I read. A whole lot. Most times I read multiple books at the same time. Currently one of the books in my horizon is “Becoming” by Michelle Obama. Gosh that woman is amazing. If you haven’t read it, do so. Trust me.
I wish I could take credit for those words above but I can’t. This is only a drop in the ocean of the amazing thoughts that flitter in Michelle’s head.
I always heard that question. I’m sure everyone has in one form or another. Do you know what pressure feels like? Get asked that question. There are answers expected of you. Specific answers. If your answer doesn’t fall within that specification, you’re still just a child who doesn’t know what he/she wants.
But that’s the thing! You were actually a child who didn’t know what you wanted yet. You were struggling with kid stuff. Stuff like learning to whistle or tying laces or using your mother’s make up to look oh so fine (Mum, if you’re reading this, I did not do that. Scout’s honor. I might do it now though).
We live in a world of infinite possibilities. A world where growth occurs at an amazing pace. People say change is constant. So true. You know what’s also constant? Growth. You can change but not grow. But you can’t grow and not change.
Doctors. Lawyers. Accountants. Oh if a child gave any of those answers, the grown up would be so proud. He/she knows what she wants. Heading on the right path (a path that’s becoming filled up).
Writer. Musician. Food critic. If a child gave any of these answers, the parent might be advised to set the child on another path. The right path.
What do you want to be when you grow up? We rush into that world of growing up and then what? Most of us are still confused on how to answer that question. Yet, we’re “grown up.”
The world is filled with endless possibilities. Oh yes. It’s also filled with endless paths. Just ask Dorothy in the land of Oz. Or ask Alice from the land of wonders. You don’t have to be something when you grow up. Nah.
You can be many things. You can be anything. Just like Michelle said, growing up is not finite. It’s constant. You’re still growing up. I’m still growing up. We’re in a world filled with people in different stages of “growing up.”
Day by day, nothing changes. But when you look back, everything feels different. A fact of life.
So let kids be kids. Don’t ask them that question filled with so much pressure. Instead show them that there are endless possibilities in life. Show them not to settle. Show them that growth is always an option. Show them that it’s okay not to be in a hurry to grow up.Because at the end of the day, some of them might spend their whole lives and still not have an answer to the question,
“What do you want to be when you grow up?”
Till next time, keep musing.