The Willow Brook Life

Balancing Time, Money & Life

What Did You Want to Be When You Grew Up?

When you were young did you ever daydream in class about the wonderful things you were going to do and be when you “grew up?”

Were you going to change the world, but somehow the world sort of changed you? There were day’s you had no idea but it didn’t matter because you were too busy living the utmost careless life. Then one day you woke up to bills, appointments, jobs, class schedules, deadlines, relationship navigation, health scares…….responsibility.

Are you still waiting to be what you wanted when you “grew up?”

Life goes fast when we aren’t watching it pass.

Money flies out of our wallets when we aren’t telling it where to go

Relationships fade and die when we don’t nurture them.

Health deteriorates when it isn’t maintained or a priority.

Sadly, carefree timelessness and days of no responsibility come and go without ceremony. There is no threshold we pass into adulthood. It begins and evolves into itself. Sometimes we get lost in the transition.

We start out with dreams, goals, ambitions. Then we follow a crowd that is following each other, and we find ourselves in a grey mass of clones.

But we didn’t start out as clones. We were unique, our talents were different, and our dreams were our own.

You are still that child with a great future ahead of you. All you have to do is decided to turn around and go the other way, against the crowd of normal, and figure out……YOU!

little-girl-2516582_640My father used to say “if the crowd is going one way, always go the opposite, and you’ll be fine.”

This advice got more and more relevant as I got older even though he gave it to me as a child.

I would sit on my bed and loath being different, until one day my difference and ability to go against the crowd made me a unique commodity.

You were created to do something no one else can. You were not created to be like or do something someone else is doing or being. It’s super hard to figure out your special little something. It’s scary to create yourself and your life to look different than the successful people around you. It’s good to have role models that you want your life to look like, but you have to make your life yours.

You may have gone to college, gotten the degree, have the “responsibility” now. You probably silenced that little spark that makes you come alive long time ago. Shoving it far back because it would make waves or cause ripples. But if you were to be true to yourself and let yourself dream about it again you would have to admit it makes you come alive to think about those things, those far out almost impossible things that you want to do, have, and be when you “grow up.”

child-1051288_640However, to be able to be true to who you are, why you were created, and live the best life you can you have to allow yourself to drink in the feelings you get when you do allow yourself to dream again.

You aren’t dead. You are living, breathing, evolving, changing, and becoming every minute of every day. You can change your current life today. It might not look different to the outside world tomorrow, but every flood begins with a drop of rain.

Begin today.

  1. Go somewhere quiet and shut off all disturbances
  2. Grab a notebook, journal, or pad and a pen
  3. Sit and be with your own thoughts. For just a couple min let the silence wash over you, let your mind get out all those racing thoughts, and then let yourself start to picture what it really wants.
  4. Start to take notes of what excites you. What makes you come alive. Is it the thought of money, freedom, helping others, traveling, creating something that has never been created?
  5. Take note of the theme that your thoughts and emotions have, and you will begin to find your purpose

You might not get a concrete answer right away as to your life purpose, you might need to do this several times before you can really picture your life destiny. But I promise you will figure it out.

I truly believe there is no such thing as an accident in this world. I believe that you were created perfectly for this time, in your circumstances. No matter who you are, what your ability, and who you know, I believe that you were put here to make a great difference in YOUR world.

You will not only be the happiest you can be doing what you were meant to do, but you will leave a legacy the world would have been missing if you don’t!

What do you want to be when you grow up?

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