Pirate Ninja Jedi
Yesterday, I went to my 5 year old son’s graduation from Pre Kindergarten. The school did an amazing job making a big deal about it. They sang songs and then had the opportunity to walk across the stage, shake the superintendent’s hand and receive a scroll. Levi thought it was a map.
As they walked across the stage, the their teacher told everyone where they would be attending kindergarten and what they wanted to be when they grew up. There were princesses, doctors, firemen (funny how little kids don’t have to be PC), policemen and all the normal careers you might hear from someone this age. There were too few artists and writers. What was Levi’s answer?
He doesn’t really know what he wants to be
For all the answers I heard, his was the only one I remember where the child was not sure. It’s not totally surprising, I’m still not sure what I want to be, but I feel his answer was honest, almost brutally honest. He was feeling pressure to come up with an answer for a couple of weeks before the ceremony. He told me he wanted to be a policeman. He told his mom he wanted to build stuff. She said that meant he wanted to be an engineer. But he really wasn’t sure. I was absolutely fine with that answer.
Honestly, I wanted to hear him say he wanted to be a Pirate Ninja Jedi.
He’s 5, there aren’t any bad answers for this question. Also, nobody told these kids they couldn’t be whatever they picked. Some wanted to be football players. The odds of that happening are slim. No one told them to be realistic.
Several of them wanted to be multiple things, no one told them to just pick one.
The same rules still apply to you. You don’t have to pick just one and neither do I.
What do you want to do when you grow up? What’s stopping you?