When you were a kid, they said, “You can be whoever you want to be,” but they never really tell you how much of a challenge it would be. At that age, we would all dream of being a rocket scientist, superman, or like me where I wanted to be “Baby Spice” from Spice Girls. No lie. I still get a good laugh thinking back to when I would play dress up like her. Those were the days!
The older you get the more serious these questions became. You feel the weight of the questions on your shoulder that weigh you down until you figure it out. The pressures from your peers begin to become intimidating as you feel the need to impress them or prove to your family that you are going to be “someone.”
Do you remember how fun and exciting those questions were? When you were asked those questions in your youth and the feeling of discontent when it is being asked now. Who do you want to be? What are you going to do with your life?
There was many times in my life that I felt certain to whom I wanted to be and the career I was going to pursue for myself. However, I could tell you that each time, I doubted it. My passion was and had always been to be an actress. However, the majority of you know the response you’re going to get from your peers or family when you tell them what it is you realistically want to do with your life. It’s not just saying you want to be an “actress,” its even telling them you’ve thought about being singer, professional baseball player, painter, model etc.
Perhaps you want to be nurse, but your family wants you to be a doctor. You feel frighten most of the time to just come out and say it. We find ourselves often hiding it in the back and pushing ourselves through school to be someone that isn’t who we really desire to be. Why?
Our society has taught us that we must live by impressing others. By living the “typical” plan that we are taught to do. That plan is to finish high school, go straight to college, find a career that will provide for the family, and start the career after you finish. We want to feel successful by fitting into that stereotypical mold where people praise you for it. After all, that’s why we struggle to fit in during high school because we want to be praised for accomplishments and feel like we are on the right path to our future. That is until you graduate and you enter the real world. We often find ourselves yearning for that exalted feeling in the real world. The feeling that you’re going above and beyond for others to have the feeling of satisfaction for what you’re doing or accomplishing.
Which brings me to this question, when you read the stories of the most powerful people or successful people among us; what do they have in common? They didn’t live their live to please others. They took chances, worked hard, remained positive, and they made NO apology for who they were. The society was eventually drawn to them for being who they were and following what their hearts desire.
Who you desire to be in this life is God’s way of giving us a compass for becoming who He created us to be.
“Trust in the LORD with all your heart; and lean not unto your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct your paths. Be not wise in your own eyes: fear the LORD, and depart from evil.” Proverbs 5-7
One of my favorite speeches that was given by any successful person was the one Steve Jobs gave at Sanford University graduation. He is quoted as saying, “You’ve got to find what you love. And that is as true for your work as it is for your lovers. Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it”.
I knew deep down that the path to becoming an actress was not going to be an easy one and it would be a long journey, but it was a journey that I could enjoy regardless of what I encountered. The reaction I get from people isn‘t often an awesome one, but I proudly say that I am an actress. It’s who I am and it’s what I am going to do with my life. People may often say, “Are you in anything big? What are your credits?” But it doesn’t bother me because I’m doing what I love.
God created us with a plan and for a reason. He made NO mistake. He knew who you were going to grow into and the person you would be in this life, that’s why He created you. That’s why you should take chances and go after it with a full heart because if you keep waiting until you’re ready, then you will never be ready! It will probably have many up’s and downs that will cause you to barely get by financially and people doubt you in actually making it. Who cares? Be the fearless kid you once were when they asked you, “Who do you want to be when you grow up?”
It should be about doing what you love and not letting society define that for you. If it wasn’t God’s destiny for you, then your heart wouldn’t crave it and things wouldn’t feel right.
You get ONE life, live it to the fullest because you deserve to do so! When you are living fearless for the Lord, nothing can prevent you in achieving your dream. My motto has always been, “Work in peace. Let your success be your noise”.
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