Being a kid … all things are possible … or are they?
I remember back when I was a kid. All of my friends and I would be outside, most of the time. We’d play freeze tag, jump rope, hop scotch, Chinese jump rope, army (yes, we played army, can you believe that), kick ball, hide and go seek or riding our bikes. Ah, those were the days!
I look at my kids, today, and they are glued to the TV or Xbox for most of the day. Times sure have changed!
As a child, I always wanted to be “in the game.” If it was a rainy day and we had to stay inside, we were all miserable. We would play and play and play.
What hasn’t changed over the years is that, as a parent, I still want to encourage my kids. I want them to grow up happy and healthy. I also want them to know that they can accomplish anything they want to in their lives.
I can remember my parents would tell me to try new things. I was told what a great job I did, no matter how terrible I was. If I said I wanted to grow up to be an astronaut, I was told that I could do that. If I wanted to be a scientist, I was told that I could do that. Now matter what I said I want to do, I was told that it was possible.
When my oldest son was 5 feet tall and playing in the recreation basketball league, in our county, I told him that if he tried real hard and practiced a lot that he could be in the NBA.
I think that most parent will do that for their children. They want their kids to know that there are nearly infinite possibilities awaiting them.
What I want to know is when does that stop? When do your parents stop believing in you?
When you get to a certain age your parents start to think that all of those unlimited possibilities are no longer a possibility, for you. I can prove it to you. If you have a good paying job, try telling your parents that you’re going to quit your job and start your own business. They will tell you that you’re crazy or worse. Your parents could disown you if you’re not careful.
Somewhere along the line, they start to tell you that you can’t do anything that you want, that you should go to school, get a good paying job and be able to take care of yourself. Maybe it’s because if you don’t have a good paying job, you’ll live with them forever.
Too many people have their dreams squashed by their own families. It just doesn’t seem right. As your parents view of you seems to narrow, does your view of yourself narrow as well? Do we buy into the, “you have to have a job” mentality? Is that why so many people are afraid of venturing out onto the path less taken?
Do we just lose that sense of wonderment about the world? When we were young, we’d try anything or just about anything. As we get older we seem to develop new fears. Maybe we realize that we’re not as good at everything as we were told, by are parents. We grow up and look at that clay ashtray we made and we see that it was really bad. Do we start to doubt ourselves? Do we carry that doubt with us for the rest of our lives?
Do we start out as playful children and wind up as neurotic adults because of this?
Those are some pretty deep questions. Kind of makes you stop and think about things.
Do you believe in yourself? Or have you narrowed down your own possibilities? What do you want to be, now that you’ve grown up?
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