Is 10 Year Old You Happy?

At some point in our lives, we have likely had this question asked of us, or had this conversation with someone. And I was recently reminded of this while watching TV, and had a commercial asking us this very question: Would your 10 year old self, be happy with what you have become today?

In a sense, this is sort of where I have been going with my current life choices and decisions: I am unhappy with what I am doing so I am setting out to explore and do something that brings me joy.  In all fairness, when I was 10 years old I had aspirations of being a pro baseball or basketball player, and not a firefighter, or a teacher or even a therapist. But the point of it, was I wanted to do something that made me happy (and also make me famous and have a lot of money).  And perhaps that is a topic for another time, in that I was so focused on that, and my views changed to just be the money or the fame, that I followed whatever path i thought would make me money and money would make me happy.

In a sense, my 10 year old self would be happy with where I am: Nice house, beautiful wife, 2 kids, 2 cars, a steady job, food on the table and money to travel and enjoy life with. What 10 year old me may not understand, is that while have all of those things in nice, its not everything. I mean do not get me wrong, my wife and kids are everything to me, and if I did not have their support I wouldn’t think of leaving my job. I would do anything for their happiness, and that has always been my #1 priority.

I can probably safely say that 10 year old me is indifferent. He is happy that I have found a great family and own a nice home. He may be mad I wasn’t able to pitch a World Series no-hitter or take a pass from Steph Curry to drain the game winning 3 over LeBron James, But I think he would understand. I think he may be confused as to why I would be going back to school to follow a passion like that, because 10 year old me loved money. But my hope is 10 year old me would understand, and ultimately be happy, because 33 (almost 34) year old me was going to be happy.

What about you? Is your 10 year old self happy? Share your thoughts below and let me know if you are happy!

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14 thoughts on “Is 10 Year Old You Happy?

  1. Love this post, and no my ten-year old self would have been unhappy with me several years ago. Like you and many, I had aspirations as a child. My true passion was to be a professional dancer. I forsook a natural talent when I went to college for materialistic things that conflicted with my spirit. After years on Wall Street, I’m finally seeing the light. I’m pursuing a second passion as a writer, the dancer in me still lives on as a fitness enthusiast! Thank you for sharing your post. I believe many of us are trying to be who we are meant to be. It’s a daunting journey but well worth it when we reach our destination. 🙂

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  2. I think my self at 10 didn’t have the depth of understanding an adult needs to live a full life… If I were to go back to my self at that young age, I think she would be happy getting paid to play with dolls and write… I do half of that (the writing part) and hope to have more time for dolls soon 😉

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  3. Great idea for a blog post, I hope you don’t mind if I copy this and do a similar one for myself. I too have went down the path of assuming that success and happiness would happen if I took a path that led to me being financially secure and able to travel and not worry about money day to day. Indifference is a great way of how my 10 year old self would feel about me, and how I feel today about my actions and path. Keep up the good work!


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  4. I think my 10-year-old self wouldn’t believe who I am now. I was so incredibly shy and a bit odd. I had big dreams at 10, but honestly felt that it would take a miracle for them to ever come true because I just didn’t quite fit in. Thank goodness we don’t have the world figured out at 10-years-old! Thanks for your reflection! This was a great read!

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  5. Thanks for the question – it was certainly thought provoking. My life hasn’t panned out the way – my 10 year old self would have wanted. I always dreamed of having a secure future, marriage and kids. That hasn’t been my story. I live a useful, contented life and I’m happy today (which I definitely wasn’t at age 10). There is nothing that amazing my life – but I used to get told I would never succeed at anything, so I think my 10 year old self would be amazed at the life I have today.

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  6. No my 10 year old self wanted to be a movie star loved and adored by millions.

    I am loved by one husband, three very seeeet grandchildren, two dogs, a cat and some birds and that is enough for me. . I have failed as a mother(long sad story) but I am starting over and like I said I am loved by my husband, my grandchildren, two dogs…

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