mentioning the things we’ve always wanted to do because we’re not already doing them.
“You get to a certain point in your life where you think that if it hasn’t happened, it’s never going to happen.”
What’s stopping you from believing that you can achieve your most outrageous aspirations? Is it because you think you’re too old to take risks? Do you not have the time? Or do you just believe that what would really make you feel alive would never happen for someone like you – of your educational background, of your race, of your luck? I’m challenging you to dream like a child. We may get older, but we don’t stop growing. As long as you’re here on earth you still have time to set out to do what you’ve always wanted.
Change your thoughts from “I always wanted to”, to “I’m going to” and get started on that today.
Happy Monday, xx.