What Do You Want To Be When You Grow Up?
What people want to do is a question we start asking people very early. We ask kids from an early age what they want to be when they grow up. My first grader already answers very confidently that she wants to be a teacher when she grows up. I believe it comes from her admiration she has always had for her teachers.
As kids get older we start asking what their plans are after high school, are they going to college, what do they plan on studying. When we talk with someone in college or a parent of a college student we ask what their major is.
Sometimes in those conversations kids and young adults don't know. My dad joke response is usually, "That's okay, I'm still trying to figure out what I want to be when I grow up." I'm in my 40's and I think I am finally pretty clear about what I want to do in my life. Maybe it means I'm finally all grown up.
I recently heard a stat the average millennial has had 7 different jobs in their life. The irony is the average baby boomer also has had 7 different jobs in their life. Things are different, you have an opportunity to do lots of different things in your life, so maybe it is okay it takes you 10-20 years to figure out what you want to be when you grow up.