song in my head — “Diamonds” by The Boxer Rebellion
"When I grow up, I want to be..."
But what does it even mean to grown up?
The truth is, we're never fully grown, never finished learning and discovering. Or at least we shouldn't be.
In the depths of our souls, in the quiet places of our inner lives, a longing for progression and growth burns on. Our ideal state of mind, as the Robinsons put it, is to "keep moving forward." When we keep moving forward, failure is a welcomed teacher, and the process outweighs the destination.
Setting goals and resolutions is great, but building systems and processes is better, especially if those systems are tied to never "growing up," never being done with discovery.
So that dream you had when you were 15? That invention you sketch out when you were 21? The life you wanted when you were 8 and the world was full of possibility? It’s all still obtainable, no matter how many calendars you've spent on this planet. And the opportunities of the internet and technology make such dreams and ideas more accessible than ever.
So what did you want to be when you grew up?
If you're still breathing, you're still growing. So go be it.
"Happiness is a byproduct, not an actual destination." — Jewel