I am gainfully employed in work that is meaningful and engaging, but I still find the question “what’s your dream job?” useful in orienting my short-term priorities and long-term goals. It helps me add zest to my work through tapping into my passions and dreams and it helps me determine how to most meaningfully spend my free time.
We all have various baselines throughout our everyday lives, including how much we exercise, how clean we keep our houses and the amount of social stimulation we need to feel happy. Knowing yours can help you on the path to self-knowledge, acceptance and growth.
Our initial brushes with homesickness don’t always reveal the true story of what we miss, and for a few different reasons, I think it’s important to spend some time getting clear about what we long for from times past.
Regardless of our stage in life, we are whole, valuable human beings, who are also incomplete and still growing. We can simultaneously notice and name our limitations while accepting ourselves at the stage we are in.
Asking this question can help you examine your identity and feel the pleasure of gratitude as you reflect on the people, places and experiences that have molded you into the person who you are.