Last week 10-year-old Angel asked me what I wanted to be as a grown up when I was her age. She followed up by saying, “Because nobody grows up wanting to be an Executive Assistant. That just sounds weird.” Gulp!
My heart sank a little bit as I completely agreed with her. I like what I do, but it is not a dream job for me.
The answer I gave her (which is completely true) is that I always wanted to be a Dallas Cowboys Cheerleader. My parents gave me a signed calendar when I was a child and I was hooked. I thought the women were so beautiful and they always looked happy.
Most of my childhood was spent chasing that dream. I took endless ballet classes, signed up for anything related to dance, became a Varsity cheerleader on my first tryout and ultimately transitioned to Captain of my high school team.
“Oh, I think that I found myself a cheerleader.
She is always right there when I need her.” ~ Omi, Jamaican singer
The conversation with my daughter has continued to run through my mind. My State of Slim coach is also currently asking me what I want to bring forth in my life.
My answer is: More of what I have now. I see myself as an everyday cheerleader. I give words of affirmation to my partner daily. I’m rooting for my children’s success – always. My friends come to me for support and encouragement. Belonging to the support team at EKS&H brings me pride. Encouraging fellow State of Slim participants gives me a sense of community. It is my hope that writing this blog gives inspiration to others. I am as much a cheerleader today as I was back in high school.
So yes, the title Executive Assistant is not glamorous. It is, however how I currently make the majority of my income. It is also one of the MANY extensions of the cheerleader I identify as.
This life (I recently celebrated 45 years) has been filled with amazing adventures and I’m excited to see what I create next. Letting go of the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleader dream does not come with regrets as I have manifested an existence as a real life cheerleader for myself and everyone I connect with.
It would be great to say I was able to go into this much explanation with the 10-year-old. Perhaps we’ll chat about this one another day. At the time of our conversation she was very excited to share her dreams of becoming an inventor. Of course I will do everything in my power to help her get there.
What about you? What was your childhood dream career? I would love to reminisce with you in the comments below.
All my love,