Imagine yourself back to the state when you were in the year 2000. How did you see the future? Does it bother you that you aged so much already? Fifteen years has passed and have you found what are you going to do in your life? What’s the next step you’re going to take?

 
People, things, and situations change all the time, but the bottom line is that there is a silver lining between your “old-self” (in this particular case, you as a child) and your “current-self”, so that you know who you are and you won’t get lost in the way to create your “true-self”.  As Shannon L. Alder once said, “If you want to discover the true character of a person, you have only to observe what they are passionate about.” The same way goes for yourself. 
 
Somehow, your childhood can reflect the way you are, the way you do things in the present, even what you are passionate about. Therefore, it can help you to project your future. I believe that we shouldn’t forget our childhood, our golden times.
 
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Try to reminiscing. What were the activities that you liked to do in your childhood? Your favorite treats or readings? Candies, perhaps? Or some cool detective comics and novels-The Famous Five by Enid Blyton or Alfred Hitchcock and The Three Investigators? Maybe it is not feasible for you to be an astronaut or a scientist, if you’ve taken different path right now. But anything that rings the bell of your childhood can be a significant part of your future, for example, by making it a business venture. 
 
Still can’t get the clear picture? Don’t worry, I’ve got some real examples of childhood love that turned into business. There’s Alice DuBois and her Candy Cottage shop; Bella Weems and her love of customizable lockets for jewelries; Barbara Mwamburi that uses her leisure time to mint money through art, and many more.
 
Of course, this is not always the case. You can also find your passion along your way, not only by looking back at your childhood. Maybe you should look around too. But hey, your childhood the sanctuary of your old life and memories. If you can figure out what you’re going to do in the future by looking back, why don’t you give it a try?
Written by Gabriela Septriana