Don't Let Your Dreams Just Be Dreams
When we're little we're told to dream big and that we can be whatever we want to be. Then we grow up and society takes a hold of us and we're expected to conform and go down the path that our parents want or follow the path that is gender based.
What if I told you that you could actually be and do whatever your heart desires, at any age? Nowadays people just disregard that possibility, thinking that they are just supposed to fit into life's box and carry on as a "normal" person. Life is about so much more than that. Each person has unique gifts and qualities and it's about nurturing those and growing as a person while doing something that you enjoy.
The issue is that no one really talks about their dreams and passions as they get older. Unfortunately, most people just focus on what is going to make them money to buy the next bigger and better thing. People eventually forget about their talents and fall into habits of just following the social norm.
Don't you want a life more meaningful than that? Don't you want to be excited each day and have passion for something? I know that I do and that's what I'm currently working towards. It's not easy following your dreams and it's kind of scary sometimes but if you believe in yourself and you're willing to make sacrifices, I believe that anyone could be successful doing what they love.
So are there steps that you can take to help figure out your passion filled career? I don't think it's that black and white, and no one knows you better than yourself, but there are definitely some things you should consider to help get on the right track.
Most importantly, don't stress yourself out about there only being one passion or one career choice for you. I want to make this very clear, and I honestly can't stress it enough. Everyone has multiple talents, and things that they enjoy to do so think of this as you considering all of your options. You're not just trying to narrow it down to one absolute passion or purpose.
Make sure that you put some time aside to reflect and think about what you are good at, what you love to do and what your inherent strengths are. Then you can begin to consider careers related to those things.
Afterwards you can start looking for and taking any opportunities that arise within any of your areas of interest. Remember to be open minded to new opportunities and make sure to build good relationships with people. If I have learnt one thing as I have gotten older, it would be that it is all about who you know.
I just want to note that obviously you have to think ahead and not just quit your job without a plan. You may have bills to pay and mouths to feed so be conscious of the consequences of your decisions. But realising that you are not happy in your current job and need a change is a good first step.
I have heard over and over again that if you can find a career that you are passionate about, you will be successful because you will do what it takes to make it work.
Remember to believe in yourself, and to find something that makes you happy. At the end of the day, the only person who really knows what that is or looks like is you.
Now, the most important thing out of all of this is to actually start. So take that next step, make that call, research that job, meet that person for coffee, because the sooner you start that first step the sooner you will be doing what you always knew you'd love.
By: Cortnie Bornyk