Childhood Dreams: What Do You Want to Be?
How many times has someone asked your child what they want to be when they grow up? I love hearing answers like a fireman, doctor, or dancer. One of my sons has prayed to be a helicopter pilot since he was old enough to say an amen. I love that five years later that’s still what he wants to be.
I also hope that if the time comes that he really does want to become a helicopter pilot that my husband and I can help him achieve that goal. Somewhere along the way to adulthood, many people abandon their childhood dreams. For a long time, I was one of those people. What I didn’t realize was they weren’t as far out of reach as I had thought. They just didn’t look exactly how I had imagined.
At one point in time, I wanted to be a professional basketball player. You can hardly blame me, the WNBA had just started while I was playing on my high school basketball team. I knew that it would never happen but that doesn’t mean I couldn’t dream about it.
Giving Our Children Hope
There is something inspiring about watching your children imagine what they will become in the elusive ‘someday’. You never know, they might actually achieve their dreams.
My brother always wanted to be a veterinarian and he became one. I also have a cousin who dreamed of becoming a pilot. He is now finishing his training to become a pilot for Alaska Airlines. He’ll be flying the jet model that our grandfather helped design when he worked at Boeing. That’s pretty awesome.
I’m so glad to have examples of people that accomplished their childhood dreams. There something inspiring about that for my children and for myself.
When We Are What We Thought We’d Be
Funny thing, sometimes accomplishing our childhood dreams doesn’t look exactly like we thought it would.
When I was young, I wanted to be one of two things, a writer or singer. I didn’t openly admit to either one because I thought they were both silly and far out of reach. I also didn’t know anybody that did either of those things.
It hit me just the other day that, in my own way, I have become both.
I can say that I am a writer and a singer.
I don’t sing professionally for a variety of reasons. But, I have the voice I always wanted. I had to work hard for it, which I know makes me more grateful than had I been blessed with it from the beginning.
I began writing professionally nine months ago. It was no accident that when I looked for jobs I could do from home, I was drawn to writing. Somehow those childhood dreams die hard. I’ve ended up doing exactly what I wanted when I was a little girl.
Which is both awesome and a little weird.
Of course, it’s not exactly like I thought it would be. I’ve written articles about plungers, body pillows, How Not to Wake Your Husband When Watching TV, and cowhide rugs. You won’t find my name on any of them because they’ve all been done as a ghost writer. In a way, I’m glad all those articles aren’t attributed to me. Nonetheless, its writing and I still like it.
I want my children to have hope that they can accomplish anything. I know someday life will prove otherwise, but I want them to start out with confidence in themselves. If they have that belief in the back of their minds, I’m sure they’ll accomplish far more than they or I thought possible.
What do you hope your children learn by following your example?