Through BlogTO, I was directed to this article on the Canoe website: Canadians’ dreams fall short.
The article states that only 20% of us have followed through on childhood or teenage dreams.
My only question is why?
Hmmmm…. I have stumbled across this via facebook, and have a few thoughts. The first being that while this is a great question, it is a simple one within the complexities of modern life. To address it somewhat requires some thought, and more than one possible reason.
1. It may be that dreams are unclear as a teenager/child. I really didn’t know what I wanted to do professionally as a teenager, so meeting that goal is impossible.
2. Dreams change.
3. The practical realities of life interfere. One has to negotiate what one wants to do with having the ability to earn enough money to live comfortably and/or raise children. Eating is good.
4. Dreams conflict, so choices need to be made about which ones are pursued at different stages of life. Some dreams are time sensitive, so must be pursued earlier in life than others.
5. The external world may change, or something may occur, which affects the ability to pursue a particular dream.
That being said, reflecting on childhood/teenage dreams and how one’s life looks compared to how one envisioned it is a valuable process!
Really good thoughts Jen! And Welcome! Glad you’ve come out to play…
One friend pointed the other day that childhood dreams aren’t just about jobs. There are so many other things that we dream about as children/teenagers that we don’t get around to doing as adults.
But of course, it’s all about choices. The goal is to make sure that we regret none of them.
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