You could be an astronaut, a doctor, a professional soccer player. No one judged you. No one told you that you couldn’t do it, that it wouldn’t be practical.
I wanted to be a marine biologist. I loved dolphins. I was fascinated by them. I even got my scuba diving certificate when I was 12. Then I went to college and struggled with my Zoology course. I had friends who worked at a dolphin aquarium and always smelled like fish. The smell was in their clothes, car, everything! No matter how many times they washed their hands, the smell was still there. I quickly realized that maybe I needed to rethink my career choice…
But I still think back to those days when working with dolphins was my dream. The idea that it may be difficult for me, or that dolphins smelled, never even crossed my mind. That’s what is great about the mind of a child. There is nothing you CAN’T do, and everything is magical. Anything is possible!
I may not be a marine biologist today, but I love what I do. And I learned a lot about myself along the way to finding my final career choice. I learned I was artistic, that I loved technology. And that we, as people, are ever-changing. And even as we find that we may not be able to do what we once thought, there are exciting new things that we never realized were possible.
What did you want to be when you grew up? Why did that change? What did you learn about yourself along the way? I’d love to hear your comments below!