Why You Shouldn’t Stress Out About Knowing What You Want to Be When You Grow Up

The pressure to know what you want to do with your life is pressure that is put on children from infancy. Parents look at their child and every time they doodle on a piece of paper with a marker they say, “Look at our little artist”. Every time a child tosses a ball they say, “Look at our star athlete!”. Every time a child shows an aptitude for anything, everybody around automatically latches onto the idea that that is what that child is going to do for the rest of their lives.


This isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but it is something to think about. When if your child doesn’t want to be a football player? Just because they are good at something doesn’t mean that’s what they should be doing. It’s great to discover what your child is good at from a young age. This way you can foster those giftings so they can be successful in life. However, a child has to figure out what they want for themselves.

Change is Natural

With all this being said, people change. A person will not be the same person they were at 16 when they’re 30. Life changes you and you should be okay with the fact that what you wanted to be when you were 18 and starting college is not the same thing you now want to be when you’re 40 years old. To think you have to stick on one career path your entire life is ridiculous. It’s like trying to fit into the same clothes you wore at birth when you’re an adult.

You Can Make An Impact Wherever You Are

Nothing in life is impossible. People are making big changes for the world no matter the office in which they sit. If somebody has a vision, they can influence the way that entire systems run. All it takes is one idea. All it takes is a spark to set fire to environment. No matter what you do in your life, you have the ability to make an impact, so don’t stress out about the fact that you’re not manager at your job. You’re right where you need to be in this moment and the world needs you to stick through and do you.

Success is Smoke and Mirror

Who writes the definition for success? The answer should be you and you alone. Your success looks different than anybody else’s. The definition you adhere to is smoke and mirror. Successful people by your skewed perception aren’t usually happy people. When you follow your own heart and you stop thinking that you should be someplace else than where you are, you’ll find that you’re better for it.

Don’t stress out about what you want to be when you grow up. Be who you want to be in this instant- today. The rest will follow.