When I Grow Up – A Look At What Really Matters In Life

Well, that good ol’ writer’s block is back. My brain = fried, extra crisp. So I went back to my trusty Pinterest and searched for blog post topics. One that really caught my eye was “What I want to be in 10 years”. It took me back to my first year of school and the “Letter People”. Back to our kindergarten graduation and declaring to all “what I want to be when I grown up”. (My answer was teacher, by the way.)

Ever since we were small, people have been asking what we want to do with our life. Even at the age of 5 and 6 (or younger), we’ve been asked what our future career might look like. Then by 18 we’re supposed to have a set idea as we head off to college in pursuit of that career. From my own personal experience, this is a bit unrealistic. I thought I knew what I wanted: graphic designer my sophomore year, only to switch back to teacher my senior year, then wishing I’d taken more business classes in college.

Maybe you don’t agree. Maybe you stood there at kindergarten graduation, declaring to all what you wanted to do, you went to college and got a degree, and now you’re living out your life in the midst of that same career. Then again, maybe you don’t fit that mold. You’re still wandering a bit aimlessly, even though you’ve been done with high school for over 5 years. You still don’t have a clue. You’ve bounced from job to job, finding new interests along the way, but nothing’s set. That’s ok, too.

Here’s the deal: life is short. Super cliché, right? But seriously. Life is short. It’s busy and messy and goes by in the blink of an eye. Which means, it doesn’t matter what you choose career-wise, just make sure you’re happy. If you wake up every morning full of dread, stress, and possibly regret, it’s time to do something else with your life. It doesn’t matter if you’ve had the same passion since you were three or you’re always finding new passions, chase that spark. YOU are the only one that can make YOU totally happy. Read that again.

That saying “do more of what makes you happy” comes to mind here. It might seem like the perfect slogan for a mug or tote bag, but it’s a really great motto for life, too! So, what makes YOU happy? What gives you that spark? That passion? DO IT! {Cue excuses.} “I’m too busy. It’s too expensive. There’s not enough time. It’s silly.” I know. I’ve been there. Question: how often do you sit and scroll through social media on your phone? *Guilty!* Could you be using that time to learn, or paint, or run, or build furniture, or make jewelry, or [enter your passion here]?

Do you know what I want to be when I grow up? I want to be happy. I want to be a person that pursues passions, learns new things, and isn’t afraid to take chances. I want to do what excites me, and if that changes, I want to find something new and do that instead. I want to live without regrets and know that even if I didn’t always succeed, at least I tried.

So tell me, if you could do anything, literally ANYTHING, that would make you happier in life, what would it be? What’s holding you back? What is one thing you can do today to bring you closer to being your happiest self?


  1. In 3rd grade, I was sure I wanted to be an archaeologist! 😂 Now, I’ve finished graduate school…and I still don’t know what I want to do. This post spoke to me when I needed it most on a very relevant topic in my life. Thank you!

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