I saw this recently and it stopped me. I immediately answered (to myself, of course) … “a lawyer”. I truly thought my entire childhood that I would be a lawyer. I even attended summer learning camps in this field of study. Somewhere along the way I changed paths, and not in a linear direction, but more like in a winding curvy path with lots of forks in the road. I don’t remember how or when I stopped dreaming that dream. I ended up at Georgia Tech with an engineering degree and then worked for The Coca-Cola Company for 19 years in business analysis, investor relations, b2b marketing and finally managing a suite of business websites (that was an atrocious job that finally caused me to leave). :-)
I guess the funny thing about dreams is that for about 17 years my job at Coke WAS a dream. And then it became something I no longer recognized… kind of like that winding path with all the forks. I don’t even know how I was in the job I was in when I left. Ha!
Making that bold move to leave opened the door for another dream job – a travel advisor specializing in Disney destinations. It’s a dream I never knew to dream as a child, but one that I am pretty darn thankful for!
When Daddy-O left me on the steps of Cloudman at GT that first day, he said as he walked away “do well here, work hard and maybe, just maybe, one day you’ll get a job right across the street.” He was the first person I called when I was offered a job at Coke and, in some strange way, it was like I fulfilled a dream HE had dared to dream. Funny enough, from about age 3 if I had to pick a career for John it would be lawyer. I absolutely cannot wait to see what the future holds for my boys. I pray every day that I am here to see them grow up and fulfill their dreams.
So now I’ll ask you… What would your occupation be if you had followed your childhood dreams?
I imagine there will be funny, emotional, and a big variety of answers!
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