Unrealistic Aspirations

Aspiration (noun): ‘A hope or ambition of achieving something’.

“My aspiration in life would be… to be happy.”

Unrealistic aspirations. A topic that’s only discussed in relation to young people’s career aspirations. Yes, you read that right. I’ve toyed with writing about this topic for a while, and then a few weeks ago I read an article that gave me the push to do so. An article that criticised young people for wanting to fulfil a career in acting or singing as opposed to becoming construction workers or teachers. Now, I know for more than 90% of people these aspirations will remain a dream and they will come to terms with ‘normality’ to focus their attention on a different career path, but we all have to admire the minority who make these aspirations their reality. And with that admiration, maybe it’s time to stop criticising young people for their ‘unrealistic’ career choices and give them the push to pursue with their dreams. After all, we all have these unrealistic aspirations, whether we like to admit it or not, and here are some of mine.

Write and publish a book.

One that’s probably on a lot of people’s lists. Easier said then done. I think us readers take for granted just how much time and effort goes into writing a book. The months of planning and scrapping ideas, writing paragraphs some days and struggling to write a word other days, and designing the cover of the book to grab a persons attention. Something I would love to do. I mean, it goes without saying that I love writing. If I didn’t I wouldn’t be here writing this blogpost, I wouldn’t have spent years staying up late and researching for an English essay that wouldn’t even count towards my final grade, and I wouldn’t have co-wrote a book with one of my friends when we were fourteen. That last one I’m not proud of, it was awful, trust me!

Discover a cure for… anything.

Any time a person wants to discover a cure for something it’s always the same horrid disease, cancer. An illness that is becoming more and more frequent in our daily lives. As much as I would love to be apart of a discovery of a treatment to abolish a type of cancer, I need to remind myself that there’s other diseases to worry about too. I’ll stick to reading research papers for now though while I work to achieving my science degree.

Create a cruelty free makeup brand.

Something that’s becoming more and more frequent. It’s fantastic seeing how many YouTubers, Bloggers and makeup artist are putting their stamp on the industry to create and sell their own personal branded products. Huda Beauty, Makeup Geek and Laura Lee to name a few. Who knows, maybe my science degree will give me an advantage here!

Open a bookshop café.

Books, coffee and cakes. What’s not to love? This is one that I probably could achieve in the future if I set my mind to it and kindly asked my lovely parents for advice on how to run a business. I’m in a very special positions where not only do I have a part time job, but the business that I work in is owned by my own parents. I’m introduced to the behind the scenes of how you run a business and how to build up relationships brands representatives.

Direct a movie.

Not a lot of people know this, but when I was first trying to decide what college course I wanted to do I was very confused and overwhelmed by everything on offer. One of the things that I was very adamant on doing was going into film production. I looked up courses in Dublin, Cork and the UK to help me with this dream and was practically set on pursuing it. But ultimately I was ‘brought down to earth’ after talks with aunts, teachers and guidance councillors. It’s still an aspiration of mine, so much so that I have a list of film ideas on my phone that I would love to be produced some day.

Somehow get involved in the music industry.

Music, books, makeup, movies and science. I really do want to dip my foot in everything. All I’m missing is an ambition to become a world famous footballer. I think I’ll leave that aspiration to my brother. Anyway, the music industry. Now I don’t mean that I want to become a world famous singer that plays sold out concerts in the biggest arenas in the world. That would be HELL for a person like me. I’d much prefer to work behind the scenes. Whether it’s writing a song, directing a music video, working behind the scenes in a musical theatre production, or even hosting my own radio show. I really don’t care. I just want to do it.

So those are my unrealistic aspirations. I have now realised just how predictable I am as a person in society, but never the less, I’m happy to share what I dream about whenever I’m staring out of a window on a long, long journey.


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