Reflect on your Interests, Hopes and Dreams

Until you make peace with who you are … you’ll never be content with what you have. — Doris Mortman

The time has come to think about your future

When you are prepared to think seriously about your future, you should get out pen and paper and write your answers. Tomorrow and next week, and next month, you might think of other things to add to your lists.

Begin by listing your interests.

1. List any hobbies.  List things you really like doing.

2. List classes you enjoy most. List subjects you are good at. List other classes you’d really like to take.

3. What have you always want to do but haven’t had the chance yet?

4. What issues are you involved in or concerned about?

5. Name ten jobs that you would most enjoy doing, if you didn’t need to worry about money.

6. Who would you want to be compared to? Albert Einstein, Martin Luther King,  Mother Theresa, Steve Jobs, Donald Trump, Jacque Cousteau, Mariah Carey, Stephen Spielberg, Howard Gardner, Elvis Presley, Pablo Picasso, Michael Jordan….. name your own heroes.

6. What are some of the possibilities you have considered for a college major?

 Reflect on your hopes and dreams for your future.

Until you make peace with who you are … you’ll never be content with what you have. — Doris Mortman

 Ask “What do I really want most out of life?”

Perhaps you are thinking about Choosing a Major, or Choosing a Career.

As you answer these questions, free yourself to dream wildly. If you want to be on the first ship going to Mars, write it down. If you want to write children’s books and be more loved than Dr. Seuss, write it down. If you want to find ways to feed all the hungry children in the world, or in your hometown, write it down.

Don’t write things down that someone should do. Write what YOU would like to do.

4. Which of these are most important to you? 

A.  being famous, being recognized as important or as an authority, possibly by making important discoveries about the brain, or inventing something to makes people’s lives better, being a best-selling author, being a great singer or musician or artist or movie star, or politician, or   ……

B. Do you dream of earning a great deal of money? At least a million, maybe billions?

C.  Do you dream of  becoming a success, making enough money to live comfortably and being respected in the community?

D.  Do you dream of participating in some worthy cause, possibly hoping to change the world in some way?  What kind of changes would you want to make?

E.  Do you dream of getting married and raising a family?

F.  Do you dream of living a quiet peaceful life without any of the above?

Knowing what you really want most in life should help you choose your major. While you want to choose a subject you enjoy studying, it is also important to consider if it will prepare you  to doing the kind of work you want to do.

You need to begin thinking about this, but you cannot expect to make any final choices. As you grow and learn, you will see new and more interesting possibilities. Your ideas will change.

You need  to ask these questions continually until the end of your life. When you are 50 or 70 or even 90 years old, you should still dream. You will still ask yourself what you really want to do with the rest of your life.

As the sun, on rising, makes the world active, so does self-awareness affect changes in the mind.  In the light of calm and steady self-awareness, inner energies wake up and work miracles without effort on your part. — Sri Nisargadatta Majaraj