What did you want to be when you were little?
I always wanted to be a writer; never a teacher, a nurse or lawyer. Nothing interested me except for writing. Unfortunately I never received very much encouragement from family, teachers or friends. No one ever said, “Go for it” or “This is what you need to do to become a writer.” This was probably due to a number of reasons. A) They didn’t know to the extent I wanted to be a writer. B) They didn’t know what I needed to do to become a writer. C) They didn’t care.
It was probably a combination.
A few months ago I put up a post about telling my dad I wanted to be a writer, to which he quickly responded; What else do you want to be?
Now as a parent, I’m wondering how to handle my kid’s ambitions.
Both of my boys want to play in the NBA and my daughter wants to be an artist. I have no problem encouraging their dreams while their young, but my oldest is heading into high school where grades and what you take starts to matter.
I find myself torn between trying to help them follow their dreams and pushing them to do so or being realistic.
So do I encourage their dreams or ask them what else they want to do?
When it comes to it, I think that I might have started following my writing dream sooner if I had someone pushing me to believe in myself. Thanks heavens for my husband who has been nothing but supportive in everything I've tried.