Growing up, I had a few different dreams. To clarify, I mean future aspirations rather than those whilst asleep. I had plenty of the latter as a teenage boy, but I don’t think now is the right time or place to open that Pandora’s box of raging hormones.
What I wanted out of life was pretty simple on the face of it. A family. A nice home. Plenty of money. To be happy. And to have a career as a pirate, Power Ranger and footballer – notice the ‘and’ and not ‘or’. Fast forward a few years and I’ve managed to tick a few of these things off the list.
At the ripe old age of 31, my life is quite close to what I expected. I have a wife, a daughter, a sausage dog, a house, all the stuff we need and am happy (but often grumpy too). We could do with more money, but I reckon even the wealthiest of people still want more mula. As we’re unlikely to win the lottery or for me to get a six-figure book deal, our finances are what they are.
The one thing you might notice is that my career hasn’t quite gone how I dreamt it would. Rather than the swashbuckling, mighty-morphing, goals-scoring life I envisaged, I’ve instead had to settle for the world of business consultancy and at-home parenting. Considering the bad moods that some of my previous clients were in though, it wasn’t actually that too dissimilar to dealing with a pissed off Rita Repulsa. It just involved less spandex.
I haven’t fully written this off as a future career, but I do realise that time is ticking. The fact that I don’t live near the sea, don’t know martial arts and haven’t been scouted whilst playing 6-a-side footy makes a career change a very slim possibility. Still, you’ve got to live in hope. As Walt Disney famously said – “If you can dream it, you can do it”.
These days, my dreams revolve around my daughter. At just over two, she’s a little young to know what she wants from life in the future, but I look forward to seeing these aspirations develop. Not only that, but I hope that I can do everything in my power to help her achieve these dreams, whatever they are. For now, her dreams seem to revolve around watching Peppa Pig on repeat and consuming as much peanut butter as she can – on toast, in porridge and smeared on fruit. Living the nutty dream indeed.
It’s interesting thinking about what she might aspire to be in the future though. She’s a big fan of animals, so maybe a vet, zoo keeper or lion tamer? She’s also a very active little kid so I can totally see her doing something sporty or outdoorsy. Whether that’s something that currently interests her – swimming, dancing, gymnastics or football – or something new she’ll pick up in the future.
The early signs look promising though. Research by Sun-Pat peanut butter for their Fuel Your Dreams campaign – designed to ensure that people have the energy to follow their dreams – shows that four out of five people with an active childhood achieved their dreams. What’s more, 91% of us are positively encouraging our children to pursue their dreams from a young age – that does kind of make me worry about the 9% of parents that aren’t though!
Win Your Dream For The Day
As part of this campaign, Sun-Pat are running a competition for two people to experience their dream for a day alongside Olympic hero Adam Peaty or TV presenter Helen Skelton. There’s also eight runner-up prizes of a year’s supply of Sun-Pat Peanut Butter to keep your energy, protein and fibre levels up, as well as a £1,000 donation to a local group of their choice to ensure future stars are equipped to achieve their dreams.
You can enter by telling Sun-Pat what you’ve always dreamed of doing using the entry form on their website or by using #SunPatDreams on social media. The competition is open to UK residents of all ages and closes on 16th November. Full details are at www.sunpat.co.uk/fuelyourdreams.
What were your childhood dreams? Did you achieve them, or are you still working towards fulfilling them? What do you think your kid(s) dream about being in the future? Let me know below!
N.B. This is a collaborative post written with Sun-Pat peanut butter.