What (who) do you want to be…

We all have been asked

“What do you want to be when you grow up?”
And how many of us really ever know
We grasp at something
and spit out words
a policeman
a fireman
a doctor
a nurse
a lawyer
a teacher
…a super hero
 
We secretly all want to be super heros
of course
We want some super power
to protect us
to help others
and to be invincible and live forever
But we mature
and wake up to reality
and must choose again and again
who we want to be
Who we want to be at 15
will be different from 20
20 will be different from 30 and so on
The best we can do is accept and realize
we may change and we can change
One day we may be soldiers fighting for our nation
and in 10 years wake up to be
a mother
a father
an artist
a home builder
a leader
and hopefully a wonderful human being
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Some quotes of interest…
Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

“Only those who decline to scramble up the career ladder are interesting as human beings. Nothing is more boring than a man with a career.”
― Aleksandr SolzhenitsynThe Gulag Archipelago 1918-1956
Sylvia Plath

“When they asked me what I wanted to be I said I didn’t know.”
― Sylvia PlathThe Bell Jar

 

Raymond Carver

“I’m a heart surgeon, sure, but I’m just a mechanic. I go in and I fuck around and I fix things. Shit.”
― Raymond CarverWhere I’m Calling From: New and Selected Stories
Ralph Waldo Emerson

“The crowning fortune of a man is to be born to some pursuit which finds him employment and happiness, whether it be to make baskets, or broadswords, or canals, or statues, or songs.” 

 

Source: goodreads.com