Remember back when we were kids, and someone always asked, “What do you want to be when you grow up?”
Did you have a clear picture and a quick answer? Back in the day, it was common to hear things like doctor, teacher, nurse, fireman (yes, we used to say fireman)…titles of occupations that were prevalent, and that presented a clear picture and distinction of duties. Entrepreneur was certainly not a word heard back then.
And the question itself begged a specific answer; a word that would paint a very clear picture of an occupation.
I think, perhaps, the more appropriate question is “What do you want to DO when you grow up?”
If I’d been asked the question that way, I probably wouldn’t have said, “I want to be a phys ed teacher”.
I would have said I want to teach people. I want to see them play and laugh and sing and smile. I want to be active, always learning new things. I’ll read books….LOTS of books. I’ll help people when they’re down, and congratulate them on their accomplishments. I’ll cry when I’m sad and laugh hysterically when I’m happy. I’ll hug (but only those people who want to be hugged:)
Am I the person I dreamed I’d be? I like to think so. And it isn’t because I became something as an occupation, but because I’m becoming something as a human being. And I don’t think we just “grow up”. We grow due to and in spite of, “up” in terms of years, “out” in terms of horizons, “through” in terms of challenges, and “always” in terms of the school of life.
When you reflect back on what you thought you’d “be” or what you thought you’d “do”, are you living the life you dreamed of, or has the dream changed? And if you’re not living your dream(s), why not?