Growing up, did you know exactly what you wanted to be? Did your desired career path stand out clearly in your mind? As a child, career paths and dreams of the future can seem quite simple, but the older we grow, the more difficult it gets. Some of us are doing exactly what we dreamed of as a child, working our dream jobs and creating meaningful projects. Others are struggling to pinpoint exactly what it is we want. What is our purpose and unique calling? What should we do to live a life we’re proud of, that brings value and meaning to others and income for ourselves? I’m one of the ones who struggled, but it did not start out that way.
When I was a child the answer to the question “what do you want to be when you grow up?” was always clear. However, it changed and shifted as my world expanded. When I was a child, I wanted to be a nurse, following in the footsteps of the woman who inspired me most, my mom. The summer I was fourteen I volunteered at the local hospital and discovered becoming a nurse, doctor, or anything related to the medical field was certainly not for me.
But it wasn’t the end of the world. The next year my four sisters and I started a rock band. We purchased a drum set without divulging the news to my surprised parents and spent the next year rocking the house in earnest. In 2005 we successfully launched our first album titled “Rock the House” to the community. From there fans continued to grow as we played at local churches, participated in Battle of the Band challenges, and even ended up performing at the local theme park. It became quite clear what I wanted to be when I grew up: the Manager of a band. And so I broke up the band by moving to Nashville, TN to pursue a degree in Music Business at Belmont University.
As you can imagine, becoming the Manager of a band did not readily happen and, ironically, wasn’t something I even pursued after moving to Nashville. Throughout college I ended up working in Sports, only to end up in Healthcare, and finally Health and Wellness technology after graduating. While music is still one of my passions, as I grew older I realized there was something I overlooked for years.
Sometimes what you are searching for is right in front of you all along. But sometimes it takes experience, time, and weeding out options in order to determine what your passion really is. As you develop your idea lifestyle, start your business and pursue your entrepreneurial dreams, remember flexibility is key. There are circumstances and situations that will change our approach to life, and we need to be adaptable, and continue to grow and learn.
My passion is writing. I was a fluid reader by four years of age and spent most of my free time devouring book after book. In fact, reading was a family passion, from my dad’s animated reading, to my sisters and I reading out loud and turning the words into plays of our own. As a teenager I even wrote hundreds of thousands of words, the initial draft of my fantasy novel series. Even in college I spent one of my summers writing a novel. Yet, for some reason, I did not put two and two together. Until now. I am passionate about inspiring others through words.
What are you passionate about?