What do you want to be when you grow up?

Chances are you’ve been asked that question before.  If you haven’t, you will be.  As you get older, expect to hear it a lot.

It’s never too early to start planning for your future, or to at least be thinking about it.  Our choices and decisions set the path we follow in life.  There are many paths to choose from.  It really depends on where you want to go and what you want to do.  It sounds easy, but choosing can be confusing.

When planning for the work that you want to do in life, it helps to consider the things you enjoy.  Think of your talents, skills, and natural abilities.  How can they be put to use? You can also think of the talents, skills, and abilities that you want to develop.

Writing is something that I’ve always enjoyed.  Ever since I published my first picture book in Mrs. Kirk’s second grade class, I knew that writing would be a part of my life.  Though I didn’t drop out of school at age seven and begin a career as a professional writer, my future started then.

I kept writing.  In the years that followed, I had teachers in high school (Mr. Gorman) and in college (G.T. Lenard and Peter Murphy) who gave me the tools to become a better writer.  From there, I co-authored a young adult novel, then wrote a workbook, and now I write what you read here.

Is there something that you think about becoming someday?  What can you do today to start planning for it?  How can your talents, skills, and natural abilities be put to use? Remember, it’s never too early to start planning for your future, or to at least be thinking about it.

Looking back now, I see that I started planning for mine in Mrs. Kirk’s second grade classroom.  Oh, and in case you’re wondering why I’m not in the class photo above…I was absent that day.  😉

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