From the time we are young we are told to follow our dreams, do what you love and you’ll love what you do, and on and on…
To that I say – hooey.
If I did what I loved I would be knuckles deep in the earth pulling weeds, planting bulbs and tending the garden of my dreams all day long with breaks to go to the greenhouse.
But we live in Alberta where winter rears her ugly head mid October and doesn’t release her icy grip until the end of April… if we are lucky.
Who can honestly make a living at that?
Sure, there are some who do and to them I say – kudos.
But, it is unrealistic and quite mean to tell the youngsters that their career can be anything they dream when really it is only for some but not most.
There was a time when working at a dingy motel as a chambermaid was a very respectable choice.. for a summer job.
It wasn’t my dream job but who cared?
I was leaving my small town roots for college in the big city.
For the past 20 years I have been forming and shaping young minds working in a variety of different Early Childhood Education settings.
There is nothing wrong with an honest day of work if you are proud of what you do and are satisfied with it.
If you are not satisfied, by all means go for the golden ring, but looking back to when I first grabbed that ring, I was.
I’m not so sure. I’m not.
Am I settling?
If I had gone after my dream of being an undercover spy or a starving actor (which really was the plan) I would have missed out on a most amazing life.
I can think of ten other things that I am thankful for that don’t revolve around my dream job – I have a job and up until a year ago I would have told you I was happy with, at I can leave the stress of work behind to be with my family, my kids are good kids, we have several close friends that are like family, I have a great marriage with a supportive and loving partner, I get to write for fun and benefit from it in ways I would not have imagined seven years ago, we are healthy (for the most part, knock on wood), and we are happy.
For the most part.
I’ve entered into a season of what I am calling “rebranding me”.
What that will look like when I am finally done is a mystery even to me. I know the direction I am supposed to go and I know that God is walking beside me and for now.
But I’ve already taken those first steps and enrolled in not one but two online courses.
I am already enjoying the challenges of online education.
I never would’ve thought I’d be in school this close to 40…but here I am!
It’s new and exciting and the possibilities are endless.
I haven’t put away the Play-dough yet… But cleanup time is quickly approaching.