I Have No Idea What I Want to Be When I Grow Up and That's Okay.

Clearly, I am an adult.

My entire life I have been asked, "So, what do you want to be when you grow up?" And that answer has varied. For a while, I'd say, "A doctor!" And then, "A lawyer!" And when I realized how much time and money both of those professions require, my answer became, "I'm not sure." 

Once I was accepted to ASU, more and more people started asking me what I wanted to be when I grew up. And, I still had no idea. I majored in political science so everyone assumed I wanted to run for office -- definitely not the case. 

Things really came to a head when I graduated with my degree and I started on the job hunt.  People were asking what I wanted to do and I still had no idea.  And now that I have my first "adult" job -- I still have no idea what I want to be when I grow up.  

I don't think we have to know anymore or that our first career choice should determine what we do for our entire lives.  The economy has been so terrible that everyone I know just kind of took the first opportunity that came knocking. And there's nothing wrong with that.  A paycheck is necessary. 

But, people still feel the need to ask what I want to be when I grow up. And now, my answer is "Happy." All I want is to be happy.  I want a roof over my head, food in my belly, and to be with my friends and family.  As for career, who the hell knows?

Does anyone really know what they want to be? And for those of you that do -- that's awesome! I used to be incredibly jealous of your decisiveness. But now, I've realized that not knowing exactly what I want can lead to some incredible opportunities. If I had stuck on any of my original plans, I would not be where I am today or the person that I am today. And I love where I'm at in my life -- even if it wasn't exactly where I thought I'd be.

Growing up is hard. And no matter how old you are -- you're still growing up and figuring things out. I just don't think we have to know what we want to be when we grow up until we get there and realize, "Oh, this is it." 

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Wednesday, February 12, 2014

I Have No Idea What I Want to Be When I Grow Up and That's Okay.

Clearly, I am an adult.

My entire life I have been asked, "So, what do you want to be when you grow up?" And that answer has varied. For a while, I'd say, "A doctor!" And then, "A lawyer!" And when I realized how much time and money both of those professions require, my answer became, "I'm not sure." 

Once I was accepted to ASU, more and more people started asking me what I wanted to be when I grew up. And, I still had no idea. I majored in political science so everyone assumed I wanted to run for office -- definitely not the case. 

Things really came to a head when I graduated with my degree and I started on the job hunt.  People were asking what I wanted to do and I still had no idea.  And now that I have my first "adult" job -- I still have no idea what I want to be when I grow up.  

I don't think we have to know anymore or that our first career choice should determine what we do for our entire lives.  The economy has been so terrible that everyone I know just kind of took the first opportunity that came knocking. And there's nothing wrong with that.  A paycheck is necessary. 

But, people still feel the need to ask what I want to be when I grow up. And now, my answer is "Happy." All I want is to be happy.  I want a roof over my head, food in my belly, and to be with my friends and family.  As for career, who the hell knows?

Does anyone really know what they want to be? And for those of you that do -- that's awesome! I used to be incredibly jealous of your decisiveness. But now, I've realized that not knowing exactly what I want can lead to some incredible opportunities. If I had stuck on any of my original plans, I would not be where I am today or the person that I am today. And I love where I'm at in my life -- even if it wasn't exactly where I thought I'd be.

Growing up is hard. And no matter how old you are -- you're still growing up and figuring things out. I just don't think we have to know what we want to be when we grow up until we get there and realize, "Oh, this is it." 

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At February 15, 2014 at 3:28 PM , Blogger Jenna Brussee said...

I feel you on this one! I think I'll say "happy" from now on too.

 
At February 16, 2014 at 12:27 AM , Blogger Christina Hecht said...

I can tell you, I still have no clue what I want to be when I "Grow Up" so you are not the only one. And you are right, sometimes opportunities can take you in an entirely other direction then you had originally planned. So your choice to just roll with it and choose "Happy" as your answer sounds like a good plan to me. :)
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At February 16, 2014 at 9:22 AM , Blogger Hockey Wife, Hockey Life said...

I feel you on this one! I used to (and somewhat still do!) want to always work in restaurants…until my priorities shifted, and now I would rather focus on my husband and future family. Its completely changed the work aspect of life for me, so I'm right with you on having no idea and just wanting to be happy!

 
At February 16, 2014 at 7:31 PM , Blogger Kaileigh said...

I think it's definitely the easiest answer!

 
At February 16, 2014 at 7:32 PM , Blogger Kaileigh said...

Exactly. I entered my twenties with a very specific plan for my life and it didn't end up like that. And, truthfully, I'm thankful it didn't. I've had some amazing opportunities not following my original plan that I wouldn't be who I am today without. Thanks for stopping by!

 
At February 16, 2014 at 7:33 PM , Blogger Kaileigh said...

Things are always changing and this notion of having a set plan is so limiting. We have no idea what tomorrow will bring. I like the idea of just focusing on being happy and figuring things out as they come.

 

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