Realizing a Dream

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Living A Dream
By Danielle Solis

Have you ever heard a celebrity brag about how s/he gets to ‘live my dream every day’ by acting or singing? I used to listen to various artists say this on television or radio interviews and wonder what they meant. What could that possibly feel like? I thought that must be the definition of success. As a quality assurance and project manager for a media metrics company, I was able to use my Psychology and English training while earning a fairly lucrative income. I considered myself relatively successful, but after six years of 50-plus hour weeks and a relentless dedication to my job, I realized I was not completely fulfilled. I am happily married and fortunate to be raising three beautiful children, but I knew that I was not living my dream every day. As my thirty-fifth birthday approached, I knew it was time to step out of my comfort zone to define my personal and professional success by pursuing my lifelong dream of becoming a teacher. Since my early teen years I’ve always been drawn to helping children. When I was in high school I worked as a summer camp counselor at Texas Lions Camp for Handicapped children, in college I taught preschool as a part time job, and I was always inundated with babysitting opportunities. With all that early experience working with children I have often been asked why I did not study education in college. I am actually not quite sure why. The only reason I can think of is that I had the feeling that I was not ready to dedicate my life to teaching. My mind was set on studying Psychology to eventually become a licensed counselor and satisfy my philanthropic spirit and need to contribute to society in a positive way. After graduating with a Psychology degree, I immediately entered the business world able to climb corporate ladders, rewarded with titles and pay raises. But these achievements felt superficial. Once I stepped back and inventoried my life, I realized I was not feeling...
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