What I want to be when I grow up

dad-and-son-1432772_1920We have never had a discussion about what Vi wants to become when he grows up. Mostly because he’s too small to think of these things, for God’s sake he’s only 4. What clue would he have about growing up and taking a particular profession? But I guess I was wrong as proved today morning on our way to school. Ok so I am getting emotional and my eyes are filling up even as remember that 4-minute talk we had. That’s how long it takes us to reach the school on foot. Out of the blue, he asks me, “Amma do u know what I want to be when I grow up?” I was like, yeah mouth open, completely lost. In my mind I am thinking like do you even know what growing up is. Or what this what I want to be thing refers to. So I put it in words and ask him, what exactly do u mean by growing up. So he goes on to explain, like when I am bigger and finish studying and after that. Somebody hit me on my head. It’s like I have not grown up and he has. Ok so understood that he knows what he means by growing up. Then I think and smile , hehe, he’s going to want to become a bus driver or firefighter or some kind of superhero (Kids usually love them). So I ask him, so what is this something that you want to be when you grow up? He says he wants to do something where he can help people. Ok, my brain is blown. I am just so choked up at this time at this tiny wonder who is speaking to me. He continues. He says he wants to be someone who helps people like a doctor or a police or that person who helps people cross the road. Yeah, I know where that last one came from. Last October, we visited his cousin in the USA, and there you have volunteers who hold up a sign and help you cross the road, mostly on the way to school. The other two are just a surprise package.

So I go ahead and tell him, yes you can be anything that you want. Amma is really happy to hear what you want to be. It makes Amma super happy. So he further emphasises that it’s not for fun that I am saying, I don’t just want to dress up as them, I want to really be that. Now it was serious. I explained to him, yes darling you can really do any of these professions but for that, you have to study hard and play hard and most importantly help people from now itself. If you want to help others, you can start right away. For that, you don’t need to study anything. You just need to be compassionate. And if you want to be one of those people because you believe it gives you a better opportunity to help others then we will support you through it all.

It is at moments like these you feel that there is so much to learn about that tiny that came from your womb. He is not his parents or his surroundings. He has come with his set of thoughts and aims.

Vi, it is normal that as we grow up our desires, aims and goals change with us. I hope that however big you grow, you never change this “What I want to be when I grow up”. This wish to help others, I hope that stays with you. Whatever profession you choose, I believe you will always be a compassionate person who cares about his fellow beings. We really need a lot of people like you in the world, right now.

10 thoughts on “What I want to be when I grow up

  1. Amina says:

    I think it’s you who deserve a pat on your shoulder for i believe education and the luxuries of positive thought begins from home 🙂
    While reading this much awaited post, an incident flashed across my mind..I was in the process of introducing future tense in grade 2 and was asking around what each one wanted to be when they grow up. When I was expecting to hear jobs like fireman, fisherman or a locopilot, the kids indeed proved me wrong! They wanted to become business men, social workers and fashion designers. When in school did we get to know about these professions?? Yes, kids today no longer think like how we did back then. Then came a question to me, “ma’am, who do you wanna be when you become big?” !! 😮

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    • Hahaha..loved the question from the kids..yeah what do you want to be ? Seriously I still have no clue. Except be a good accepting human being and just give my 100% to whatever I do. The present generation is much focused than we will ever be. Only wish is that they also grow up with values which are slowly disappearing. Thanks Ami, for your thoughts. I don’t know if I am to be credited for Vi’s thoughts. And also thanks for always reading and commenting!


  2. Loved the post Uma 🙂 Our children are so precious and it fills me with wonder when I keep my heart and ears open enough to listen and observe fully. May your little one have his wish and be in a wonderful position to help many when he is a grown man 🙂


  3. It’s heartwarming when the innocence of our kids spills over to everything they say and do. I hope sincerely that he retains that will to help people and grows up to be a compassionate person, in and out. Good job, Uma and yay! You’re back to blogging. Guess the birthday wish helped then 😉


  4. Boy! Are kids growing up smarter or what! What a lovely post this was! I am sure you must be very proud of little Vi. Nurturing and encouraging such positive thoughts in young minds is so important. As avenues in careers widen, so does competition. It is heart-warming to read a simple desire to help people as an aim for when you grow up. Stay blessed little one, mommy dear you too!


    • They are so ahead of their age. I mean sometimes I feel I can see the evolution of mankind in front of me. Here’s hoping that he does just want he wishes to do. Whatever career he chooses.


  5. Beautiful post, Uma! Children in their innocence and goodness can teach us a thing or two! I hope he grows up to become just that, a compassionate young man willing to help people in need. God bless!


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