Remember when you were little, and someone asked this question and you said that you wanted to be a doctor? Or lawyer? I never heard anyone say they wanted to be a social worker when asked this question. When we are children we tend to idealize those things that are prestigious especially those things that our parents tell us that we will be because it makes so much more money. Ask an attorney or a doctor about their jobs now and they may tell you to run from all the debt they have.
Now as an adult I am still hearing this same question. I often hear this when people are about to retire from a job that they have had for 20 plus years and they are nearing the end of that job.
I don’t feel as though I appreciated this question earlier in my career. I often thought what the heck do you mean what do I want to do when I grow up? I am doing what I love right now. This is what I wanted to do when I grew up, but how many of us are in the jobs we thought we would be in when we first started. Now yes I knew at the age of 14 I wanted to be a Social Worker, but I had no idea I would be doing it in this capacity nor did I understand the impact that it would have. When I think of what I want to be when I grow up, it definitely is a bit different then how I think of social work now.
Bottom line is this, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” What do you want to do when your kids are grown and out of the home? What did you always dream of doing as a kid and it never happened. What do you want to do after retirement? What is it that you have given up on because you think you are too old to do? What do you want to do now?
You don’t have to wait until you grow up to start living out some of those childhood dreams of yours. Start now. It’s never too late. You may simply dedicate a few hours a week to it or simply dedicate the rest of your life to it. Step outside of that comfort zone that told you that you had no time, money or talent and get it done. Believe in yourself and stop waiting, you are getting further behind. Happy childhood dreaming AND being.
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