What Do You Want to Be When You Grow Up?
What do you want to be when you grow up?
Wow what a loaded question. Perhaps not.
Perhaps this is something that you think about still. And if you don’t perhaps you should.
Nothing in life is static. And, if you believe that you are stuck in your health, in your life, in your relationships, or your work, perhaps you ought to re-think of what it means to want to be when you grow up.
You know when you ask a child, “what do you want to be when you grow up”? Sometimes you get the answer of, “Oh, I want to be a teacher, I want to be a doctor, I want to be a ballerina, I want to be an artist.” It doesn’t even matter what the answer is. What’s really interesting is that there is this impulsive, or perhaps this real-like response, which is, “I want to be this…”, and it’s something magical and something that’s really inspiring and free.
And his life goes on. And we go through schooling. And then we land our first job and then we get stuck in a job. And then you ask, “What do you want to be when you grow up?”. And, “Well, I’ve got responsibilities, I have this, that, and the other.”
“Why did you do this?”
“Well, I guess I just never thought about doing anything different.” Or perhaps, “It’s just where I landed, that was my first thing.”And perhaps, “It was my parents expectations”, or “My parents really encouraged me to do this because I was really good at this.”
Yes, but “Are you happy doing it?”
You know, I constantly ask this question. I ask this question of those who work with me. Whether they’ve come to see me for health, or perhaps they’re stuck in other areas of their life. But generally speaking, most people often don’t give it another thought, as to why they are where they are.
Maybe you’re in your later years of your life. Maybe you’re in your 70s. Is it too late to ask yourself the question, “What do I want to be when I grow up?”. No, the answer is, “No!” Absolutely. not. It’s never too late. It’s only too late when we have regrets, when we are totally blinded by our current state of affairs.
You ought to ask yourself a question, and fundamentally the answer is always about, “we all want to be good human beings”. More importantly, the vital essence of what we are meant to be doing is really ‘contributing to the world’, and ‘leave the world a better place than when we started.
Ultimately, it’s about contribution, it’s about human, it’s about living our highest human potential, being our best selves. So this idea of, “What’s your purpose in life?”, or “What am I meant to do?” It’s nothing more than living out your highest human potential. And that can translate in different ways for different people, for all of us.
My highest human potential is to serve other humans. And, one of the ways I am contributing is by helping people transform and get unstuck in life, health, relationships, as well as work. Getting unstuck, being free, feeling free, and contributing to the world, and leaving the world better place, is my contribution to the world. That is how I live my highest human potential. A world of service.
But… fundamentally we are all serving one another in some form, or capacity. Whether you are a parent, a teacher, a doctor, or policeman, you name it, engineer. It doesn’t even matter what it is that you do, or believe in, or ways in which engage with the world.
As long as it makes your heart sing. As long as you reach for your highest human potential, as long as you, your world, your life is vibrating with energy and passion, and inspiration, and creativity. And, you are loving, kind, compassionate, and all the qualities of a human, highest human potential are. You are living your truth, you are contributing the way you should be. So, it’s not about being a certain profession, or doing a certain profession. It’s about how we do things in the world, in your life. It’s about, again, living and fulfilling our highest human potential.