When I was in high school, I had my whole life planned out and the idea seemed flawless. I was going to spend a year working as a look-alike at Disney World, get a major in musical theatre/English education, join the Peace Corps, travel the world and then eventually work at a high school (and you know, maybe work for National Geographic in my free time). According to my ten-year-plan, this all should have happened by now.
One of those things have happened. My high school self would have considered my mid-twenties self a huge failure. But she didn't account for one huge thing: your dreams can change and that's okay.
This past week, I spent a lot of time with nature and family and had time to contemplate a forthcoming career opportunity. I had a job opportunity that I would have died for just a year ago. I felt inclined to take it because it was what I wanted, but my gut was telling me that it wasn't what I want.
And that's okay.
You can't let yourself be trapped by old, unrealized dreams. If they're still what you want, awesome, go make them happen! But don't make them happen because you feel like you need to prove something. It's okay to want something different than what you've wanted before. Let yourself change. Your dreams will always be realized in one way or another.