After 20 years of life I still get nervous when somebody asks me what I want to be when I grow up. Over the years my dreams have changed, I went from wanting to be a fire truck (yes the truck not the fighter) to being the first astronaut to fly out of the galaxy.
Living in a world without limits was probably the best thing about being a kid. You could aspire to be whatever you wanted because reality was a far off thought.
But once reality hits, it’s almost as if you have to slow that dream train to a harsh stop. Sure, I have a firm grasp that becoming a fire truck is almost impossible (keyword, almost) but now a days it seems like anything you do could lead you into a pit of despair if you are not careful.
If you haven’t hit that reality, then someone is quick to remind you that if you don’t have a steady 401K by 30 then you’re doomed. For me, I hear it about every day.
I have wanted to be in the entertainment industry since about 7th grade, more specifically a comedian and I am completely terrified.
Not a day goes by without somebody encouraging me to play it safe and stick to something secure. It’s not that I’m trying to be rebellious and give my parents sleepless nights, but I don’t want my dreams to alter because of the fear of the unknown.
I have a goal and to be completely honest I just don’t see myself working a steady 9 to 5 job in any field.
But my ambitions are what help me ride along with my fear, which is what I have come to realize is the real difference in how you approach your dreams. Acknowledge the fear that comes with it, because as soon as you overcome that fear then you need to find a new dream.