The Real Million-Dollar Question

“What do you want to be when you grow up? What kind of work do you wanna do? So what’s the post-grad plan?”

No matter how people have put it, I’ve always struggled to answer this million-dollar question. The inquiries haven’t stopped as I’ve gotten older either. Instead they’ve simply been rephrased.

“Do you think you’ll stay with your company for awhile? What’s next for you? So tell me, what’s the five-year plan?”

Finding the correct response somehow seems to get more difficult rather than easier. Each question is loaded with expectation, and the pressure seems to rise with each passing year.

“Oh gosh. I’m 20 {fill-in-the-blank} years old. I should have a set career plan by now. I can’t tell them I’m still figuring out where I see myself in the next year, let alone five. And please sweet Jesus, don’t let them ask about marriage/babies. For the sake off all parties involved, let’s just not go there.”

The reality is, no matter how it’s phrased, answering the question of what the future holds doesn’t get easier with age. All the answers don’t fall out of the sky on your next birthday or when you walk down the aisle, or even when you land a new job. In fact, I’ve found that a lot of people who ask me this question – people my parents’ age – don’t know the answer themselves. That’s right, people in their 40s and 50s and are still trying to figure out what they want to be “when they grow up.”

I think there’s a better question we should be asking young people. This one comes with the freedom to breathe and to dream and to come alive, rather than the pressure to have it all figured out.

What’s your passion? What is the one thing that truly makes you come alive? When does your heart sing? What makes you feel the most YOU? 

I believe that the question of passion is the most important one a person can be asked, and that the answer can {and should} shape the response to all the others. Maybe yours is a 9 to 5, or maybe it’s not {yet}. Maybe your answer comes quickly, or maybe you haven’t discovered it. What’s important is that we each find the answer to this – the real – million-dollar question.

I’m started to figure out my passion. At first it felt like wading through a fog, thick and heavy and impossible to find. But then I began to consider my natural gifts and talents, my hobbies and my interests. What do I enjoy? What do others say I’m good at? And, most importantly, how can I use that to glorify God?

You may still be trying to answer the question of passion, and that’s okay! I believe the crucial point is to never stop seeking. A wise man {aka: my dad – seriously, as wise as they come} once told me that the worst thing you can do is meet the person you wanted to be. Imagine running into that person 20 years from now and seeing that they’re living out your dreams.

Instead, find your passion and pursue it, recreationally or vocationally. Because don’t you want to live a passionate life? I know I do.


One Comment Add yours

  1. emgood625 says:

    Follow your passion, be open to opportunities, and pray all the way. You are doing great. Dad

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