When I was a tadpole, I knew I wanted to be a writer. But I also wanted to be an astronaught, a detective, and a firefrog. As youngsters, we have all sorts of dreams about what we want to be when we grow up. Yet, many adults aren't living out any of their childhood aspirations. They find themselves in jobs they don't much like; job that that pay the bills but don't fulfill any deep-rooted needs or longings. Why is that? Fear is a big part of it. And time. And obligations. There are so many reasons NOT to do what we love and, perhaps, were actually meant to do. I, for one, think it's never too late to start over. Even if it's just taking one class. Just because you have an interest in a particular subject or career, doesn't mean you have to chuck everything and hop in with both flippers! First, just test the waters. You may find out it isn't as great as you once thought, or maybe it's something you want to dabble in, like art, and not take it on as a full-time career. But then again, maybe you'll find that it's the perfect fit and something you're really good at...a dream come true, so to speak. Take me for example. I wanted to be a firefrog when I grew up. So, the other day, I contacted the local fire department and asked them if I could tag along for a day. They agreed and I spent an entire day doing what I thought I wanted to do as a young tadpole. Guess what? I had tons of fun but found out that I'm not well-suited to the life, at least as a full-time job. I am much happier sitting at my computer and writing. But what if I hadn't "tried it on for size"? I might have wondered my whole life what I had missed out on by writing and not fighting fires. It was a great opportunity and one I'll never regret. Go ahead and take a risk. Try living out one of your childhood fantasies. You might not actually get to go into outer space, like an astronaught, but you can read about it, or take a class in astonomy. You'll learn something new...and that's always good and, I bet, you'll have a little fun while you're at it and you'll feel like a kid again.
Land of Lily Pad's first published author. I enjoy writing fun and educational books for kids. My blog is for you parents; the kiddos might like some of them, too. As always, everything I write is family-friendly, so don't hesitate to share my messages with everyone. I hope you find them helpful and maybe even inspirational. Cheers!