A child can be whatever he/she wants to be

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Often, when adults have career-related discussions with children, they tell them that they can be “anything” they want to be. A “lawyer, doctor, teacher, physician, veterinarian, police, fire-fighter,” a child can be whatever he/she wants to be, once that child “putshis/her mind to it”.

But I have noticed that whenever the career discussion comes up, only a few careers are being touted. Rarely do you hear an adult telling a child that he/she can be an astronaut, engineer, pathologist, tailor, vendor, dancer, singer, actress, or film director—the list does not stop there.

Usually it is the ‘fancy’ careers (but nothing far-fetched or too crazy!) that are being showcased and I have always wondered why. Not that there is anything wrong with the aforementioned areas, but why do so many people believe that kids should ‘play it safe’ or pursue something that is ‘practical’? By doing this an adult may even limit a child or undermine his/her capabilities without intending to do so, or sometimes intentionally do so, just because the initial careers (most) are the ‘practical’ ones.

Now some may wonder whether I am ‘crazy’ but I truly believe that one can touch the ‘untouchable’—one CAN become a film director or astronaut, providing that this individual has the potential. For instance there are students who excel in science; this student has the potential to enter said field. There are the ‘late’ bloomers too. Although some never showed interest or realized that they are skilled in this area at first, they later enter these fields. And there are people who are simply not cut out for it.

Everyone can’t become an actress or TV director either. However if/when you spot the talent, do not water it down, by telling a child that he/she cannot become a singer and that they should pick ‘something realistic’. Why is it not? Because that child lives on an island and Hollywood is for a ‘lucky’ few? No, no it is not.

If one is talented and works hard they can be noticed. Obviously not every singer, actress or model will make it to Hollywood, but if that does not work out, they can look at other popular scenes or the ‘fall back’ plan—always encourage your child to have one even if ‘talent sells itself’. The talented football player may lose his leg; the ‘model’ may lose that unique quality—there is always a possibility of something bad happening.

If a child has a dream, do not get in the way of it. Do not encourage or pressure a child who does not have a love for basketball to pursue a basketball career just because he or she is tall and you like the idea of fame and riches; do not pressure your child to become a doctor just because you are a doctor, your father’s father was a doctor, thus, you feel your child must live up to that ‘legacy’. That child has no obligation to do so and should choose the career which makes him/her happy.

I hope you understand where I am coming from. With that said, I wish you all a fantastic weekend! Take care guys and be safe.

Sincerely, always,

Rae A.

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