When I was a little girl, I thought I was going to grow up the moment I turn 20. Now, when I’m 23, I realize I have a few more years before I check that off my bucket list.
My mother is an IT engineer. My father is a TV mechanic. Let’s say I have seen a couple of screens in the earliest years of my life. It did interest me, but I was just a kid. What did I know? I knew I wanted to finish my homework and go outside to play basketball. I surely did not know on what I wanted to spend eight hours a day.
My mom and dad inspired me to always do something that makes me feel happy. Something that provides me with comfort and satisfaction. Something that makes me proud of myself. I used it as a weapon in tons of battles I have fought with what I am, what I want to be and what people want me to be. I did not win all the battles. Nevertheless I always walked out as a winner.
In my senior year of high school, I had to think about college. It was inevitable, since I was only a few months away from a decision that could affect my entire future. No pressure, right? The first encounter I had with something regarding my job was when we were introduced to Pascal. At that point, I really had no idea about what it was or how it worked. Like no idea at all.
I was a hard-working student so I tried to learn everything I had to in order to get a good grade. What fascinated me about learning programming was the amount of power held in just a few lines of code. How come I write a few words and numbers and the equation is solved under 10 seconds? I was, to my own surprise, pretty good at it. However, the classes lasted too short for me to get fully attached. I didn’t think about it after a while, since I had to focus on finishing high school.
When I look back, I can say with certainty that the biggest decision in my life was deciding on which college to enroll into. It was an overwhelming experience and, luckily, it paid off. I knew what I didn’t want to do in life. But I couldn’t really point a finger at what I did want. I loved maths and I remembered loving programming. It resulted in choosing Computing and Control Engineering and to me being where I am now.
As I said, I have never dreamed about what I want to do when I grow up. What I dreamed about is how I want to feel doing my job and what I want to accomplish; how I want to prosper and strive for greatness every single day. That has been my dream from the very beginning. And that dream didn’t get smaller by doing less significant things. Actually, it never got smaller. It only expanded along with my own possibilities.
My point is – you don’t have to dream about what kind of work you will do, how low or high your salary will be or what you will be able to afford. Dare to dream about things you can have an influence on, like yourself. Those dreams tend to be the hardest, but in return they fill you with unimaginable emotions. Grow, flourish, evolve. Dreams will come true. They may change along the way, but they are forever yours.
I have never dreamed about what I want to do when I grow up. What I dreamed about is how I want to feel doing my job and what I want to accomplish.