Dream a Little Dream... And Then Do It!

You know that question,
"so what do you want to be when you grow up?"

or that other question,
"so tell me, what is your dream job?"

Little devils aren't they! If you're one of the lucky ones who knows what you want to do as a job, and perhaps you've known since you were four years old, bravo! I applaud you, and I'm proud of you. Because figuring out what you want to do for the rest of your life is a flipping hard thing to do! I don't know many people who know what they want to do and are following the path to do it.

When you get to choosing A-Levels, and then perhaps going on to choosing a degree to study at university or deciding you want to leave school and get a job right away, there is SO  much pressure to decide then and there what direction you want to be heading in. Pressure not only from school, parents, teachers, peers... but a great deal of pressure from yourself I think - pressure to make the right  decision, to not mess up. And I think you often get cornered into doing something because you have to take a next step, you don't really have a choice there, but the choice of which path to take is daunting and challenging.

Now I'm going to tell you a little something here, much to the likely disagreement or apprehension of teachers or parents or whoever, and probably to the apprehension of yourself too...
I'm starting to figure out that you don't actually  have to figure out what job you want to do from 9-5.

Hear me out.

I've never really known what job I want to do. When I was a lot younger, maybe 10 or 11, I decided that I wanted to be a lawyer. If anyone asked me, that's what I would say outright. Turns out that ten-year-old Steph didn't actually know what a lawyer was, and only gave that answer because she'd heard the word mentioned one day, and that it sounded clever and important, and her ambition was set.
Ten years later, no, I don't want to be a lawyer. Ironically, my 18 y/o sister is applying to study law at university (good on you little duck) and I personally wouldn't go near a law course with a barge pole.

For as long as I can remember, I was interested in computers - not the technical side (all the maths-y, physics-y, mechanical stuff) but the creative side. I would spend hours and hours  on Windows 97 Paint creating pictures of parks and beaches and more parks. As I got a little older, say about 9 or 10, I really got into making little videos (probably just putting a few photos together to music) and then when I fell deep into the world of MSN at age 11, and Dad bought me a webcam so I could video call my friends who I'd just got home from school seeing, I discovered the art of making webcam videos. They're hilarious, genuinely, little 11 y/o me talking to a webcam about absolutely nothing. But OH I loved it. I was super super shy as a child and I had my own little worlds and talked to myself to a webcam and all was fab.

Anyway, I digress.

So yes I grew up with computers and video editing software (namely Windows Movie Maker) and then Piczo and Tumblr and all the social media that popped into the world. And by the age of 15, I knew I wanted to take Media as one of my A-Levels because it was a hobby of mine and it put fire in my belly, you know?

So I did Media A-Level, and it was okay (more essay writing than anything - nothing's changed now either) but I got even more into making videos, vlogs, that kind of thing. And then of course, I blinked, and it was 2013 and I had to make the decision: to uni or not to uni? And I was never really keen on it (I now know why) but I went on a uni trip with school and had a blast and thought, yeah, okay, let's do uni.

Let's do media at uni.

And here I am, and I don't enjoy my course in the slightest, but I fall more in love with making stuff (films, websites, vlogs) every day outside of uni and it's given me great opportunities, and I've been thinking. This time next year I'll be nearly 21 years old, graduating with a degree in media production and the world is literally my oyster.

I still have no idea what I want to do when I leave. I don't have a dream job. I just know that making media - media that makes other people happy - makes me happy. And these past few weeks I've been dreaming up all sorts of things that I can do in my life, jobs that don't feel like jobs, work that not only pays the bills but makes me feel on fire! I'm going to set up a wedding videography business later this year after discovering that I love filming love. But who knows what else I could do! Anything!

My point is this.
(I think I've forgotten my point. When am I going to learn not to ramble so much?)

No, my point is this. If you know what you want to do as a job, then that's really, really awesome. But don't limit yourself to just that. Don't put yourself in a box. If you know you want to be a nurse, go and be a nurse, but don't think that that's all you'll ever do, because it may not be.
The more you open yourself to all possibilities, and progress through life with an understanding and acceptance that anything could present itself, or change, or come into your life and that it could be incredible, the more alive you will feel, and the more you're inviting wonderful things to happen to you.
If you don't have a "dream job", dream anything! Trust that all will work out. Trust that you will find something, many things, that will excite you in ways you never even thought of.

And if one day, a little dream pops up and you think wow, that would be so much fun   just go for it! Don't ever limit yourself to "oh but I have no money" or "oh but so-and-so won't like it" or "oh but I'm not good enough or smart enough or brave enough". If it excites you, if it could be something amazing, why don't you give it a go? The universe will provide anything you need to do that thing. The only thing that would stop you is yourself.

Don't be the thing that stops you.

Instead, be open to these wonderful jobs and careers and opportunities out there, to ones that don't even exist yet. Dream a little dream, and then do it!

Life will be really flipping fantastic if you do x


  1. I think that dreaming is really important as dreams give us a power to move on to our goals. In my opinion, if we do not dream, we will never achieve something more and will never become a better versions of ourselves.