…at this moment.
When I was 8, I saw old Charlie’s Angels reruns on Nick at Nite and decided I wanted to be a police officer. The Angels were confident, glamorous, and in control.
When I was 13, I decided I wanted to be an actress. Actors had the opportunity to entertain people and tell unlimited stories, living out their days in other people’s skin, which appealed to me at an age when I wanted to be anyone but me.
When I was 17, I decided I wanted to be a fashion designer. I wanted to create things people could love, things that would change their lives or make them feel special.
When I was 21, I read a story in Glamour magazine about Lindsay Hyde, a Harvard undergrad who founded Strong Girls, Strong Women, an organization dedicated to helping girls learn and grow through stories of strong women. I wanted to be Lindsay Hyde.
When I was 22, a speaker came to my office to do a workshop on women’s empowerment in the workplace. I wanted to do what she did.
What do I love? What am I passionate about? What causes matter to me? Where do I want to live? Who do I want to surround myself with? What do I value? What am I good at? Who do I want to become?
I still want to be confident. And glamorous.
I still want to entertain people and tell their stories.
I still want to create. I still want to change lives and make people feel special.
I want to make something new and original like Lindsay Hyde did.
I want to empower women.
And I really freakin’ love career stuff. There’s no job description on The Bureau of Labor Statistics website for what I want to do. There’s no opening on Indeed.com. I’m creating my own dream job everyday, by volunteering and raising my hand for new opportunities and taking risks and not being afraid to try new things.
Ten people in your office may hold the same title. A million people in the country may have the same job description as you. So it’s up to you to figure out how you want to be a firefighter, supervisor, cashier, journalist, politician, nurse… and then find a way to do it.