Sunday, May 23, 2010

Livin' the Dream?

When I was a kid, we didn't have "Career Day" - those school days when adults (typically, parents) come into the classroom to discuss their career choices and talk with the students about their career aspirations. Because, we all know what we want to be when we're 8. Being that I never experienced a "Career Day," I can't say too much about it, except that even though kids typically have no clue what their parents do for a living, with such an educational day, at least they might get an glimpse of what options are out there. Maybe.

I don't recall receiving too much career guidance in high school or college either. Maybe I wasn't driven enough to seek the answers, but I think it was that I didn't even know what questions to ask. Even when selecting a college major, as a young adult, I had no idea what was out there or what I could even do with my degree once I graduated. I envy those who ever had such clarity in their life's direction. I graduated with honors in my major and have done well enough in my career since then.

Now, as an adult, I find myself wondering yet again, "What do I want to be when I grow up?"


I know what I've done, kinda know what I could do with my experiences going forth, but there is a nagging feeling that there is still more out there, more that I can do with my time here on Earth. And in typical Chrissy fashion, I find myself too scared to take the leap into the void to seek what that could be. After all, I'm not getting any younger, and there is more at stake now than when I first left college.

Someone I know recently made the decision to explore that void, and I am in awe of her. She did the brave thing and is seeking to fulfill her dreams. She has talent like no one I've known, and whatever she does, I am confident she will do amazing things. She listened to that voice within her, growing louder over time, pushing her in the direction she was meant to travel. I'm straining to listen to mine...or at least accept what it is saying.

So, because I'm struggling with this, I would really like your feedback:
Have you followed your career dream? If so, are you happy that you did? If not, why not?


Sarah said...

I've been wondering about this my whole life. Feeling so unsure about it made the transitions from HS to college, and then from college to work, really hard.

I'm at a place now where I'm enjoying where I am but trying to stay open. I hope that's "right".

Christine said...

Sarah - that sounds pretty good to me. I guess that's what it's all about: finding something you enjoy that is satisfying and rewarding.

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Coach T said...

I have followed my dream even though it is not my full source of income. My dream was to help people. It took me several years to figure out how to do this without hurting myself. When I finally did, (10 years later) now I am mastering it. I love to inspire people so I created my site The whole site is devoted to just that whether its weight loss, going back to school, getting over a relationship or building self-esteem. (even personal finances like credit). Following my dream to do this for a living I am getting my Life Coach certification as well as my fitness and PT certification to actually take my dream to the next level. For now, I have my blogsite as well as many forums I am members of. I would say to you, to know what your dream career is figure out what would you do for the rest of your life even if you were NOT paid to do it. Then figure out how you could be paid for it! I would love to work with you on this. Let me know if it helps!!!

Christine said...

Thanks, Coach T. I think my dream is to write and help people through my writing, whatever that may be. I don't have a degree in journalism or English and feel like I need that in order to be where I want to be. I know people spend years building a career in this area, and I would be jumping in late, if at all. For now, my blog will have to do until I can figure out another way around this :)