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What do you want to do when you grow up?

Updated on April 26, 2012

Growing up

A child's perspective

We all heard this question many times as children and as adults we have also asked it in conversation with children. It is a common question that has been asked through time and seems to never lose its popularity as an opening in establishing conversation or as a way of assessing a child's interests and desires to help set them on the right path in life. As children we are more interested in finding fun things to do that keeps our interest and makes us happy. Who wants to be burdened with trying to figure out what they want to do in the future? Children need to be children and not be pressured at a young age. Childhood is a time to appreciate our youth, hold on to our innocence, explore our curiosities and dream of what our lives will be like in the future.

The key to growing up and accepting the challenges in life beyond our childhood is obtaining an education, learning, maturing and taking on responsibility. We all need to understand that our lives will evolve around many things and the most important are our family, the schools we attend, the friendships we make, the sports we like and excel in, our interests we develop over time, our chosen career and the jobs we aspire to, which are the source of our livelihood. We will always learn from our experiences that will help shape us and provide us the building blocks we need to go to the next level.

When we are children we should always dream and hope for a bright future. Our youth and innocence help us to hold on to our dreams and allow us to keep our focus and strive to do our very best. As children we see the world differently then adults do and that is our saving grace. We are not tainted by life's disappointments and harsh realities yet and we have a larger than life view of things. We see the world through kids eyes and that is the very best view of life we can ever have.

I am so impressed with young children and the wisdom they speak with. If we could learn to listen and value what our children say we would be far better off in life, for a kid's perspective is the best because it does not discriminate and because it is always hopeful and makes us all smile. I have learned quite a bit from my son and I believe he has a real unique view of life. He wishes to see the good in all things and does not want to know about anything that makes you cry. He refuses to watch the news and he wants to make the world a better place. He has such a beautiful way about him that truly makes me proud and I truly believe he has so much potential and inner spirit. I want this to shine through for him so he can go out into the world and truly make a difference for the better as he decides that all important question of what he wants to be when he grows up. We all seem to struggle with this question in our own life and it seems we have to really find out who we are before we can answer this all important question.

If you asked kids this question "What do you want to be when you grow up?" You would get a whole range of answers and you would see the beauty in their replies and the sincerity they speak with. Children all wish to speak the truth and they will tell you what is in their hearts and for all of us who have the good fortune of raising a child we will always cherish the joy, the wonder and the beauty of their youth, their innocence and their spirit and we will also learn of the love they hold within their heart that makes everything so special.

As we grow up into adulthood we will see that life is not always perfect and our dreams, hopes and expectations we had as children may need to be reconsidered and we will learn that we may not always realize all that we had hoped or wished for in our life but if we find peace, self fulfillment and happiness then we will be on the right path. If we are to look at the big picture and realize what life is really all about and we learn not to take ourselves too seriously then we will find that despite the disappointments we encounter in life we also will have fine accomplishments that we should be proud of and that will help define us as individuals.

I believe we all wish to experience the finer things in life but we also are influenced by what we see and if that is that part of the world is in crisis with starving children dying as a result of famine and war, it makes us realize that the focus should not always be on "me" but on how to help those less fortunate. If we learn anything in life it is that we should always seek to help others who truly need a helping hand to inspire and save from hardship and impending tragedy. We can't just sit back and accept that so many children are dying in the world because they have no food. When we are upset about our own situation we should think about what true suffering is all about and then we will realize how lucky we really are and that we should take action to help not only ourselves but others too. I have seen young children who have stood on these principals and really made a difference in their actions and their vision. You would be amazed of the hope and goodness young children have and the wish they have in helping others. It really will warm your heart and make you think when you see a special child who makes such a wonderful contribution.

I am reminded of a video I saw recently of a young girl who spoke with conviction and to an audience consisting of adults about the problems we encounter in the world caused by greed and a disregard for what truly is important that really made me think and realize why children need to speak and be heard. They have just as much a right to be heard as they are affected by the decisions of others and though they are too young to cast a vote, they are not too young to voice an opinion. She spoke at a United Nations summit meeting in 1992 and everything she said back then still rings true today and she spoke so eloquently and with passion, sincerity and with an insight that would make a distinguished professor stand and cheer.

We all hold out hope for our children to succeed in school and to pursue a college education. We all want the best for our children and we want to see them pursue their hopes and dreams and never lose sight of them. We also hope that our children never lose their innocence and maintain an upbeat view of things as part of their ways. We all need to go back to that child we once were to hold on to all that is important and to live a life full of hope and promise. Children teach us many things in life and we should always listen and be there for them. God Bless all the children in the world.

Edward D. Iannielli III

Rachel Beckwith, special girl, charity:water

Children are the Guardians of the World


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    • The Unlearner profile image

      Jo 4 years ago from Isle of Wight UK

      I don't want to grow up, but If I was asked the above question, I would respond with the same answer that John Lennon gave.... I want to be HAPPY. Great article.

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      HennieN 6 years ago from South Africa

      Great hub. I believe this hub has just emphasized the importance of parenting. If we were to leave today, would our children be ready to look after themselves? If not, what skills do we still need to transfer?

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      ediann 6 years ago

      Thank you poetvix! it is a wonderful joy to see a child smile. you are right in what you say about children being our greatest resource and that is why we as people have to step up and see that the right choices are made. we can't keep repeating the same mistakes. when i see children speak from their heart and have noble goals and strive to help others less fortunate i feel very touched by their inner spirit. they know what is important and they can surely make a positive impact. i am hopeful that our children will be strong and make wiser choices. we must all pull together to help the needy and hungry. thank you for your kind words!

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      poetvix 6 years ago from Gone from Texas but still in the south. Surrounded by God's country.

      This is such a wonderful hub. You are right. Children are our world's greatest resource and our only hope of a future. It's so sad how many are hungry, hurting and neglected. Thank you for sharing this.