It doesn’t interest me what you do for a living. I want to know what you ache for – and if you dare to dream of meeting your heart’s longing. It doesn’t interest me how old you are. I want to know if you will risk looking like a fool – for love – for your dreams – for the adventure of being alive. – Oriah Mountain Dreamer

Hiya! Please excuse the obnoxious title, I just really feel that everyone needs to read this. It caught your attention though, didn’t it?

This quote honestly speaks to me on a very personal level. It’s quite possibly the only quote that has moved me this much, ever. In today’s society, I feel like we’re all so caught up in who someone is, their social status, what they do for a living and how much they earn that we don’t even stop to consider that there’s more to life than money and who you know. It’s as though we’ve become more interested in the details of someones bank account and how we can use them for personal gain or a career leg-up than actually getting to know someone – as in, really know them on an emotional level.

Am I guilty of this? Actually, I’m not and I think that’s why I’m so taken aback by this quote. I’ve never been a material, money oriented person and stinginess is probably one of my biggest pet peeves. I’m often told I’m too carefree with my money and believe me, I don’t earn a lot. That doesn’t mean I’m hopeless at saving, it simply means that I’m not afraid to buy things for myself or my loved ones on a whim. Why have money if you can’t spend it? It’s probably the reason I’ll never be absolutely loaded and to be honest, that isn’t what I strive for, anyway. As long as I’m living comfortably, supporting my family and doing something that makes me happy – I’m good.

Most people have only chosen the career they’re in out of convenience. Whether that be the paycheck, the travel or even a natural ability at the job. That’s not to say they don’t enjoy their job although we all know how rare that actually is. It’s just that, if you were to actually ask someone, if they could do absolutely anything in the world and every job was equally paid, what would it be? Taking money out of this equation encourages real thought. Of course there will be people that pick fame related jobs but that’s still part of the persons character. Some people would very much like to be famous, others couldn’t think of anything more terrifying. It’s all about looking past the day-to-day happenings and finding out what their real interests are and what kind of role they would play in society if they could be/do anything they wanted.

People look to the future much too often and forget to live in the moment. Too much planning, too afraid to fail or make a fool of ourselves. Aren’t we afraid to one day wake up and find that our lives have flown right by and we didn’t even stop to smell the roses once in a while?

As for me, if I could truly be anything I wanted to be and do anything I wanted to do, I would still primarily want to write. Aside from that, I’d love to be an active member in saving the environment and all its inhabitants outside of just donating and recycling. I’d love to help people in need, whether it’s mentoring kids tormented by bullies or doing everything I can for the homeless. I’d love to work behind the scenes in television as basically anything but specifically the person who chooses the music played for certain scenes (I have no idea what that’s called even after a brief google search, please enlighten me!) Hell, I’d even love to be an actress! Part of me would also like to be a therapist or psychologist of some sort. I love finding out what makes people tick but I’m not sure I have the emotional strength/capacity for that kind of thing. This quote has made me realise that I can will explore these things, one way or another. I need to branch out and play around a little.

I think you probably do, too.

Please, let me know in the comments what your absolute dream career/life path would be. I’m genuinely, truly interested to know!

– Emma, aspiring writer, general do good-er, TV-music-picker-er, actress, therapist/psychologist xo

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  1. I like your goals.

    Happiness is not what we get, but who we become.

    And, yes, you’re right. Most people are not really alive. They don’t know what makes them tick. They don’t listen to their hearts.

      1. Haha. Yes. Kind of feel the same way as well. But you can’t really change people like that. Teach them, train them, argue with them until they change. You can only inspire them, lead by example, embody your philosophy instead of explaining it.

        You know, how beautiful people are when they talk about something they really love? That passion that shines in their eyes? When they feel strongly about something. That is life changing.

        So, if you’re truly alive, that’s what really matters. In time, it changes the little bit of world around you. Makes people want to be alive too.

  2. Took me until I was 45 to know what I want. I’ve drifted along, have a good career but it doesn’t float my boat any more. I stay because of the financial security and the fact I love the fantastic group of ladies I work with.
    My dream is to make a living from botanical art/illustration. My supportive wife has suggested I can now afford to drop to four days a week in the day job if my employers will allow me. This will give me more time to pursue my dreams whilst still making a living. I’m not under any illusions that making money from art is easy, but it doesn’t matter so much – just gaining more time to do what I love is more important anyway.

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