Dream Job Then vs Now

We all have a story like this. Our hopes and dreams have changed drastically from when we were younger until now. When we are young, we have all these ideas of what our dream jobs would be. This is merely based on what we’ve seen on TV and the role models we’ve been introduced to.

Doctors, Teachers, Writers.. The possibilities were endless!

As we get older, these views tend to change. Circumstances and environments play a huge role in where we end up, career-wise.

When I was small, I wanted to be a lot of things. Here’s a list of my dream jobs at that age:

  • Teacher
  • Doctor
  • Lawyer
  • Journalist
  • Surgeon
  • Someone who works at the bank

When reading through this list, you can clearly see that somewhere in my childhood life I’ve started looking up to people in these professions. What does a child aged 7-10 know about these professions? Nothing. At that age, all we know is what we are taught and who we were exposed to. We look up to them and aspire to be like them. 

What’s interesting about this, is that this could or could not play a significant role in where we’ll end up when we’re adults. We could either pursue this – based on what we’ve been taught to aspire to be – or we are lucky enough to get to know ourselves better in order for us to know where our talents, interests lie.

Where am I now?

Now you see, I’m a multipotentialite. I never knew this term even existed and aspired to be all of the above. In the end, I studied something totally different – Marketing Management. With so many interests, I  never really knew what I wanted to become one day. In the past 10 years, I’ve been a pre-school teacher, marketer, bar manager, aftercare teacher, and receptionist. I’ve worked in a labor law consulting agency and have worked in hospitals. I’ve been a nail technician and I’ve done wedding favours. If we look at the list above, we can clearly see that I’ve been living in a mixture of all these careers.

It’s only recently – about three months ago – that this was really starting to get to me. I felt as if I didn’t really belong anywhere, and that I didn’t belong to a certain group of people. I have had all these different types of jobs but still felt as though I’m unsuccessful. This has left me feeling as though I’ve wasted 10 years of my life, without accomplishing anything. This is when I sat down and reflected on why I am like this. Why I can’t decide on a career path and why I’m so passionate about so many different things – but just can’t pursue all of them.

What to do?

I came to the realization and reached acceptance for the fact that this is just who I am. I’m never going to be a specialist in one field, and that’s okay! I decided to pursue my passion for writing without creating major expectations – My blog, Thoughts Of A Multipotentialite, was born! 

Since starting my blog I’ve been a much happier person and I honestly cannot put into words how much joy it has brought me so far. I’m completely in love with writing, reading other blogs and engaging with other bloggers. I’ve found something I want to pursue and I’m loving every single minute of it! Has the struggle been real? Yes definitely! Being new to this, I didn’t know anything about blogging when I started out and it’s been a huge learning curve for me. I love everything about it!! I do want to start making good money from my blog in the future, but at the moment I’m just enjoying writing for the love of it. I’ve made some money off my blog, and I’m so grateful that I’m making progress!

I’m still working at my day job as a receptionist, but I’m hoping to resign at the end of 2018. Our online store has been doing really well, and my future is looking bright!

Where am I heading?

This is probably my favourite part of this post, merely because it’s not just a dream anymore. It’s actually happening and I’m actually scheduling it!

I’m well on my way to working 50% for myself and 50% for my partner at her company. I’ll be working for her 3 days a week, doing all admin related work. Who wouldn’t want to have their partner as a boss?!

The other half of my time will be invested in our online store and my blog. I’m hoping to grow my blog in 2019 and I’m excited to see where it will take me. My blog allows me to research and write about all the things I’m interested in and love and if a new interest pops up, I’ll write about it!

I also have plans on studying Social Media Marketing in 2019. I LOVE social media, and enjoy advertising. Upon obtaining my qualification, I hope to freelance for companies as a Social Media Marketing Agent. There is nothing that I want more in life than quitting this rat-race and make my own money.

I honestly am so excited for my future and it’s safe to say that my dream job now is to be a Self Employed Multipotentialite!

What was your dream job when you were little, and what is it now? Let me know in the comments!

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