As kids, most of us were told we could grow up and become anything we want to be…
My friends, co-workers, neighbors, etc that happen to be parents also encourage their kids to dream big and ensure them, that they too, can be anything they want to be when they grow up.
Astronaut and walk on the moon…ok!
President of the US…of course!
Doctor/lawyer/teacher/etc…yes, yes, and yes.
As kids…we believed it. The world was at our fingertips and we could be anything we wanted to be when we grew up. It was exciting to think of the possibilities!
But, somewhere along the way, we lost that belief. We stopped believing we could be anything we wanted to be.
Sure, part of it was because reality set in and we realized that space missions don’t really go to the moon anymore. Or, perhaps we realized to be President you have to be a politician and we didn’t really think that part through as a wee one dreaming big!
But, there are other things that start to creep into our dreams….messages from society that we can’t or shouldn’t be something for any number of ridiculous reasons. Well meaning friends or family suggesting that something isn’t quite in our reach (growing up in the South, we call that gettin' too big for your britches!).
Maybe it’s our own insecurities that start to mold our minds differently and make our options appear smaller and more limited.
We learn to follow the rules, do what we’re supposed to, and as a result, our dreams shrink because it’s more realistic or less selfish.
Why can’t we still believe we can be whatever we want??
Sure, we might drop the fantastical dreams like walking on the moon, but maybe we translate that into climbing a mountain or jumping out of a plane...
Maybe the idea of being President doesn’t tickle our fancy anymore, but heading up own company one day might get the adrenaline pumping.
What message does that send to the very kids we’re telling….’you can be whatever you want to be’?
Being what you want to be doesn’t mean you have to change jobs, travel the world, or give up your responsibilities.
There are SO many ways you can take those big dreams from your childhood and bring them into your adulthood!
The key is to ask yourself why you wanted to be whatever you wanted to be when you grew up, or do whatever you dreamed of doing. Take the why behind it and figure out ways to bring that into your life now.
If you do want to change things up and switch careers, move across the country (or the world!), or leave a relationship for which you’re settling…what’s holding you back?
When you’re 80, do you want to look back on your life and see that you at least tried for the things you wanted, or do you want to see yourself giving up at every opportunity to chase that little nugget of light that ignites because you were too busy playing into the ‘what ifs’ and whatever other fears your mind will spin for you?
I’d love to encourage you, today, to stop listening to those limited fears and to stand up to them and prove them wrong. Use that annoying little voice that tells you that you can’t or shouldn’t do something and prove it wrong.
Prove yourself wrong, by going out there, dreaming big, and making it happen!