A few years ago, I told my daughter that my parents had sold the pharmacy, the place that I was working. She had a complete meltdown. “No! It’s your dream!” I sat down with her to explain that it was not my dream, but rather my family was my dream. She questioned my pharmacy career and asked why then was I a pharmacist. She was so insightful for such a little girl. Her questions and thoughts stuck with me and prompted my own questions since.
Why was I a pharmacist? Why had a chosen that career? It wasn’t long following my graduation from pharmacy school that I realized that I had chosen the wrong career. I didn’t know how to fix that. I had just spent 6 years in college in a specialized field. It would take me years to uncover the truth.
I learned a few things along the way.
1. Be yourself.
2. Support children in their dreams, not yours.
3. We are all unique individuals. Quit trying to make kids all the same.
4. Find out what makes your soul shine.
5. Your dreams belong to you. No need to explain.
It’s taken a while to uncover my dream. I know now that I chose pharmacy to be safe and gain the approval of my parents. What I wanted was not an option. As a result, I lost myself entirely.
What’s your dream?