Disney has made a fortune telling us that “when you wish upon a star, your dreams come true”. And they aren’t the first or only ones that do that. Think back; what did you dream of or wish for when you were little? What do your kids wish for now? What do you wish for now? Do you encourage your children in dreaming, or do you try to orient them to the harsh realities of life?
Let’s face it, not many people get to do what they love for a career. And even if you do achieve success in your career, do you achieve it elsewhere in life too (love, friendships, health). Or is it just a fact that you can’t “have it all?” You certainly can’t be a hundred percent satisfied ALL the time. But what about those dreams? The ones that stick with you, that nag at you. Is it ever too late for those?
Something hit me like a ton of bricks recently. A self-realization. I’ll be 34 next month and after many years of total indecisiveness and doubt I realized exactly what I should have done as a career. A journalist. It may seem a little obvious, or dumbfounding that I didn’t figure this out sooner, but that’s just one of my many quirks. So now I have 3 kids, a husband, and a job and I wouldn’t trade my family for anything, so how do I make my dreams come true? It would also appear that I have picked an area that is undergoing massive change and decline. Good choice huh? It’s not to say that I am complaining here. Like I said I have been lucky to find my love and have 3 beautiful children with him. It’s just that I almost feel like my career clock is ticking and that I have been missing, partly through choice and partly through happenstance, the opportunities to make a clear path for myself. After all the kids are getting older by the day, and soon they wont need me as much, so what will I do then? The last thing I want to do when I am old a grey, is look back with regret for not trying to achieve something.
So what do you think? Is there a point in time when you should give up on your dreams and focus on making your reality better? Is there a way to have your responsibilities taken care of and achieve your goals? Would you be just as satisfied if you could achieve a small piece of your dream instead of the big shebang? My indecisiveness tell me that I’m not sure of any of this yet. But I intend to be prepared with an umbrella for the next blow of self-realization!