We all have a vision of the things we want to do and accomplish, but how one gets there is not as easy as just going from point A to point B. Sometimes you must take detours.
About 20 years ago I had this vision of owning a craft store. I wanted to sell my own creations, but also support other artists. I’ve primarily worked out of my home, sitting in front of the television, crocheting. Listening to music and wood burning, but it was never quite the vision I had in mind.
It has been a huge dream of my life. And then there were times I wanted to be a web-designer and decided to go to college for an associate’s degree.
In the process, I learned despite my disliking at math I am good at bookkeeping and all that it entails and another situation moved me towards my accounting degree.
But if I am going, to be honest, I always wanted to be a therapeutic foster mom. But when my youngest got diagnosed with a rare disorder, I knew I needed to pursue my therapy degree. And I did.
And here I sit, in my store reflecting on where I’ve been and how I got here. It was a lot of working, thinking and talking to the right kind of people. And getting over the fear.
But what exactly drives me? What drives you?
I fully believe we should all pursue everything we ever wanted to learn, know and do.
Not just professionally but anything that strikes our interested. Like writing a book, gardening, running, roller skating, starting a business.
I don’t just want to slice of cake. I want more than that. When I move on from this planet, yes, I would love to leave a legacy. But more than anything I want to know that I have followed every dream and vision I have had in my life.
Just because it’s an interest doesn’t mean it’s going to stick with me – or that it’s something I do professionally. I just want to know it for the sake of knowing, because we just never know where our roads lead. How things will come in “handy” and are useful perhaps to me as well as other people.
So how many interests have you followed?
How many have you brushed away thinking you can’t, don’t have the time or talked yourself out of it for another reason?
I encourage you at least try. Be open to exploring them. You may find that because it popped in your vision, doesn’t mean it’s what you are meant to do.
Maybe you will have numerous careers. So, what? Your life, your rules!