This past week I heard something that made me think. I don’t even remember where I heard it except that it was on TV. What was said was that we are all born into a role, but responsible for who we become. Deep!! Yes, but it seems relevant to this site.

    When we are little children we all have ideas of what we want to be, or in this context, to what we are born to become. Many times it is something that either your mother or your father does for a living. A little boy may want to be a policeman or a fireman. A little girl may want to be a dancer or a nurse like her mother. Also, these are kind of fun and/or glamorous to a little one. Sometimes something on television or in the movies may interest them. Who doesn’t want to be Superman or Superwoman and save the world.

    Then we become teenagers and their childhood ideas change. The child realizes that he no longer wants to be the person he wanted to be when he was five. Some things just are not realistic. Other things change as they grow older and now they want to be something else. They have learned during their school years that they really are not interested in science or ballet anymore. They now have different interests, but at some point it becomes clearer as to what their role will be in the future and they must begin to go to school to learn how to become this person.

    Deciding On Career

    Sometimes it still is not clear to them what they want to be and they may change their plans a few times during the next years of their life. Many children don’t know even after they start their major in college and some still don’t know even after they have graduated and started their career. It is often difficult to know.

    I have a grand neice who is a sophmore in college and she just recently changed her major. She thought that she wanted to be a teacher and to teach the younger children. Her major now is sociology and anthropology and still not sure that this is what she wants to do. She does know that she wants to help people and make a difference in their lives.

    I think I said in my introductory pages that I went to school to become a nurse and then went onto a program in psychology. I finished my education in nursing and took the boards and became a nurse. I continued my education in psycholgy and received my BS and then went into a Master’s program. As I have said before, I wish I had gone into Psychology after finishing high school and not gone to school to become a nurse. I kind of combined the two in the end and worked in mental health in nursing most of my life. It was not quite what I wanted, but it worked out alright as long as I worked in mental health. Medical care nursing or any of the hands on care specialities did not interest me at all and I would have been miserable if I had had to do that all of my life.

    That kind of makes me question the original statement that I started this article with, which is, we are all born into a role. At least I question the first part of the statement. Of course a child does not know what he wants to do when real young and it is hard to decide as you get older. There are so many choices. However, it is better to change your choice if you are going to be miserable for the rest of your life.

    Sometimes parents play a huge part in what the child decides to do. Of course, children need guidance, but if they are not happy with what their parents think that they should be, it probably is not going to work. Most all parents want their child to be and have a better life than they have, but one can not force another person to like what the parent choses for them.

    Other times the opposite happens. A parent might try to convince the child not to go into the career that the child wants to go into. I tend to want to discourage a child from going into healthcare for many reasons. I don’t do this, but I think about it. This does not work, either, and it shouldn’t. The children should at least try what they want to do.

    The second part of the statement makes sense. As I just said, if you are not happy with what you are doing, find out what you think you would be happy doing and find a way to get into this career. The statement says that you are responsible for who you are in the end. We are all responsible for our own destinies. What kind of a life do you have if you remain in the situation that you hate? Some people do do this, but it can’t be much fun.

    I have been stressing this even late in your life, such as after you have retired or left the job you worked in all of your life. It is never too late to start something new. Remember Grandma Moses? She was in her 80’s when she started painting and became famous for her artwork. I have always remembered this. Who says that you can’t start over even in your 80’s?

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