Childhood Dreams

Heidi at Southern Connecticut State’s 2017 Graduation

Heidi at Southern Connecticut State’s 2017 Graduation

You know how sometimes a child can have really weird dreams about what they want to be when they grow up? The careers children wish to see themselves in can sometimes be comical. For instance, growing up I had so many different dreams, but the three I always went back to were these: I wanted to be a chef and work with ice-cream, I wanted to work at a candy factory, and I wanted to tell stories. Sounds realistic enough, right?

Sometimes, childhood dreams can be super vague, often odd, and they’re not always practical. Looking at my own I would instantly just assume that these three dreams would relate to me training to be a chef, owning a candy factory, or attempting to be a widely successful author.

 If you noticed, not once do all my assumptions lead to these dreams co-existing together. Once a person finishes their education and enters the real world, it’s easy to forget about those childhood expectations. I know that I did.

But then the other day I had a realization that I may have accomplished those dreams without even knowing it.

For instance, my first job ever was at Popey’s Ice-cream Shoppe in Morris, CT. I spent many years there serving people ice-cream and even ended up cooking in the kitchen. I had a second job in college too, and this job was at a local chocolate factory that produced and sold their own chocolates. And currently, I do tell stories. I write on this blog and I tell other people’s stories through film with Little Tree Farm Productions.

I somehow without even realizing it accomplished my childhood dreams, but why did I not notice this before? Why did I not notice when I actually had those two other jobs? Why didn’t I appreciate it and see it as accomplishing one of the dreams I always had?

The answer to this is simple and direct. I didn’t notice this before because the previous jobs I had were jobs that society deemed to be minimum wage positions that are unable to produce a realistic income. Those jobs are also positions that do not require a college degree, which we all know just screams “not successful” for some reason.

This one realization made me see my dreams completely different. Dreaming big is important and it is often what gives people drive. However, dreaming big does not have to mean you’re making large amounts of money. Obtaining success does not mean you need to be making large amounts of money. In fact, the only way money should be seen as is really just a tool that is needed for survival not success.

So, the next day you’re feeling a little down that you may not have followed your childhood dreams… reflect back in a different way.

Maybe you did achieve those dreams without even realizing it?

Perhaps it happened in a way that you didn’t foresee?