// I’ve just dropped my kids off at school. The School year in South Africa goes from January to the end of November, so “Tis the season for final exams” around here.
Even more so because our second oldest, Joshua, is graduating from Grade 12 and is having to make some BIG decisions about what he wants to do next year.
Remember having discussions with your kids when they were little about what they wanted to do when they grow up?
I want to be a fireman.
I want to be a princess. (uh, I’m referring to his sisters here)
I want to be Zorro.
I want to be a superhero.
I loved those discussions, contemplating just HOW they could train themselves to be whatever they dreamed about today.
I personally think that schools are putting waaaaaay too much pressure on kids to decide these weighty matters at their age. It’s ridiculous actually. I read a statistic somewhere by someone that said that “Most men these days change their occupations 8 TIMES in their lifetime.”
What?! Are you serious?
That’s phenomenal… and actually quite comforting. Think about the options in that statement. Gone are the days when a kid becomes an accountant because his dad was an accountant because his grandad was an account.
WE HAVE CHOICES. WE CAN CHANGE OUR MINDS.
So why on earth do we expect our 17-year-olds to know what they want to do with the rest of their lives? //
Change is Good
I met a beautiful lady here in SA who seriously set my heart at ease on this issue of schooling and destiny. She was a homeschooler and a successful mom of five adult children. She simply said,
“You are not marrying a school. Try it. See if you like it. If it doesn’t work for you, then change.”
Dream Big and Make Your Bucket List
That’s great advice! But I’m going to take it a step further. I say,
“Make your bucket list and make it a good one.”
List ALL of the things you want to do in your lifetime. I’ve just re-read my list from years ago and am amazed that some of the things I wrote, I’m ACTUALLY DOING THEM now. I forgot they were even on the list.
- So write your Bucket List.
- Keep adding to it.
- Don’t delete stuff, just cross it out.
You NEVER know where your journey will take you. It may not be the right time for some of those things right now, but DON’T LOSE HEART AND GET DISCOURAGED!You’re not dead yet. So keep dreaming! Click To Tweet
Every Friday, I join an inspiring group of writers to write for FIVE MINUTES on a one-word prompt. No editing. No revising. Just WRITE. This week, the word was JOURNEY.
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