"When I grow up I wanna be....." Now im sure you all remember saying this in various stages of your youth, im sure even today you still hear smaller siblings, young cousins, nephews/nieces and the opposite neighbours annoying kids (who you just want to throttle) say this with a twinkle in the eye looking forward to the day when their "dream" becomes a "reality".
This epiphany that kids have is synonymous with growing up as obvious as that may sound and in my opinion very important in their development into adults. Now if you as a kid never thought about what you wanted to be when you grew up and you find yourself living under bridge with bob the resident alcoholic (who smells 40years past his sell by date), a dog named trevor and no goal in life you can stop reading this and go find a job because I PITY THE FOOL!
Kids go through a myriad of possible things they want to be when they grow up. these choices either amaze. surprise or completely shock their parents. Possible grown up jobs include being a Firefighter, astronaut, doctor, Air hostess, archeologist (a.k.a arkiologogist), rap star, mermaid and MR T! (I PITY THE FOOL) ,you get the picture. I mean a certain kid (I know) at a very young age after watching a Guns & Roses's video wanted to grow up and become a regular Rock Star knocking on heavens door until his dream was shot down in a blaze of glory. I mean this kid use to do the whole air guitar jumping on couches thingy whilst mouthing the words to songs.
Now most of these ideas are just passing phases and fads depending on the latest in thing. Parents should be well aware of this however if your child wants to grow up to be a guest on the jerry springer show than you should worry because your daughter or son coming home with a transvestite midget is going to be the least of your worries. JERRY! JERRY! JERRY!
Ok back to the point which is that we have all experienced this phenomena if you can call it that, but how many of us have actually grown up to become what we as kids intended to become. I know I certainly havent, have any of you?
I can say with some degree of certainty that most if not all of you have not fulfilled your childhood wishes. Which kid in there right mind wants to be a lawyer, an accountant or work for SARS (if your kid wants to work for SARS please check for any signs or marks of the beast, their head revolving is a dead give away). Have we somehow abandoned our youthful dreams at a time when we didnt want to grow up to make money or to get ahead at the expense of others but to enjoy life and to help people. Now what does a child of 4 or 5 years know about life, it is harsh and being carefree doesnt help but still are we really happy with what we have become. Would your 4year old self if we could somehow could meet them today smack us and say "WHAT THE HELL HAVE YOU BECOME!"
"When I grow up...." is a profound statement for a child so be sure not to dash there dreams because you have not fulfilled yours. For those of you who have made your childhood dream a reality I applaude you and I envy you because for me being a Rock Star would sure beat being a lawyer. *AIR GUITAR*
The Lone Writer