What Do You Want to Be When You Grow Up?
February 19, 2020
Alexandra Wade

All of us have been asked in the past what we want to do as adults. I remember being fascinated by this question when I was a child. Contemplating and thinking of all the possibilities I have, I found joy in imagining my future as an adult. However, as I grew older, that question began frightening me.

See, not everyone knows what they want to do with their lives at a very young age. And let’s face it, as children, we can’t grasp and understand concepts such as a profession and future. We don’t have a clear understanding of who we are yet, so how can we determine what we want to do in the future?

I get it. I shouldn’t take it too far. It’s just a thing adults ask kids for amusement. Yet, too me, that question was everything but funny. See, it wasn’t until rather old age that I knew what I wanted to do with my life. I was afraid someone would ask me that question, as I had no answer to give. I feared that I will never know what I want to do with my life, that I won’t find my calling.

So, when I graduated at 18, with no real goal or idea of what I’ll do, I decided to take action. I went away on a trip, just me, to discover who I am. I worked a lot on myself, uncovering every layer. I thought about my passion, my strengths, my downfalls, my skills. I had to reach the core of my soul to understand what I want.

Thankfully, I did. I discovered that what I want to do, what I aspire to do, is teach. I have to point out that all of this could have ended differently. I might not have discovered what I want to do, and that’s completely fine. In today’s world, the profession is a lucid term. You can start a career in teaching and end up being a movie director. It happens.

So, if you are worried about not knowing what you want to do in the future, don’t. Trust the universe and its plans for you. Trust yourself to know what’s right for you. Go and discover yourself if necessary. You can achieve everything if you put your mind to it.

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