|Lennon, inspiring even at age 5 image via pinterest|
I found this on pinterest on the week end and it resonated with me so strongly. It lead me to ponder on how different our lives would be if happiness was the focus of the decisions we make as adults. It makes me think about the reasons I have made decisions in the past and whether they were for the ultimate gain of happiness? Mostly they were but some major ones were not. As children we are so ingrained with the ideas that success comes from being a 'something'; teacher, nurse, author or business owner etc. So, as adults we allow ourselves to be defined by a job, career or title and also measure our believed level of success by such definitions.
I don't recall wanting to be anything at age 5, I really had to think hard about it. All I could remember with regards to being a grown up, way back then was playing with my dolls and thinking about how many kids I would have and what my family would look like. Coincidentally (or maybe not), I am now a stay at home mum focused on creating the best life I can for my family and I, and that makes me truly fulfilled and happy. Out of curiosity, I may just give my mum a call and ask her what she remembers about my thoughts at age five. I would like to think that Mr P and I are encouraging our children to be happy, content, valued and loved to name a few when they grow up and to seek out the success that their own hearts can then freely desire.
Do you remember what you wanted to be when you were 5 years old and how close to that is your life now as an adult? I'd love to hear about it.