Children are asked the same question over and over again:
What do you want to be when you grow up?
They often come up with amazing answers to this question, like: ‘Mermaid’, ‘Pirate’ or ‘Turtle’. As they grow older, the answers tend to become more realistic and socially acceptable like: ‘Firefighter’ or ‘Lawyer’.
There comes a point in each of our lives that the question isn’t about what you want to be but rather about what it is you do. This is usually when you enter the ‘professional field’.
This is where it gets tricky.
What I do to make a living (i.e. pay the bills) doesn’t sum up what I do. It’s a small part of all the things I enjoy doing, actually. What is it I do? I write, I take photos, I cook, I laugh, I read tons of non-fiction, I have a webshop in sustainability, I play tennis, I swim, I work in an office, I am an aunt, I am a daughter, I am a sister, I am a young woman, I enjoy travelling (I think my point is clear).
So, the next time someone asks you: What is it you do?
Answer with all the things you enjoy doing. And ask them in return the question you were asked as a child:
Who do you want to be(come)?
I’m sure this holds up for a much more interesting conversation. It leaves space for creativity, dreams, passion projects, art, future goals and [fill in blankspace].
Love + Peace + Dolphins,