It's Not About What You Want To Do

I'm sure that when you were young, you were asked, 'what do you want to do when you grow up?'

And at school, 'what do you want to do when you leave school?'

Well, for many years I kept on wondering what I wanted to do when I 'grew up'.  I did not want to grow up in any sense of the words and I certainly did not really know what I wanted to do.

When I was at school I wanted to be a vet, or work at a zoo, or own a farm.  I just loved working with animals.  I did work at Whipsnade Zoo for a while, but in the catering section. However I was able to visit the animals whilst working there and especially the wolves.  I adored them and could have sat and watched them for hours.

So what did you want to do when you grew up or left school?  Did you want to be a fireman, policeman, artist, ballet dancer, singer, musician?  

John Lennon got it right.

It is not about 'what do you want to do?'   It is about 'what do you want to be?'

John Lennon said he wanted to 'be happy'.

If by being a fireman or policeman you are happy, then that is fine.

It is no good thinking that being a dancer or nurse or horseback rider will make you happy.

Happiness must come first.

If you are unhappy in your job then no amount of changing jobs to dancer, policeman, fireman, engine driver will make you happy.  You have to work on the happiness bit first.

It is about BEING and not about the DOING.

Be happy.

Be successful.

Be adventurous.

Be courageous.

And by being any one, or all of these things, you will find that you will love both your life and your job.

copyright, Barbara Burgess 2016

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