03 March 2011

What do you want to be when you grow up?

Happy is the correct answer, isn't it??

I gave my friend Larissa a Hello Kitty friends book. It’s the type of book where you answer questions about yourself and what you wish for the owner. While I was answering the questions, I stumbled upon one that I honestly could not answer: What do you want to become when you’re older (grow up)?

Most little girls want to become a princess when they grow up. When they get a little bit older, common answers are ‘I want to be a teacher’ or ‘I want to be a mommy’. Well... I was not this type of child. As far as I can remember, I have always wanted to be a photographer when I was in primary school. In high school I wanted to become a child psychiatrist, but during my senior year I changed my mind and I wanted to be a social (youth)worker in the future.

Even at this age being a princess never crossed my mind
Now, almost ten years later, I am a social worker. I have become what I wanted to be. Maybe this is the reason why it was so difficult for me to answer that question in the friends book. I don’t really have any other things that I want to ‘become’. I just want be happy... or should I say ‘happier’? But, isn’t this what we all want and what we're all trying to achieve? (Sometimes I wished that my mind wasn’t so complicated. I sure seem to over think everything.)

So... what do I want to become when I’m older? I honestly don’t know. Maybe I should not want to become something, but just be content with the person that I am now. Vague answer I know, but that’s the best I can come up with.

Maybe you can do a better job at answering this question...

Q: What do you want to become when you’re older?
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