3.23.2010

truthful tuesday - when i grow up


hello friends! as of late, i have been thinking about what i want to "be" ... mind you, i am in my late twenties with a blossoming career in a field i love -  i work in marketing & communications for a non-profit and could not be more grateful for the amazing opportunity to have a job that is so fulfilling, professionally and personally. however, i can't help but feel that there is something missing. one day i want to go to grad school and pursue a career in public policy, another i'm ready to be back in the fast-paced world of advertising (like, for a minute, and then it's gone), and the next i want to open my own bakery. some of these dreams i've researched thoroughly as if i'm going to up and do it tomorrow, but i always come back to "is this what i want to be when i 'grow up'?"

so tell me, what do you want to be when you grow up? are you already there? do you ever feel that aching need for change? i'd love to know.

xo

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9 comments:

Mo said...

Right now I'm in a very difficult place. I graduated with a journalism degree in '07 and immediately gave up and came to work at a law firm to make the big bucks. Now I'm stuck trying to figure out what I want to be when I grow up, and it's scary. I'm almost 27 and I'm back at square one. And because I work at the law firm, I'm used to the cushy paycheck, which is evil because I'm so afraid to give it up! I have ideas about what I want to do, like have my own boutique selling local/handmade goods. Have a vegetable garden that can contribute to farmers markets. So, you're not alone. I like your blog!

Ginger said...

Testing... AH IT WORKS!!! be prepared for oddles and oddles of comments now! oh and i want to travel... thats all... just travel, for the rest of my life. and party. travel and party. lets make it happen! no kidding, im actually quite happy with my current position in life, sort of... just a few things missing, but eventually im sure that will fall into place. i wouldn't mind moving though... like to a different state or country... at least for a while.

SogniSorrisi said...

I'm pretty grown already, but the main thing I want to be is happy. Sounds corny but its the truth.

owl and peacock : melina said...

Ha! I don't think this feeling of wanting to do everything will ever fade. I'm in the exact same boat, and have been helplessly trying to pick just one thing that I want to do. Some days it's a writer, others it's a spice shop owner, maybe a bar owner? Or perhaps an Italian teacher? It's terribly frustrating, but at least we can comfort ourselves in the fact that we're well-rounded in interests!

Punctuation Mark said...

I know what you mean... the best advice i got lately was to get some experience and then shape things so in a few years time you end up doing what you really like... but you need experience first!

abigail said...

I'm grown already too, and have a career I love, but every once in awhile I think that I would like to go to law school. or make children's clothes. or go to culinary school. ok, maybe I'm not so grown up.

Elizabeth said...

If you're lucky, you'll never lose this feeling, you'll never "end up" anywhere. My father is my role model for this very reason. He's in his 60's...he's gotten three degrees, he's been a pilot, a banker, a professor, and now he's back in college studying to become a writer. He says, "I figure I've got another two good decades in me!" So, in sum, I want to be my father when I grow up :)

stephanie said...

i love reading all your comments! so glad i'm not alone :)

mo - that is something i struggle with as well: paycheck vs. fulfillment.

elizabeth, i'm so happy you said that about "ending up" somewhere...and your father sounds fabulous!!

Aron said...

I was just thinking today how strange it will be when i stop asking myself that question! it seems like even with my incredibly structured life, there is still so many options... options that bring with it some excitement!