Tell me honestly, how well do you know yourself? It’s a question that is more difficult than you may think. It was for me at least, and that’s why I wanted to make a post with that question in mind. Even today I’m not sure that I can truly answer with certainty. What about you?
Remember back in grade school when every couple of years or so they’d ask us the same question. What do you want to be when you grow up? In the early years, they’d take just about anything for an answer wouldn’t they? Astronaut, spy, and superhero were the typical top picks back then. Those were the fun days.
Somewhere along the way they decided those just didn’t cut it anymore. They wanted something called a realistic answer. Whatever that is it still has me confused. I started realizing around this time that I was or at least appeared to be separated from the herd. Everyone had an answer or at least an idea. I had nothing.
Thinking back on those days in class I’ll admit it’s pretty fuzzy now, but I can’t recall anyone saying things like call center agent or anything of the sort. And please, don’t get me wrong. Call center jobs are necessary and for some are exactly what they want and need. They are worthy jobs, but they don’t pop into the heads of students as the “dream job”.
I’ve never really known what I wanted to be as a ‘grown up’. I’ve never felt the passion or drive to say to myself “let’s do this for the next 40 years”. Writing has come close, but I can’t sustain my family on freelance writing waiting for my big break to come. Teaching was a close second, but my opportunity to sail that ship left harbor a decade and a half ago.
I admire those people who seem to have their careers planted firmly in front of them. I want to image the sense of security it offers, the peace of mind knowing that you’re doing what you love each and every day. I wonder what it’s like going to work happy.
You can tell me if you’re doing what you love in the comments section, or by clicking on Contact Nick. Let me what your response was back in the day to the fabled “what do you want to be” question.
Lots of Love,