When I Grow Up

There is something quite incredible about human nature and the desire to aspire. Why do we do it? Aspire. Perhaps the reason is because we can. The possibility is just that, a possibility and not a probability.

Now, the liklihood of aspiration is not a guarantee, but the opportunity to aspire is always in front of us. So what do we do with it?

We have all heard, and most likely said ourselves at one point in our lives, “When I grow up, I want to…” Sometimes the end of that sentence is ‘be just like…’, or ‘go to…’, or ‘make…’ You fill in the blank. But it is aspiration, the desire to achieve something not yet in our hands, yet possibly within our reach.

I think we should never stop saying to ourselves “When I grow up…” Not only from the perspective of aspiration, but from a mindset of age as well. I am an educator of elementary aged children and while I have no biological children of my own, I am Petdad. Dad to a house of wonderful pets that my wife and I love and care for. At one point we had 2 dogs, 2 cats, and 2 horses. Someone once told me that ‘we’ were like Noah from biblical times where he saved two of every creature on earth before the flood.

Our four legged kids now consist of three dogs, one cat, and two horses, so the number is still the same, just an adjusted shift in species. Our two golden retriever littermates, Bonnie and Clyde, are seen on the top banner as they ran like the wind one day while at the beach, and played like there was no tomorrow.

I do also have children though. Hundreds of them. And I tell my students that every year when they ask me if I have any kids. My answer to them is that they are all my kids, my students, and my youth. The smiles on their faces when I tell them that is what keeps me doing what I do.

Honestly, I never want to grow up. Sure there are responsibilities of life that must be accepted and acted upon, but there is a driving force of innocence and wonder in being young. It is that driving force that keeps us aspiring for greatness in anything we do.

When I grow up, I never want to lose the gift of aspiration that keeps my heart and soul forever young.

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