Friday, January 7, 2011

What will you be when you grow up?

"What will you be when you grow up???" - This is probably one question we heard in abundance as kids. Sometimes we expressed ourselves freely and sometimes we got overloaded with this question that we resorted to silence.

So for a change, I asked a few parents the same question - "What do you want your kids to be when they grow up?" - A wide range of responses.
No one really said that they want their kids to pursue a specific profession
No one really said that they want material comforts or wealth
No one really said that they want anything in particular

But here's what they said:
We want our child to grow up to be a good human being
We want our child to be well educated
We want our kids to live with grace
We want our baby to be happy
We want our kid to be healthy
We want our kid to have a good life ; Better than the life that we had
We want our baby to live with dignity and pride
We want our child to be independant and self sufficient
We want our baby to live his / her dreams

And then of course, the exercise was incomplete if I did not quiz the kiddos (in the age group of  7 to 15) - Here's what they said:
I want to be a car engineer - So specific that he has to work with cars
I want to be a nature conservationist
I want to be a doctor -Guess this will always stay as a response even in the next zillion years
I want to be an artist
I want to be a chef
I want to do anything that will give me money - So clear about his life priorities!!!
I want to do what my parents want me to do - The good daughter trying to make parents happy :)
And the list continues....

All the responses actually surprised me.. Anyways, what struck me was:
* There's an ocean of difference in the way parents of today view their kids (compared to the previous generation), what they expect from their kids and the kind of life that they want for their kids
* Kids today are really well-informed. They have access to a wealth of information and have the intelligence to process and use it effectively
* Kids express themselves freely. Gone are the days when they huddled behind their parents or looked for permission to respond to any query...

Well, in conclusion I do wish that
Kids of today are able to have a great life...
Kids of today are able to live their dreams...
Kids of today make the world a better place...

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