When we were kids in school, we would make a list of the things we wanted to be when we grew up. Some of us wanted to be Doctors, others Scientists, others Astronauts. Some of us wanted to be Singers, others Ballerinas, others Musicians.
All of us as young kids are drawn to connect and explore our passion and our dreams because it brings us joy. It fulfills us. We love it, and we never ever tire of it. We can literally spend hours and hours immersing ourselves in it. We lose ourselves in the journey of connecting and exploring our calling.
Some of us never changed our minds about who we wanted to be. Some of us had a clear path – a vision of exactly what we wanted to do and how we were going to get there. Some of us went the distance and did exactly what we always wanted to do.
But for others, this was only a temporary dream. It was something that we, as children, thought of only in that moment, and didn’t take as seriously as we should have. A lot of us got lost. We couldn’t choose, or choices were made for us. I share my journey here on our website, under a headline entitled “Baby Steps”.
And now that we’re adults, we’re looking back at that list of things we wanted to be and we’re wondering what happened.
The farther away we get from our passion and our childhood dreams … the unhappier and depressed, and yes even sick we can become.
We may not be where we want to be. We may look at others in comparison and wonder why we haven’t followed our dreams. But that’s not the point. For those of us who may not have it all figured out, start making a new list! It doesn’t matter what it is, as long as it matters to us!!
We all have our own unique path that we must choose for ourselves. It’s not that we got it wrong while others got it right. It’s just that we haven’t rediscovered it yet. But when we do, we will get there. Of course, we will get there. Because it’s never too late to be what you might have been.
As Picasso remarked, ‘Every child is born an artist. The trick is remaining one as an adult.’ Passion, commitment, and most of all, the courage to be a beginner, are the qualities that it takes—and qualities that are well within our grasp.