Children have great aspirations. They want to be firemen, the President, ballet dancers, doctors, snake wranglers and All Blacks. They want to own their own homes, have families and travel the world. Our aspirations stem from our imaginations when we are young, which is the way it should be, but a study by Barclays bank shows that two out of five people feel some disappointment at not achieving their childhood dreams.
However, despite many dreams being fulfilled later than many of us expected, 33% of respondents still claim life has turned out ‘differently but for the better’. This third found that better life experiences, more travel and more personal challenges were the main reasons for achieving different, but better outcomes.
If you think that having kids was one of the best things you’ve done in your life then you’re not alone. The study found that nearly 60% said that having children is key to a ‘rich life’. This life achievement was followed by getting married, buying a home, securing a good job and being with friends.
The study confirms what we already know: that we’re taking more time to do what we set out to do because of societal and financial pressures. A third admitted that their goals are hard to achieve because life is more expensive that they realized, while many said that they were too busy to tackle other goals.
Life throws us a whole bunch of curve balls. Some we manage to hit out of the park, while with others we get to first base or even strike out. That, as they say, is life, but one thing we should never forget is to always aspire to live our dreams, keep dreaming and aspiring to do better, be better. (And have lots of grandchildren!)