Once he grows up
The older I get, the more differences I see between children and adults. Whereas children feel free to do whatever they please, adults feel constricted to rules and beliefs that have formed boundaries around what they do, say, think, and every aspect of their lives. Yes, some children react to these things faster than others and begin to censor themselves, but until they start to get scolded, they are free spirits.
Discipline may be necessary, but I wonder if it would be so necessary if kids didn’t see the things that got them scolded in the first place. If they didn’t see violence, hear bad words, or convince themselves that broccoli is gross because their friend told them it is.
I once read that, to discover what one (you) should do as an adult for a career, you should look back and take a close look at what someone (you) did and enjoyed the most as a child. If someone liked to draw, perhaps they should be an artist of some sort; if they liked to read, maybe they should be a writer or editor; if someone liked building blocks, then they might be destined to be working with buildings in construction or an architect; if they spent all of their playing time making Playdough pizzas, they may just grow up to be making real food in a restaurant. I think you get the idea.
As a child, I wanted to be a writer and help animals… not a thing has changed (although, I did love making those Playdough pizzas and love to cook now and I wonder where that inner artist of mine disappeared to).
These words by Pablo Picasso struck a chord with me and I’ve held onto them since first reading them. We all want to end up doing whatever we love to do as a career, to be paid for what we love. If only we were shaped and molded by those around us from the very beginning to grow up and be exactly what we wanted to, what we should, be. It may take a bit longer to get where we need to be, but I’m holding onto faith and, with so many more entrepreneurs popping up, I have a good feeling the world is finally starting to go more towards this path.
What did you most love to do as a child? Are you still doing it now? Do you hope to eventually? Let me know and have a beautiful weekend!