Take the Risk … Pursue your Dreams
I turned 30 in July. Yep, the big fat 3-0. Some of you might think I’m spritely and at the beginning of my life, and others might think I’m a digit closer to, well, “old.” I guess your view depends on what side of 30 you’re on! Having been in my 20’s two short months ago, I can tell you this decade hit me pretty hard. I wasn’t expecting that.
Oddly enough, a lot has changed for me this year, signifying my shift into the next stage of life. I became a mother in January, discovered my first gray in May (gasp!) and suffered from a quasi life crisis in July.
Did it have something to do with entering a new decade? Maybe. But I think my son’s presence had more to do with it than I’d like to admit.
So you’re probably wondering what a quasi life crisis looks like. Imagine this: you’re going about your day-to-day activities and midway through your routine, something clicks and you think, “Wow, what am I doing with my life? Is this really where I envisioned being?” When this happened for me, I was sitting at my desk doing work that was not in line with my professional goals.
Then, I had an epiphany. Why was I doing this? I found myself questioning my role as a professional and how it impacts my role as a mother. It wasn’t that my work wasn’t satisfactory or enjoyable. I was happy where I was, but I wasn’t where I “dreamed” I would be. Aspiring to be an author is one thing, but making absolutely no time for it, is another.
I also believe that what you do at work should be fulfilling enough that it makes it worthwhile to be spending time away from those you love. No point working a nine to five just to cash a check. I mean, we’ve all been there at some point or another, but I believe the capacity to live out your dreams is feasible.
So, I decided to practice what I preach, take the risk and pursue my dreams. That meant leaving the steady nine to five-er and pursuing my career as a contracted writing and editing professional, which will give me time to be with my growing son, write the book I’ve always wanted to and work when I see fit. Risky? Yes. Worth it? Very much so.
If you have the opportunity to pursue your passion and live the life you envisioned for yourself, don’t let it pass you by.