This is a question I have been pondering for a while, because at College, we had goals and dreams. While I didn’t know what I wanted to do when I left school, I knew I wanted an outdoors job – instead I ended up working inside. But then five years ago I rediscovered by original dreams of writing and I have been doing so ever since. While I haven’t actually published anything yet, my dream was to write.
Another friend of mine was an artist. She still is. That is her dream and she is realising it. How many people out there are stymied and stifled because they didn’t follow their goals and dreams? How many people did I go to school with are wondering why their life is unsatisfactory and why didn’t they follow their dreams?
I left school, worked for a year before I discovered National Business Certificate. I studied for two years (failing economics twice!) before I got married and my first husband refused to let me study any further. I had to get a job. Three years later the marriage was over, and I was still working in an office job – although I did get training and ended up with a Diploma in Loss Adjusting (lot of good is does me outside of the insurance industry!).
While life circumstances prevented me following my goals and dreams, sometimes those dreams do change. I loved working in Insurance, and I got good at it. But after 13 years of being bitched at, complained to, and dealing with people at their worst, I needed to find something else more fulfilling.
And now I work as a teacher aide to the seniors in the school – currently I work with Year 9 (13 year olds), a year 11 and two year 12’s. I love this work because I get to see the looks on these kids faces when they finally get something. I now also have several really good friends in the Year 9 class.
So while writing is a lifelong goal, I think that sometimes life changes and you have to go with the flow, but always make sure you are doing something that satisfies you, makes you excited about getting up every morning and is rewarding, because the rewards are the best thing. Even if it is just a smile.