Sunday, February 20, 2011

What do you want to be when you grow up?

"What do you want to be when you grow up?" This is a typical question that I'm sure most of you out there have either asked or answered as a child. On Saturday, I was with a group of children that I have met through a ministry I work with in Brooklyn and the question came up. The answers varied. One said she wanted to be a nurse. Another said a teacher while another said an FBI agent. Each child had picked a profession that they could envision themselves being. Except one. It showed in her face that she was pondering on the question and was unsure of what her response should be. Suddenly, her eyes sparkled and she finally announced, "I want to be everything!" What a fantastic answer!... And from a nine-year-old. 

The reason why I loved this answer is because it opens up one's future to a multitude of possibilities. When we find our niche in the work place, it is a great feeling. We are doing what we enjoy and the work can bring us some real satisfaction. The mistake that we make is that once we are settled in our career, we sometimes choose not to grow intellectually. We wake up, go to work, come home, (maybe go to the gym), go to bed. The cycle continues the same everyday. Yet, are we growing? Or do we believe that we are already grown up? I believe you NEVER stop growing. If you did, you would be dead. 

So, how do we keep growing? When I used to teach in the high school level, one of the things I would tell the students on the first day of school were my goals for that year. One of those goals was to encourage my students to be life long learners. Learning doesn't end once you get your degree or diploma or certificate. Learning is a constant in our life. What do you want to learn or be able to do? Speak another language? Play an instrument? Dance the Tango? Learn how to serve and help people? We need to be like that nine-year-old and decide to never stop growing up.

16 comments:

  1. Hi Carolyne,
    Thanks for following Eternity Cafe. You're my 100th follower! In your honor, I'm having a giveaway contest.
    I love your blog. I live in NJ, but am a frequent visitor to NYC. Welcome to the blogosphere :)
    Susan

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  2. Hi Susan,

    Wow! 100th member... What an honor :) I will definitely check out the giveaway; thanks for visiting and commenting on my blog!

    Carolyne

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  3. Hey Carolyne, nice blog post. I didn't know what I wanted to be even after I'd finished high school! But you're right in saying that learning and growing never stops. Even within my own career of teaching English, I'm constantly coming up with new ideas of how and what to teach, modifying lesson plans, learning and growing with each day and week.

    If you like, you can check out an article I wrote last year about setting goals and their positive effect on us:

    http://duncaninkuantan.blogspot.com/2010/03/goals-aid-positivity.html

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  4. Hey Duncan, thanks for the encouragement :) I used to teach Spanish and I have thought about teaching English but as of yet, I am still not sure.

    I will definitely check out your post on setting goals :)

    Thanks again!

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  5. I couldn't agree more! I've always wanted to be a writer/dancer/actress and learns a lot about history lol... I feel like all those things are constantly changing so you have to constantly learn about them

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  6. Semester in Spain, I'm so right there with you! If you are interested in all those things, then Spain is definitely the place to be :)

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  7. I love this post - it is so suitable for me!! I agree that we should never stop learning about something new and growing and evolving as we experience life. I am never completely satisfied (in a good way) and love trying new things, reading new books and working towards new goals. As I have gotten older, I have found it easier to step out of my comfort zone and try something new (like starting a blog :-)
    That is the kind of thing that usually reaps the most rewards!

    www.vegvacious.blogspot.com

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  8. Thanks for your comment Andrea B. It is the same thing for me with starting this blog. I have been learning SO much since I have started this blog. And, I know that there is more to learn :)

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  9. A quote from the movie empire of the sun " University of Life". I think the society is more concentrated on what we want to be rather than what we are going to achieve in being the "be". The future should be asked what they are going to do, rather than the profession they are going to pick! Well this shows that most of our little one's future(a profession) is feed into them by the societal rules. Just a thought correct me if I am wrong!

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  10. @ Romanto: I agree with that quote that society loves to put people in a box. It does not only happen with professions. For example, sometimes when people ask 'what is your background/nationality" or "where is your family from", they ask because they want to box you into a race, religion or a stereotype. Really, on of the purposes of learning is to become the best of who you are so that whatever comes up against us in the future can be overcome because we have the skills and character to overcome it...

    Thanks for posting :)

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  11. What a wonderfull post. Never cap potential. I am 27 and have a profession I love, and I still don't know what I want to be! Lol the possibiltys are endless. One thing I do know? I will be happy just keeping an open mind and exploring :)

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  12. Amen to that Stephanie. That is the way it should be; we are never donw growing up!!

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  13. Carolyne!
    I love this post! I am definitely impressed with how quickly you are catching on to blogging, but this one is my favorite. Maybe that's because I'm a career counselor, but hey...whatever works, right?
    Enjoy your vacation!

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  14. Michele :) Thank you so much for your support and encouragement; coming from you, it means a lot. I can see why you like this post. We have to break out of the norm and be life long learners :)

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  15. What a very positive viewpoint on growing up! Thank you for telling me about this post! I thoroughly enjoyed reading it!

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  16. Life learning is my philosophy too. I believe that life is a school, so why not try taking the curriculum? "Learning doesn't end once you get your degree or diploma or certificate. Learning is a constant in our life." Amen to that! Meet your newest follower. Hope you'll swing by and visit me too. By the way, I've written on this same theme (forthcoming).

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