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Monday, September 09, 2013

I’ve always considered this question meaningless and kind of…well…stupid.
First of all because a kid has no idea of what they will want to be when they will be totally different persons in a world that will have probably changed a lot. And, honestly, the best answer I’ve ever listened to this question is the following one.

That’s what I want my children to be when they grow up. Happy.

The other reason why this question doesn’t sound right is because throughout our lives we never stop wanting to be something.
Just think about all the things that you’ve ever wanted to be. Not just professions but anything you have desired. First in your class, best student, rich, famous, successful, an athlete, a runner, fastest, stronger, fitter, thin, a better person… We constantly wish to be more and more things. And we’re so much absorbed in those wishes that we rarely stop to think about what we already are.
Just think about this for a second. If you asked a friend to describe you, what are the words you think they would use and which ones would you keep in order to describe yourself?
I am…

What we put after these two small words, is a summary of everything we believe about ourselves. And the way we see ourselves is almost always the way others will see us. But most importantly what we think we are can determine whether or not we will ever become the things we want to be.
And the first thing we owe ourselves to constantly try to be, is this:

The easiest, most natural and most spontaneous thing we can be. Yet, the most difficult. Because we always compare ourselves to others and find someone better than us. We have been weighed by our strict self-criticism and found insufficient. So, we strive to become others, forgetting that we are unique and we can only succeed by using our original abilities and our true character. A copy will never do a job better than the original.

But there is one thing that we all are. We always have been and we always will be.

We are capable of things beyond our limited perception of our abilities. We can be anything we have dreamed of. We just have to believe it, want it with all our heart and our being, and work really hard for it.

So, what are you?
What do you wish to be?


Member Comments About This Blog Post:
WATERMELLEN 10/17/2013 5:50PM

    Sorry to have missed this blog when you posted it: but it's timeless and so important. Thanks for reminding me of the importance of being who I am, and all that I can achieve when I believe myself to be capable.

That way lies happiness, for sure.

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FIT_MAMA_2_FOUR 9/21/2013 12:33PM

    I think this way as well....thanks for putting it out there....

SO I have this sticky note above my computer that doesn't say "what do you want to be when you grow up?" says "WHO do you want to be when you grow up"? I constantly remind my kiddos of this question. I think the WHO is way more important than the WHAT. Who being kind, generous, happy, motivated etc. etc. Careers come and go. If you can pick one when your 15, take the right classes to get yourself into university when you're 18 and come out the other end making a wonderful decision, loving the career choice and sticking to it foreves then you are hugely blessed. Most of us need time/age/wisdom to figure out the things that interest us in life. In the meantime, be the WHO you were made to be or want to be and life will be so much more fulfilling. Could ya tell I could go on and on about this?hahaha!

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GEORGE815 9/11/2013 4:36PM

    Very esoteric!

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TRAVELGRRL 9/10/2013 5:57PM

    Wonderful and thought-provoking blog!

I am leaving to hike the Inca Trail in Peru in (gulp) 6 days, and I'm having such doubts that I can do this. So I love the picture and the quote that "I am capable of so much more than I realize"; I'm going to hold that close to my heart this week!

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FUNLOVEN 9/10/2013 9:03AM

    Great blog, Nuovaele!

My wish list is probably too long for here - LOL!
I really liked the John Lennon quote. Plus your statement about ". . . the way we see ourselves is almost always the way others will see us." really touched a cord with me today.

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BAKER1009 9/9/2013 4:54PM

    LOVE the John Lennon quote! Love the I must think!

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THOMS1 9/9/2013 3:05PM

    Great Blog!! emoticon

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ELIZABETH5268 9/9/2013 11:59AM

    This really makes you think especially about what you want for your children. Thank you for sharing.

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MICKEYH 9/9/2013 11:33AM

    emoticon blog!! Thank you for sharing!

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JITZUROE 9/9/2013 11:18AM

    Very nice! And very true.
: )

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SHANTODD420 9/9/2013 10:11AM

    Thanks for sharing this.

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KELLIEBEAN 9/9/2013 8:06AM

    Great song. That will go on my running playlist!

I have always struggled with that question.

Excellent blog!

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KANOE10 9/9/2013 8:04AM

    That was a lovely blog. It added a positive note to my day. Thanks for a thoughtful blog reminding us to accept ourselves and that we are capable of many things.

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