I’ve never had one of those ‘when I grow up I want to be…’ moments. I was never sure what I wanted to be, even now I’m not 100% sure. But I know I’ll get there eventually!
Last weekend I was babysitting a local family, one of the children asked me did I like my job. I politely smiled. Now don’t get me wrong I love my job, I work in a fabulous organisation, have great responsibility and have gained exposure in areas of the industry I use to only dream about.
Of course that question was followed by many other questions. Do you do something new every day? Is it fun? All the questions got me thinking… Children have such an innocent view on life, to them it seems silly for someone to do a job that isn’t their dream job! When did that change? At what age do we stop thinking that way?
I have always been a strong believer in never doing something that does not make you happy! My parents use to laugh at me each time I reminded them of that. Dad would always say ‘everyone must start with the ‘dirty jobs’ and make their way up’. I can understand this concept as I see so many of my friends on the repetitive cycle of look for a job, go for an interview, not get the job due to no experience. How on earth is anyone meant to gain this experience if they no-one will take a leap of faith and give them a job??
I have totally gone off topic… welcome to my mind!
At what point in a child’s life are they told being an astronaut/ firefighter/ princess is not realistic? Why can’t we all grow up understanding that anything is possible with some hard work and dedication? Fair enough, being a princess is a bit far fetch, but a girl can dream!
It’s time to teach the children in your life that they can achieve anything they want once they set their mind to it! Better yet, show them!!