Who here has been asked the question, "what do you want to be when you grow up?"
I assume we all have.
At age five maybe your answer was an astronaut. At age 10, maybe it was a professional sports player. Then as the years go on, and as life, or society, forces you to choose, the answer becomes a little more complicated. At least for me this is what happened.
I have a theory.
Some know, right from the start. Type one. "I want to be a doctor. I want to save lives. That's my calling." And they go to med school, become a doctor, and they are fulfilled. They are successful and happy in their life, in their job and they don't dream of anything else, because they're living their ultimate dream. I am not one of these people. These people do exist though, and they deserve a lot of credit because they do have it all figured out at a young age, and ultimately, they are exceptionally happy once they follow their life dreams and take on the role of whatever it is that they have aspired to be. I applaud these people, society applauds these people.
Then there are the type two's. (Me.) My dream changes like my outfits. I could not tell you how many professions I have dreamed of having. And all along, this pressure of having to choose has made me feel like maybe I was faulted.
See, in my opinion, we are taught that we need to be all be the type ones. We are almost forced into it. We are told to choose a college major before we can even legally be considered an adult.
...But I have had so many ideas, so many "callings." I would always be jealous of those who knew. Because it was never clear to me what I was "meant" to do.
Throughout my life I have gone in so many different directions. I worked retail and did really well, I went to school for fashion. Then Psychology. Then I noticed I also loved nutrition... changing my major to dietetics. Then I found the world of holistic health, which I quickly chose over dietetics. During this, I began getting into fitness, and before you know it, I'm a Pilates instructor. Who took some time off school to "figure it out."
After exploring and traveling, I realized how much I loved being surrounded by constant sun and salt water. So much that I picked up and moved to Hawaii. I began my own business health coaching and teaching private lessons to anyone and everyone. I began diving into yoga and followed those dreams to Bali to become certified to teach. Now I'm traveling globally to do retreats followed by opening up a wellness studio. Am I done? Is this my dream? Right now it is. But I can't promise I won't take an interest in something else. I may even completely change course. Who knows.
All of my life I have let myself feel discouraged. Feel like maybe I have commitment issues or poor decision making skills. Maybe I have no purpose because I get bored and move on to the next thing that catches my interest. But what I've realized is no, I'm not any less of a person because I have numerous interests. I am multi-talented. The people like me balance out the "type one's." And vice versa. We are both important in this world. We are both useful. We are both successful. Instead of putting one down, it is important to lift each other up. To applaud those who know exactly what path they want to take, and to also applaud those who have no idea. Or in my case...have too many ideas. It's important to never dull anyones shine. And it's even more important to never let others dull your own shine.
Don't be afraid of failure, don't be afraid to change course.
It is never too late to start over. Life is short. Live it your way.