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When We Grow Up

Can we talk about what we want to be when we grow up? Some people have it decided when their age is still a single digit. I am long past there but I’m still figuring out what I want to be. How about you?

The people who advise about such things say to find the intersection where your passions meet your talents, and you find joy. Then, figure out how to monetize that niche and you will end up in a job where you pinch yourself daily and say, “I can’t believe I get paid to do this!”

Do your passions and talents have an obvious crossing? Do the neon signs in that location flash your current job title? If not, what do they say?

Neon sign says 'think about things differently'
Photo by Ivan Bertolazzi on

My two favorite things to do are walking and writing. (Not simultaneously, although often the thoughts that form in my head while I’m walking will show up in my writing soon after.) I haven’t figured out how to turn that pairing into a paycheck yet, but if you have any ideas, I’m certainly open to hear them!

I cannot complain about any job I’ve had. I have been blessed to do many interesting things, with fascinating people, in amazing places. I’ve found open doors where I’ve never thought to knock, and it has been a grand adventure. Still, it doesn’t stop me from wondering, is there is something else that I’m meant to do, but just haven’t thought of yet?

Do any of you have intriguing or unusual jobs? Are you in your dream career or are you thinking of doing something different in the next 5 to 10 years? I’d love to hear from you! Thanks for taking a few minutes with me to ponder what we might want to be when we grow up.

2 replies on “When We Grow Up”

I used to work long hours in advertising and enjoyed the creative side but not the hours or the corporate side. when I was 40, I quit and went to grad school to become a teacher. I love every day


Oh, that is amazing! Good for you for having the courage to switch lanes and find something you love. 40 is the new 20 anyway, right? 😉 So you were in the prime spot for such a decision!

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