Today was "what do you want to be when you grow up day". All the children at Child 3's school had to dress up as their chosen career choice, our little one of course went as an Olympic gymnast and there were lots of children dressed up as vets, spies, Lego designers, zoo keepers, designers, firemen, hairdressers, soldiers and even a Dalek!! The children had an amazing day and some of the costumes were truly inspired ( the Dalek was one of them). It made me wonder what these children would really end up doing. It would be fascinating to compare now with the future.
Driving home from work there was an interview on the radio about our teenage children attending university, but due to the cost many of our youngsters were studying degrees to enable them to earn large salaries rather than learn about something they loved.
We spend so much of our life working that surely it is better to at least aim for something we dream of. Alan Watts (a british born philosopher) approach to careers advice is fantastic. "What would you do, if money was no object? Once we have decided what we really want to do, forget about the money and go for it. If we work only for money we will spend our lives completely wasting our time. We'll be doing things we don’t particularily like, in order to go on earning money to keep us living that life, which is stupid. There is a possibility that by doing something we really love we will become a master of it and so earn a living from it.
So I will encourage child 1 to study her dance and drama, child 2 his science and building and destroying things and child 3 to enjoy her gymnastics...........