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Are You Living Out Your Childhood Dreams?

By La Shell Reid Hoilett

Are You Living Your Childhood Dreams?

Ok so when I was a child, I would hold up a newspaper everyday and read aloud, pretending that I was a newscaster. It was who I wanted to be when I grew up. Of course when you actually do grow up, many up of us just go with the flow. We kind of fall into the mould and go where we think we can make a descent living. As it stands, based on a recent study, only 6% of us achieve our childhood dreams.

I kind of fell into my early career and liked it enough to stay in it for 10 years. I moved on from that one and have been in a new one for about three years.

But I often wonder, if given a chance to start over, who would I be? Knowing what I know now, would I be doing the same thing? Would I be the same person? I’m inclined to say no. I’ve heard people say they would not change a thing in their lives, it’s shaped them to be who they are today. But what if you don’t like who you are today?

As a child I saw myself as a newscaster but now as an adult, knowing everything that I know, career, family, relationships and all, I’ve made a 180 and would rather be a travel writer if given the opportunity.

It’s far from the glamour you see on Instagram and Pinterest, but I think it’s so worth it if that’s where your heart is. Not to mention I think I’d be phenomenal in that role. I love to travel, I love to write, so why not right?

Someone recently told me that it’s not too late. Well I’d have to agree and disagree with that. I implore others to never give up their dreams, but that is within reason. Life is good as is but it’s not iron clad. Whose is? If I were to give up current fulfilling career, I’d lose so many things that I hold close and cherish. I’d have a chance at my dream body of work, but at what cost?

On the other hand, no one wants to move along in life with too many “what if’s”. So what can you do? Give up, move on and appreciate what you already have? Or go after that dream? Follow it to the ends of the earth? Only you can answer that.

To combat the conflict of my inability to leave behind what I consider my dream job and my contentment with my current career path, I have mixed them together. I get to have my cake and eat it too. I choose to keep going in the direction of my current career path while adding a touch of this here writing.

This little blog here is a place of release for me. I finally have something to bridge the gap. To fill that desire to do something else. I love to travel, try new things, gain different experiences, and finally, to talk about it. I get to do that here. There is a lot to say and now, I have all of you people on the interwebs to listen to me!

Do I still want to be a newscaster as in my childhood dreams? Hmm, can’t say. I haven’t thought about that in a long time and I guess that’s just how life is. Often times you control your direction, but in other times, you move with the flow.

I must say that I love when people actually end up doing exactly what they always wanted to. It gives me some hope as corny and superficial as it may sound, that dreams really do come true.

What about you? Are you who you thought you’d be? Career and otherwise? Tell us!

Thanks for stopping by!

 

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  Comments: 16

16 responses to “Are You Living Out Your Childhood Dreams?”

  1. JeeYoung says:

    I think I wanted to be something else career wise when I was a kid. But, I’ve definitely found my happily ever after that I so wished for when I was younger! I agree, it’s never too late!

  2. As a kid I had fantasy jobs like unicorn wrangler lol, but as an adult I think I have found my happy place for sure even though it involves models and not unicorns.

    xoxo Christie
    http://www.icanstyleu.com/blog/

  3. Nikki Gwin says:

    I cannot remember ever having a deep wish for any particular career. In fact, that was my downfall. When I went to college I had no plan and no idea what I wanted to do or be. So yes, I ended up in whatever came along and then was stuck there to make a living. I do have to say though, that I am in a good job and a good atmosphere so I can’t complain. However, given the choice now, I would go back and become a flight attendant or some other type of travel related job. Maybe a travel agent or planner.
    🙂 gwingal

  4. I love this post! As a child, I wanted to be a marine biologist, but that was only because I loved animals and it sounds fun! Today I run my own blog and am a full time marketing coordinator in a corporate office, so nothing close to a marine biologist ;). I also live in the midwest, so a marine biologist can’t happen here…

  5. LeeAnn says:

    Love this post! I think when we are younger we have grande dreams for our future. But once the realities of life set in, our priorities often change. Many women give up corporate jobs to be SAHM’s and others just simply end up on different paths than they intended. But it is never too late to get back on that path if it’s something you really want to do. With the internet and technology, so much is literally at your fingertips and being a Mom doesn’t have to be seen as an obstacle!

  6. I’ve always loved writing when I was a kid. I did well in subjects like English and Filipino (my native language) as well as Reading, Language, and Public Speaking because I’ve always been drawn into prose and literature. I took up Industrial Engineering in college because I knew at the time that there’s no money in journalism/mass communication. As it turns out, I will fall in love with blogging, so I feel like in that way, I’m still living my childhood dream.

  7. Kelsey says:

    It is great to remember what we wanted to be as kids. I love watching my kids dream.

  8. So relatable! When I was a child, I went through so many stages of what I wanted to be, mostly centering on an Egyptologist and a district attorney. I’m a long shot away from that today. I currently own a blog, Shutters and Honey, and I am a photographer. Funny how times change!

  9. Camille says:

    My career dreams as a child were fairly frivolous but they were mine. I wanted to be a Dallas Cowboy Cheerleader (because obviously from Dallas) and when I was a teenager, I wanted to be model. I did model a bit but life definitely took a safe path. Blogging has helped me bridge the gap as well. I get to “work” in fashion and model clothes. I enjoy it and am not the least bit ashamed to say it!

    Camille
    http://www.thecocooners.com

  10. Ellie Chan says:

    Now this is a post!! I have to admit that i’m kinda glad I’m not living out my Childhood dream as my dream was to be a Princess and that’s just waaay too much drama for me… bizarrely after that I wanted to be a Lawyer!! Not sure what I was thinking. I think the dreams I have now are more for me and my Husband collectively but I never lost the creativity in me and a lot of my childhood dreams were involved a fair amount of creativity!

  11. When I was really young, I wanted to be a teacher and a BnB host. Then I switched to being a librarian. Then I went to college for Sports Medicine. Now, three years post college I’m a travel agent. I want to be a mom when I grow up. I’ve never considered myself an indecisive person, but when I write that all out, I kind of look like one! But in my mind, as long as I’m happy and I can pay my bills and the people around me are happy, then I’m living out my childhood dream!

    • renee says:

      so true I wanted to be a teacher as a young child I eventually did and recently I feel as if I am in the wrong feild I love to teach I have a passion and drive for it but it just can’t pay the bills I started an online business part time and now I am starting to see that it’s up to me to do what I love to be happy

  12. Allison says:

    I’ve thought about this lately! It’s interesting to see where we are as opposed to where we thought we’d be!

  13. Pretty nice post. I simply stumbled upon your blog and wished to say that I have really loved surfing around your weblog posts.

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