We start off our lives with lots of ideas and ideals about the world, some are shaped based on who are parents are or what society tells us is cool or right. Girls are taught that they should be nurses or teachers, cook and have babies. Boys are taught about sports, cars, and tools. Yes, some kids break the mold and have more unique preferences, but even in our much-more-open society kids today still face some expectation about who they’re supposed to be and like.
But the new truth that we’re seeing in the world today is that it’s not about what you’re doing, but that you’re doing something, something that will make a difference in the world in a positive and helpful way. Yes, the push to follow societal norms is still present in our world, it’s something that will always be part of our world. But more and more we’re seeing people making their own choices about what is right for them, about what they want to do with their lives and less about the expectation that others have for them.
As you raise your kids or interact with other’s kids, don’t discourage their imaginations, dreams and ideals for the world. The only way the world will become a place that we’re proud to leave for our great grand children will be if we allow the changes we know need to happen, but are too scared or lazy to make, to happen.
If we let kids have their own dreams and become what they want to be rather than forcing on them our reality of frustration, being stuck, being unable to change, and being unwilling to take action, maybe we’ll finally get the message and start making changes and dreaming dreams again ourselves.
“When I was young, my ambition was to be one of the people who made a difference in this world. My hope is to leave the world a little better for having been there.” Jim Henson