Just last night our six-year-old son proudly declared who he wanted to be when he grew up. I’m not sure the order of his list had any significance, as it sounded like he wants to do/be all. I’m simply happy he seems to have back-up plans of B & C.
He happily announced, “I want to work at Chick-fil-A, be an illustrator, and a writer!”
Sorry dad, he made no mention of music in this round of future wishes. I’m surprised he failed to mention he wants to work on Minecraft every day. He has expressed this goal before. I was hopeful he’d want to build our dream home. I will admit, this mama squealed a bit internally at the fact he used the term illustrator instead of artist and he wants to be a writer. I’d imagine his artistically inclined sister might have influenced him a bit, but judging by a recent project, I think he has chosen a field in which he may excel.
Are you who you wanna be if you consider yourself a grown-up? Are you doing what you said you wanted to do when you were little and we set such expectations for ourselves?
I recall saying I wanted to be a baby doctor. I’m not sure how old I was when I first wished this for my future, but I do remember using that as a goal well into early high school. I don’t think I wanted to deliver babies, just care for them, and help them grow. When I realized all the math, anatomy, and chemistry involved, I shifted course.
But I did work for a children’s hospital for nearly 14 years. I consider that a win! Sharing stories of the patients and staff, interviewing people, writing, working with a very creative and dedicated team.
I also have given birth to four children. So I think I have mastered a bit of that baby doctor goal, in a round about way. Most days I feel like a grown-up, but I still have a lot of growth ahead.
Are you happy with who you are? Do you remember sharing at a young age, who you wanted to be when you grew up? How does that match what you are doing with your life’s work?
Honestly, I believe it is never too late to change directions. I’m curious about what path our children will take. I think it will be fun to share this post with them at a later date.