From the time a person is a child people tell them what they should become. Very few parents are going to say, “Johnny I think you should become a taxicab driver because it pays so well.”
I actually heard a man once tell a kid how his brainiac friend was basically a failure because he decided to become a taxicab driver. I thought that was a bit harsh at the time, and later I learned just how intelligent taxicab drivers can be. As a pedestrian I often walk and take the bus, but years ago I took a taxicab to the airport a couple of time. Once a taxi driver was telling me how people will make rude comments to him, and assume he somehow is a country pumpkin. It turns out he had quite a high IQ, but he felt comfortable sharing that with me because I am a nice person, and I listen to others. Once someone told me I just let others be who they are, and they feel comfortable talking to me because I am not judging them. I am a good listener, so maybe that was another reason he was divulging things he would not have said to anyone else.
In the years since I have been thinking that taxicab driver is quite brilliant, actually. He has a flexible job and can make a lot of money if he chooses to take people to the airport. Some parents might be disappointed if their kids aspired to be taxicab drivers, but why is that such a bad thing?
Maybe it is time to just let people be who they want to be. Maybe it is time to just be you. I am not a millionaire, married, and I do not have kids. I have met people who are always striving to be millionaires, and seem increasingly disappointed when their dreams do not pan out. I have had people react oddly when I say I am not married and I do not have kids. Well I think kids are great, but I am not in a rush to have one. I am not in a rush to get married either, and I do not “get out there” on the dating scene. I dated a few people in the past and found that we had nothing in common, and I did not want to keep trying. I found when I was around the age of thirty I preferred writing a blog post about an art project or watching a movie, and I realized that is just being me. I am probably not living up to someone’s ideal of what is amazing and best, but I would never be happy if that is all I aspired to.
What I have learned that is by just being you in the moment that you can be happy. Do what makes you content, and do not worry if that is going to disappoint others. Your happiness is paramount, and with life being so fragile and short, who are you living for anyway? Live for you, and not for what others think is best.