Like every other kid, I had a few ideas about what I wanted to be when I grew up. One in particular came after watching Star Wars and Space Camp and that was being an astronaut. (If you have never seen Space Camp, please pause here and go find it on iTunes. We’ll wait till you come back.)
I thought the idea of blasting off into a place where few people have ever been was THE COOLEST thing in the world. This dream lasted only as long as it took for me to discover that one of the things that you need to know to be an astronaut is math….and this is where my space dreams died.
It was when I was in middle school that writing began to appeal to me. Mostly because I would journal, everyday. I liked writing short stories or little poems and sketches that struck my fancy and it was something that came easily; mostly because I think it was something I never gave any serious consideration to. When I had the opportunity to discuss possible career options in school, writing was not even a possibility. And maybe that was done because the success margin in this career field is very slim. Who knows?
But my next choices in life came because I never put too much energy into planning my future. In fact, I used to resent the kids in school who already had colleges and careers picked out like they were following a very detailed road map. A road map that I somehow couldn’t find. That kind of clarity is something that I still struggle with as an adult.
But writing keeps me sane. (This is kind of funny because it also drives me insane – ha!) Writing has always been my escape and it makes me happy. I keep writing for these very reasons, even if I’m not a New York Times Bestselling Author right now.
I love talking to people who have discovered their professional passion and are working in their dream job. Do you know anyone like that? How about you? Are you working in your dream job?