When I was in elementary school, I wanted to be a marine biologist. It was of no matter to me that I hated math and science. I loved animals, especially dolphins, and being a marine biologist was what I wanted to be, end of story. I vaguely remember sitting at care after school with a book on marine biology scribbling notes into my “marine biology notebook” about what the job entailed. I completely engulfed myself in my passion, and there was no doubt in my mind that I would grow up and be the best marine biologist ever (and swim with lots of dolphins, because that was my real motive).
Some time later, I set my heart on being a fashion designer. I didn’t care that I couldn’t sew, that wasn’t important and besides, I knew my grandma could teach me the basics. I obtained an awesome computer program in which I could create outfits and then Barbie would model them on the runway (yes, I still liked Barbie at an older age). I also spent lots of time doodling outfits in a notepad; I was obviously very professional.
I never became a marine biologist or a fashion designer, but as a result of reflecting on my dreams as a child I now see clearly how easy it can be to lose sight of your dreams as an adult. Now that I’m “grown up,” I wonder, how easily do we give up on our dreams when we enter the “real” world? Once we know the importance of finance and success in the working world, isn’t it easy to abandon our passion because of fear of the unknown?
I’m opening this one up to you guys – what do you think? Have you found yourself putting your dreams on the backburner because of a fear of failure? Do you think it’s easy to lose sight of your goals as an adult because of other factors in life?