Reflecting on dream jobs and current dreams

It’s been A LONG WHILE since I’ve actually posted a Bloganuary post – and I have no excuse or big reason to share. One of my goals for 2023 is to try to continue habits that bring me joy while being gentle with myself around consistency. So for example, working out even if I’ve missed out on multiple days or don’t keep up with a challenge…. Or missing lots of Bloganuary days! What can I say, this isn’t a money maker for me, and my job(s) are exhausting !

But day 22’s prompt popped up on a Sunday while I’m vibing and reading, so why not! Todays prompt is “what was your dream job as a child”

When I was a tiny tot (kindergarten) my dream job was being a kitten princess and having a cat and a castle. I actually have a book we all made together in kindergarten and everyone had to draw their dream job and that was it !! Very chaotic as usual! But looking at my life now, I have cats so I met some of that goal?

As I got older, I wanted to be a teacher very badly. I used to play teacher alone with my stuffed animals, also with my sister. But as I hit middle school I realized managing a classroom AND teaching curriculum was a hard gig and not for me. Imagine even as a grade 7 child realizing the behavioural management aspect of a job was too much for me! I also loved the idea of being a doctor when I was a kid. My mom is convinced I changed my mind because I’m scared of blood, but I’m not scared of blood (she is!). I LOVE science and pursued science degrees, but my biggest concern with being a doctor was being the person that had to deliver emotionally challenging news to families. I don’t think I have the mental / emotional stability to be that person.

It’s funny looking back at those dreams as a child, and realizing where I am now! I no longer see jobs as “dreams” because they’re things we HAVE to do to survive, but I think I’m currently as close as I can to meeting my childhood dreams! No I haven’t become a kitten princess with a cat and a castle, but I have somewhat married the aspects of teaching and healthcare into my current roles! I’m an occupational therapist, teaching clients and their families, and supporting people’s health in different ways. I also get the opportunity to take challenging news that families get, and provide hope and the opportunity to make life a bit easier! I also (despite hating the outdoors as a child) get to be outside a lot with my job and moving my body, which is very exciting and brings lots of joy!

I’m curious if anyone else has job journeys that somewhat match with their ideas of jobs as a child? I didn’t even know about occupational therapy until I was at the end of my undergraduate degree, but it is a perfect role for me!


Published by maiiflowerr

Pronouns She/Her/they/them. I'm a millennial just trying to make a difference in the world, and create space for people to accept themselves and live their best lives. My fiancee, Sydney, and I are mothers to our two goofy cats, and the queens of creative adventures. I am an Occupational therapist, a dancer and a yoga instructor with a passion for supporting people and creating community.

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