We have all been asked this question, at some point in our lives but most likely when we were wee children. What do you want to be when you grow up? When children are asked this question their typical socially acceptable responses are; policeman/woman, astronaut, teacher, lawyer, fireman/woman, etc. So young and already programmed to think inside of a box. However, there are always those few who think the impossible, beyond the sky limits and in creative spaces no one has ever imagined.
How can time take this skill away from us and how can we get it back when it escapes us? When we were children we saw people and things with a different lens. We were not jaded by the realities of life, in fact, we are purposely protected from this. Then one day, for some early for others later, we all of the sudden lose touch with our amazing ability to be children. One day we wake up and have to be professional, we have to think before we speak, we must be a realist and we must be adults!
Children's minds are free they don't judge they just do, when fostered it can lead to adventure, invention and innovation. They are in their fully committed to their imagination and most importantly they don't judge their thoughts they embrace them.
The easy part is we still have the ability of children as adults, it is taking the time to find them behind years of experiences. They may be rusty, foggy, cloudy and appear to be almost invisible. Dig deep inside, look at the children in your life for inspiration. Why is this important, because you must answer the question "what do you want to be when you grow up?" several times in your life. I know I have and every time the answer changes. But we all know the more things change the more things stay the same. When I grow up I want to be happy! This is the ultimate answer to the infamous question. Why you ask because life is a journey, not a destination.
You will always be evolving, you may not notice it but one day you will look at yourself and say I am not who I was yesterday. You are not the same person during childhood, nor your teenage years, nor your 20's, 30's, the 40's... and so on. We are always learning and becoming, if you focus on those two things you will know how to answer the question what do you want to be when you grow up?
Sometimes that new journey is leaving your job that brings income and stability. This is a fearful, painful and confusing place to be no matter what age. But do not threat, there is always a way, just ask yourself what do you want to be when you grow up. Listen to your soul, believe in your inner spirit and follow your dreams. Everything else will fall in place at the right time!
If you find yourself at a destination, stop and recalculate your GPS. Slowly navigate through your inner child and find your new life journey.
What do you want to be when you grow up? HAPPY and ALIVE !!!!
"But you can build a future out of anything. A scrap, a flicker. The desire to go forward, slowly, one foot at a time. You can build an airy city out of ruins.
— Lauren Oliver, Pandemonium