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“Hold fast to your dreams, for without them, life is a broken winged bird that cannot fly.”

– Langston Hughes

Many have dreamed about jobs, trips, successes, fame, and more. Some of our dreams start in childhood and carry through adulthood. I believe that much of what happens in school helps to shape our dreams. The things we are exposed to in childhood, such as new ideas, information that triggers interest, and new experiences, play a part in forming our dreams.

For many children, school started last week. Of course, as an adult without children, I don’t always think about the upcoming school year. But then, I go to a store, and back-to-school supplies are everywhere, special lunch containers can be found, and school uniforms are on display.

I have friends whose grandchildren (I am showing my age) started school last week. Their grandchildren made comments such as, “Summer just started,” “I don’t want to go back to school,” and “can I take my Switch to school?” But on the other hand, some of their grandchildren were excited, “I can’t wait to see my friends!” “I hope I like my new teacher,” “Let’s go shopping for school clothes!!”

I did not like school growing up. I was not interested in sitting in a classroom; my mind was elsewhere. When I was young, teachers wrote a summary of a child’s progress or lack of progress on the back of their report card. My report card always said that I would not stop talking and that I was constantly daydreaming.

My education came from both school and life experiences. I loved children and thought that I wanted to be a pre-school teacher. So, I went to community college and received an AA in Early Childhood Development. I worked at a pre-school/daycare for four years and found that I did not like teaching children. I like playing with them, not teaching them.

At some point in my life, I developed dreams of what I thought I might want to be. I didn’t finish college but learned about those areas of interest and gained the skills to succeed. I was an administrative assistant, so I took classes that taught office skills. I got involved in the mental health profession, took more classes, and spent hours reading to educate myself about mental illness.

In my older years, I had a challenging career change due to a death in the family. However, the skills I learned in the past helped me excel in that position. For various reasons, my brother and I closed that business. However, I enjoyed being “the boss” and did not want a 9 to 5 job that prevented me from participating in some community organizations in which I had gotten involved. So, I went back to school and learned how to write grants. I now own a business and write grants for nonprofits.

I am involved in the community and church and enjoy my friends. I am living my dream!

Steps to help you find your passion in life:

· Make a list of 100 aspirations.

· Talk about your potential passions.

· Focus on one goal (not a dream).

· Create a vision statement

· Set small goals

· Devote time to your passion each day.

· Create habits for success.

· Explore, experiment, evaluate

· Embrace uncertainty

· Get an accountability partner

· Speak with a coach or mentor

· Celebrate every small win

For more information on finding, your passion, read the following article

Don’t give up on what life has to offer you. Instead, find your passion and reach for the stars.

Find what you love to do – do it – and fly!!!

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