I was rather precocious as a child, and knew exactly what I wanted to be when I grew up. When I was five, and someone asked me what I wanted to do with my life, I responded with complete confidence: “When I grow up, I want to be a traffic police inspector.”
My dream to pursue this unusual career paved way for another one by the time I turned ten: I now wanted to become an air hostess. By age twelve, I wanted to become a writer, and by high school, it seemed inevitable that I become an engineer, because that’s what all my friends were going to do. Fortunately for me, though, I failed all of my engineering entrance exams, and ended up studying Psychology, a subject that aligned with my deep interest in the human mind. This didn’t bring an end to my journey of becoming who I wanted to be, though. I went on to study Human Resource Management and work in the corporate world for several years, before I started experiencing a strong desire to do something else with my life. So, I left my job and spent several months in search of my “true calling.” As a result of this quest, I now find myself in the fields of Positive Psychology and Coaching, and I am loving every moment of my life right now.
Does this mean I have finally become who I wanted to be in life? Honestly, I don’t think so. While I have found work which I see as my “calling,” the past few years have challenged my assumption that all of us must “become” one particular thing when we grow up. In fact, life can be a never-ending process of “growing up,” full of constant learning and growth. As long as we are alive, we can continue to evolve into bigger, better, stronger versions of ourselves, striving towards becoming all that we can be. And I think that’s wonderful.