When I Grow Up

Thursday, March 31, 2016


"What do you want to be when you grow up?" 

When I was a little girl I always wanted to be a doctor, more specifically a pediatrician. Every year on Halloween I would beg my mom to buy me a doctors costume with little baby scrubs and all. Ironically I would usually get sick at every holiday and end up throwing up all over my doctor outfit, but I couldn't be deterred from this being the thing that I wanted to do. I'm not quite sure when that changed, but eventually my little five year old dream changed and like most kids, each week I wanted to be something else when I grew up. 

As I continued through school, it became increasingly harder to decide what path I wanted to go down. Choosing a major was hard, and as I'm one month away from graduation, my soon-to-be Liberal Studies Degree proves that it never became any easier. 

In an excruciatingly long car ride on Sunday Daniel and I were talking about all the things we would want to do if we could. I talked on and on about how when I watch any Food Network shows I'm convinced I should attend cooking school to become a chef. Every time I walk into an animal shelter or visit the zoo I just know that I should be working every day of my life with animals. When I watch a Disney movie and visit Disneyland there's no question in my mind that I need to pursue a job with the Disney company. When I buy new furniture and browse through the endless isles at Ikea I can imagine myself as an interior designer. And I'm not on track to be doing any of that.

But I could. 

At what point in our lives have we reached the place where we are already too "grown up" to decide what we want to be? Personally, I don't think we should ever cap that part of our lives with an age. Although I'm happy with what I have decided to do, I think that if I ever wasn't happy with it anymore than it should be perfectly acceptable for me to change my mind. And as time goes on, maybe I will end up doing one of those things because who says I can't? 

I think that it's never too late to do the things that you want to do. No one is too grown up, or too stuck in a position to change their minds about how they want to live or what they want to do, or who they want to be. If there's something you've always wanted to try, I say go for it. If you're happy where you are that's great too. Maybe tomorrow you'll decide you want to be an astronaut when you grow up, if someone said that to me I think that'd be pretty awesome. 

Be the person you want to be, not the person you think you have to be. You can do anything you want. 

2 comments:

  1. I absolutely love this and agree with it 100%! It is never too late to do what you want and to be happy doing it.

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  2. I agree with this in theory, but I'm a little bit more pessimistic about it. You always CAN change things, but that doesn't mean it's practical... I'm already up to my elbows in student loan debt and I wouldn't want to add any more to that!

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