Do you remember dreaming when you were a child?
When we were 5 we were asked “What do you want to be when you grow up?” we answered with things like “Clown”, “Pizza maker”, “Ballerina”, “Princess”, “A Cowboy” and of course many more. In our hearts we all knew that that is what we would become.
Then when we were 10 we were asked the same thing. “What do you want to be when you grow up?” And mostly our answers will be the same, but maybe a little more realistic; “Fireman”, “Policeman”, “Race car driver”, “Mechanic”, “Actor”, “Writer”. Again, we know in our hearts that we will reach this goal.
So when we get to be a teenager and we get asked the question again we now know what is plausible and what isn’t. “What do you want to be when you grow up?”; “A Teacher”, “A Lawyer”, “A nurse” and so many more admirable things. But somewhere between teen years and adult years something changes.
I am 22 and ask me what I want to be when I grow up. I’ll tell you… “I have no idea. I guess I’ll just stay in retail and have a family.” Where did my dreams go? I was so adamant when I was young that I would be a teacher, as I came into late teens I thought about nursing. I was so adamant that I would never stop until I reached my goals and my dreams became reality. Now? I can’t even remember why I wanted to be a teacher.
When did we stop dreaming?
2015 is the year I’m hoping that my dreams come back and hit me in the face with full force. I want to wake up one day and say “Oh my god. Why have I not already done this?”. I want to remember how it feels running head on to a dream that I know is just a footstep away. I want to feel like nothing can stop me. But most of all, I want the joy when I reach my dream to fill me up and explode. I want to dream again.
I always ask everyone this question when I meet new people “What do you want to be when you grow up?” and I like to think that one day I’ll be able to convince someone that the dream they had when they were 10 can still be a reality.
It’s never too late to dream. So let’s get dreaming.
What is your dream? I secretly still think I’ll be a pop star.