I want to be a veterinarian!
That is the first answer I can remember giving when anyone would ask me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I think I was probably 8 when that became my go to answer. It stuck around for a while until I realized that while yes I could handle the blood and other less glamorous parts of it, I couldn't handle the feeling of hopelessness that would arise when there would undoubtedly be animals I couldn't heal. My revised answer to this question was I want to travel the world and see every country.
Kids dream big! But they also dream inline with their values without knowing it. Last week's question was about your living room when you're 80. I wanted you to mindfully paint a picture of your space filled with pieces that reflect your life and the values you lived during it. The things you choose to surround yourself with that represent aspects of your life hint at what you hold most dear. Kids are in touch with the things they hold most dear without realizing it. I knew when I was 8 that I wanted to help others (animals and their owners through the care I could give their pets) and that I was curious about this great big world. That's what led me to have those to answers; they were ways of expressing my deep values.
So, now let me ask you, what did you you say when someone asked you as a child "What do you want to be when you grow up?"........Why?
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