"What will you be when you grow up?"
They say hindsight is 20/20 vision. When I reflect upon my childhood hopes and dreams, I feel like I can see how early on I exhibited signs of what I would "be", although "what I will be when I grow up" is an ever-refining answer. I knew, always, that I would be a working mama that attempted to juggle career and family at the same time. This I learned from my own mama, who - to this day - impresses me with her commitment to career, community, and family. I knew I wanted to be like her, a career woman that was also a leader in my community.
I was flipping through a magazine recently and noticed the line "Eames knew from an early age he would be an architect and designer" and there was mention of sketches from as early as 8 years old. Granted, not everyone has such a strong calling at such an early age, but don't we have inklings?
I have a 13-year old daughter and I constantly wonder: "what will she be when she grows up?" I don't want to pressure her to choose, but I want to help her dig deeper into her interests. If she loves art, I want to help her find outlets to explore art more. If she likes math or science, I want to help her find ways to express that interest (there is the math club at school). If she likes fashion, maybe there is a sewing lounge?
When she was younger, we tried it all. Some of it she liked (sports & music), some she didn't (dance & theater). How do you listen to your youth for cues on how to help them explore more into their likes and loves? Do you sometimes envision what your young one will "be when s/he grows up?"