When I grow up I want to be a writer.
That’s what I used to tell my mum and dad. History may just be repeating itself as 3 year old Little Button passionately reminds me often that she wants to be a writer when she grows up…
And a fairy.
And a mermaid.
‘Actually mummy, I will be a fairy mermaid and my job will be writing’ she delights, whilst running off to find the appropriate props that will inevitably make her all 3 of these things. I muffle a laugh and shout after her…. you can be anything that you put your mind to be. ‘OK’ she yells back.
You are joking right?
I have asked myself this question a dozen times. Is it right to tell my daughter that she can be anything she puts her mind to? Us grownups know that the reality is, no matter how much we wish it, no one can grow up to be an actual fairy or mermaid… at least not the type that Little Button is referring to. So why say it.
Believe you can and you will
I say it because I don’t want her to feel that invisible pull. The one that holds you back from giving something a really good try. The thing that makes you think… I can’t because only a handful of people actually make it, and I won’t be one of them. Along her journey she will inevitably come cross people that will tell she can’t. So I will be faithfully by her side willing her on and reminding her that she can!
After all, perhaps a mermaid will evolve into being a swimmer or marine biologist. Sprinkle a bit of magic dust and a fairy could be a teacher, dancer or designer of some sort.
Until then, always dream big little one.
“The biggest adventure you can ever take is to live the life of your dreams”. Oprah Winfrey
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