being vs. doing

The age-old question: “What do you want to be when you grow up?…gets a little awkward when you’re almost 30. I suppose it’s because by some standards, I already am a grown up – or at least – I’m something closely resembling one.

I think the millennial version of this question should be, “What do you want to do when you grow up?” This is much easier to answer, and I’m willing to bet that if you asked a handful of 20-somethings what their career aspirations were, you’d get some seriously halfhearted answers. But if you asked the same individuals what they wanted to do in life, you’d hear a more passionate chorus of responses.

Needless to say, we don’t always get to spend everyday doing what we love. And that’s ok – it’s life – and there are lots of way to make a full one that exist beyond the world of cubicles, outside of 8 to 5.

Being happy, really happy, means finding a way to do what you love. Whether it’s volunteering, reading, shopping or writing a blog.

One of my favorite writers has found her true calling doing what she loves, which she refers to as truth telling. As I’ve become addicted to her blog over the past year, I’ve started to understand that this is what I want, too. Nothing makes me happier than sharing, loving, crying and growing, and using those moments to forge connections with other people.

So, when I grow up? Not sure what I’ll be, but I know what I want to do. I want to do exactly what Glennon is doing. She’s started an inspiring revolution and I can’t imagine anything more fulfilling.

Her book, Carry on Warrior will be out soon. In the meantime, I seriously encourage every female reading this to read the excerptĀ  and put this on your to-read list.

I’m serious, you have five minutes. Read it. You’ll feel better.

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4 thoughts on “being vs. doing

  1. It’s like you’re in my brain! Fantastic post, Jess. I have loathed “what do you want to be when you grow up?” since I can remember. I had no idea when I was 4 and I have absolutely no idea now.

  2. I should have known (or maybe I did?) that you were a Monkee. You have a great big Monkee heart šŸ™‚ and yes – she’s got the “dream job”. I also, wish that I could just work for someone super rich and be in charge of giving out tons of money to worthy causes/charities. How rewarding and amazing would that be?! To literally see lives change all the time? Makes me want to work for Ellen. Or Bill Gates. Or maybe win the lottery! šŸ™‚

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