Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Can you really be anything you want to be?

Remember when you were told you could be anything you wanted to be?
It was a way your parents or teachers would encourage you to see the wide, wide world of opportunity.
But then you may say, "I want to be a Vampire" and then were told, "No, you can't be that."
"OK, how about a mermaid, then?"
"No, you can't be that, either," would be the adult response.
"A princess?"
"No."
"Then how about a professional basketball player?"
"No, that's only for boys who are tall."


Each of these responses helped to narrow down the wide wide world of opportunity and started to expose the limiting qualifiers of what it really means to be anything you want to be.

The truer response would be something like this:

"There's a lot of things you may be able to be and do with your life. Let's discover what you're good at, what you like, and where your passion is."