Wednesday, April 13, 2011

What did you want to be when you were little?

"Imagination grows by exercise, and contrary to common belief, is more powerful in the mature than in the young.” - William Somerset Maugham

I have a theory that -for many of us- the time when we truly knew what we wanted to be in life was when we were young.  

As children, we imagined being teachers, rock stars, police officers, secretaries, moms and doctors- the world was completely ours for the making. 

We were mostly untainted by the influences that told us what we can or can't become, or what we should or shouldn't do.  And we hadn't developed those annoying voices within that started doubting our capabilities.   The probing question: "what would you do if you had an endless supply of money?"   is not too far afield from the question "what do you want to be when you grow up?"   In both cases we ask the same question - if you had no responsibilities (because you can afford it, or don't realize you are going to need to afford it)  what would you do with your life?

If you are - like many people - still wondering what you want to be when you grow up....and feeling a sense of urgency because you realize every day that you might actually already be grown up, and you still don't have a clue...

I recommend that you take some time to explore what things you imagined when you were a child.   What was your favorite game?  How did you like to spend your time?   Did you have a natural talent in music, or art, writing or sports?

We spend so much of our lives at work.  It is essential that we have careers that are aligned with our talents and passions...It is very good self care to love what you do each day!

Take Good Care!

***Artwork is IMAGINATION by ArchanN- check it out:

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