I love the answers children give. One of mine wanted to be a pirate for a while. Later on he changed his chosen career to spy. Another wanted to be an archaeologist in South America. And both of the girls wanted to be a ballerina as most little girls do
When I was a little girl I wanted to travel the world, become a kindergarten teacher or to be a house painter like my dad. I wanted to be an interior designer or architect. I ended up being a teacher and recently travelled to Europe with my family -not the world but it's a beginning.
A few years ago I was watching daytime TV and the there was a story about finding your passion. The woman in the story was a mother and wife and had found herself in a bit of a rut. So she was encouraged to find something she loved doing when she was younger. She loved playing basketball so the counsellor encouraged her to find a way to incorporate this into her life. So she began to coach a team of disadvantaged girls in her local area. And she began to feel alive again.
I found her story helped me consider the things I loved and to find ways to include them in my life. My love of children's literature lead me to volunteer at the local library doing "Story Time" with the under fives. The librarian was so happy to have another volunteer. At the time I was home schooling all four children and they would come with me. They would sit in and listen or find books to borrow . The little children loved having these older kids around. The books and activity were chosen for me so all I had to do was turn up once a month, read the stories and present the activity. I loved this time and it reignited something in me.
|Me as little girl wearing a handbag on my head - no idea why I would do such a thing.|
As I looked back at what I loved as a child and teenager I discovered that the woman I am now is not unlike the little girl -
I loved building cubby houses and now I love decorating a bigger cubby house, our home.
I loved playing teacher and bossing my brother around and did became a teacher (I think the bossy thing meant that I was a leader)
I drew house plans and am still fascinated with houses and architecture and design.
I have always collected pictures of decorating ideas and now I still do on pinterest.
I was always tidying my room and changing things around and I still love organising and de-cluttering
I loved helping people find resources and I became a teacher librarian. Now I enjoy helping people find things they are looking for. I might get a phone call, "Do you know where I can get.....?"
I wanted to help people like my mum and dad did and was going to study Social Work but decided that teaching would be better. I thought I could change the world by getting them young. I still love helping people but am still learning where helping is helpful and when it is not.
I also wanted to dance and act and sing but when my mum sent me to ballet classes with our babysitter I was to shy to go in. Later on I did some classes. I still love watching dance and it still moves me.
I talked a lot and I still do.....but hopefully I have learnt to listen
|Me Talking on the phone - Some things never change|
So in some ways I am doing the things I have always wanted to do. It may not look exactly the same as the way I saw it as a child but it brings great joy and richness to my life.
So, what do you want to be when you grow up?