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Never Lose Sight of Your Childhood Dream

07 Jan

Child DreamEvery time a beautiful home catches my eye or I’m inspired by a furniture store’s interior design, I’m reminded that there was a time in my life when I was quite certain that I would grow up to become a creator similar works of art. Yes, my childhood dream was to become an architect and interior designer. The signs were quite obvious, really. The remnants of my mounding collection of doll houses can still be found packed away in my parent’s attic. Yet instead of playing house with the tiny people inside these homes, I would spend hours rearranging furniture and building additional walls to expand the modest structures into dream mansions.  I filled binders and binders with magazine pictures of bedrooms, kitchens and patios and would stare at blueprints long enough until I could visualize the house I would use them to someday create. And at the age when most children were still building with Legos and Lincoln Logs, I taught myself to use the same computer programs used by professional architects and designers.

Even as an adult, the memory of this childhood passion is still vivid.  It’s no longer as common that I allow myself to become so consumed in a hobby or so certain of a dream – and maybe that’s why I love to reminisce back to the time in my life when I did. Childhood should be a time for complete creative freedom and to allow natural talents to shine through. It is also a time that can tell us a lot of about ourselves and who we were destined to become long before we let responsibilities, worries and failures affect our dreams.

It should be obvious to you now that I never became that architect or interior designer of my dreams. The level of intensity I had for this hobby didn’t outlast high school. Instead, I slowly migrated into a completely different career path in communications and writing. Not many people know about my dreams to become an architect that I once constructed so carefully. For the longest time I thought it to be irrelevant and to some degree an admittance of failure. I walked away from something I was so passionate about and never felt the need to look back. Or did I?

To this day, I may not have a portfolio of beautifully furnished houses to showcase, but I do have quite a different portfolio of equally impressive work. I’ve never built a home, but I’ve built a brand and business. I don’t use my creative talent toward interior design, but I do use my creativity in so many broader ways every day. That passion for building something from the ground up and talent for thinking outside the box were never lost, only reassigned. I’m a Public Relations professional, not an architect, but I’m confident this is what all my childhood daydreaming has prepared me to do.

So many years ago I may have mastered some impressive feats for a 10-year-old architect, but I wouldn’t have had the slightest clue as to what Public Relations was and certainly wouldn’t have understood how to apply my talents toward this career path. Yet, with every choice I made to move away from architecture and design, I took one step in the right direction of finding the career I now have today. I couldn’t be more grateful for all the hours I spent playing with those doll houses. Almost 15 years later, I still have yet to build a single home, but I’ve built exactly what my childhood self would have wished for had she known everything that was possible.

As a child, did you ever have a passionate dream about becoming something far different than what you are today? Look closely at the career path you have chosen and you may see that these childhood talents were never lost, only reassigned.  Share your own story by commenting below!

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10 responses to “Never Lose Sight of Your Childhood Dream

  1. Shuray M

    January 7, 2013 at 8:54 am

    An architect, lawyer and playwright were my chosen careers as a child. Still working toward morphing these occupations into a newly minted contribution for the world. All are based in creative thinking, helping others and showcasing creativity. What a great imprint this endeavor will leave:)

     
    • Stephanie Shirley

      January 7, 2013 at 6:14 pm

      Absolutely! Because you recognized that all of these are based in three main overarching areas, you’ll be able to better identify a career that blends what you love about each into a single endeavor. Good luck!

       
  2. Shuray M

    January 7, 2013 at 8:56 am

    Reblogged this on symerriweatherfreelancewriter and commented:
    A great way to start a Monday and the beginning of a new year. Recharge your dreams.

     
  3. Cheval John

    January 7, 2013 at 1:55 pm

    I can say that my childhood dream was to become a baseball player and to become a sports broadcaster. Those two things didn’t happened. Instead, I’m a freelance sports writer for the Huntsville Item and cover a variety of sports and non-sporting events for my website. Never dreamt that this would happen, but it did and I’m thankful for this. Thank you for this post.

     
    • Stephanie Shirley

      January 7, 2013 at 6:13 pm

      It sounds like you definitely still took your most passionate aspects and turned them into a very fitting career! It’s good to reflect and realize that.

       
  4. Mary Ann B.

    January 8, 2013 at 8:07 pm

    Great blog, Stephanie! I always wanted to be a teacher and would play “school” with my sister all summer long. Even though I didn’t follow that career path, my passion was fulfilled through raising and teaching my three daughters to explore and develope their individual talents. Now that they are grown, I now spend my working hours teaching my staff to be the very best they can be with the talents they possess.

     
  5. Ashley Robinson

    February 1, 2013 at 7:41 pm

    I liked this article alot. Very true and interesting. When I was younger I want to be a lawyer. My life took a few roads (some twisted, some narrow, some dead ends) but now I see that the dream to be a lawyer was built upon certain characteristics that I liked and still do to this day. I love fighting for whats right and for people without a voice I AM HERE! I currently mentor and teach youth and young adults. I see the blessings in helping other people and I might not get my $200/hour pay but it is well worth it. I have seen victory in the life of many young people and it was all due to the proper way to fight! Thank you again for this article! LOVED IT!

     
    • Stephanie Shirley

      February 10, 2013 at 9:51 am

      Hi Ashley – so very true that sometimes our dream jobs are more linked to a certain characteristic than the specific job. It’s great to hear you’ve found a career you love and are passionate about, though it’s different than the formal lawyer you thought you wanted to be.

       

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