I remember it so vividly. One night, there were guests over at my parents’ house, so my sister was sleeping in my room so her’s could be used as the guest room. We started talking about the future, and we just fell into deep conversation. The topic of what we wanted to do when we grew up came up, and I still replay it in my head every now and then.
In that conversation with my sister, I remember telling her this. There were 2 things I really wanted to be when I grew up. 1) I wanted to be a Sea World trainer (well, we all know how I feel about that now, and if you don’t, here you go). I wanted to do this because I wanted to become a marine biologist. I wanted to explore and understand the ocean and its inhabitants, and ultimately, help it thrive. The second half I still think of often, especially since we live so close to the beach (and why I still enjoy going to beach clean ups). 2) I wanted to work at a non-profit organization. I wanted to work there and plan both small and large events to help the organization blossom and thrive in its mission.
At the end of the day, I wanted to make a difference.
I’ve been telling myself that the dreams can wait. That opportunity will present itself when the time is right. That somewhere down the line, I might work with something that’s more driven by a human or environmental cause (I must note though that I do also love my current job :).
Then, I realized, why wait? Why not now? With all of the tools we have ready at our fingertips these days, why can’t I fulfill a more responsible and humanitarian life now and make it my own personal mission to spread the word? Not be an expert per se, but be more enthused about it.
And so, I’m refocusing. I’m learning. I’m growing. I’m listening a little more closely to that little voice in my head and in my heart. It’ll be an interesting journey for me as I make the adjustments to my daily living for myself and for my family as I learn and grow, but I hope you’ll enjoy and maybe even feel a little inspired on my journey. I’m just saying, you’ll probably see more of it. I’ve been doing these things already, but I’ll be honest – it was mostly when it was convenient for me. And I don’t readily share much of it.
This video below made me really see that there is no time to wait. She is a beautiful woman with a strong heart and a strong mind – an absolute will to “be the change.” I hope she inspires you in some aspect of your life too.