I still don’t know what I want to be when I grow up!

A young boy dreams big dreams of what lies beyond
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Does this sound familiar to you?  Maybe you’ve been talking to your own kids about their career plans and their dreams for when they grow up and you jokingly say ‘I’m still not sure what I want to be when I grow up’.

You giggle about it at the time and later in the day it hits you.  How come I still don’t know what I want?  How do some people get there when I don’t.  Is it really that hard to have a dream about what I want to be?  Maybe I’m destined to be nothing.

That last one is pretty hard.  I imagine if you’ve ever heard yourself say it, it’s also hard to hear.

But the fact that you know you’ve not reached your calling in life is telling.  You know there is more, you know you have more to give.  The fact that you haven’t found it yet doesn’t mean that you aren’t destined to find it.  Perhaps your life has been preoccupied with other things up until now, kids, health, education, career – it all can take us away from the big passions in our life.

Except sometimes the passions and feelings come back.

Listen to them.


You say you don’t know what you want to be when you grow up.

I say you’ve just not defined your dream enough.

You wonder why others seem to have this all mapped out and you haven’t.

I say that you never know what dreams and passions lay unfulfilled in any of us, even the most successful people will have things they haven’t done.

You think that you’re destined to be Nothing, to be a Nobody, to just be normal.

I say rubbish!  We are all somebody and we all have desires and dreams and passions.  Sometimes they lay unchecked, but by acknowledging a dissatisfaction with the state of play, you’re one step closer to reaching for them.


Take these moments as cues from your subconcious that you want more from life.  Take action. 

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