When I Grow Up…

What did YOU want to be when you grew up? For awhile I thought I wanted to be a nurse. But then I found out nurses have no authority; basically, they are minions to the doctors. Scratch that idea…my independent (rebellious?) streak would never survive such a job. So…what else could I do?

Eventually I figured out what I really wanted to be when I grew up. It was a difficult job. It would take patience, and creativity, and flexibility. Oooo…the more I thought about it, the more I realized it would be a job in which I would never have time to be bored. What did I wanna be?? I’ll tell you in a minute…

I grew up with a stay-at-home mom. But it was the era of Women’s Lib. So moms of my friends often asked what I was going to do when I grew up. I confess…my answer horrified them: “I wanna be a MOM,” I would say.

I wanna be a mom...of a nice big family

“But…you could be ANYthing,” they would urge.

“Yep! I know. And I wanna be a mom,” I would answer.

35 years later, I can truly say it was a great career decision. I see too many friends who bought into what they were told while growing up. They have been frustrated trying to juggle a career with raising a family. Too often, they don’t find fulfillment in either role. Unlike those women who have been pulled in multiple directions at the same time, I have had the privilege of focusing on one primary role: Mom.

Yeah, this career of mine has had its ups and downs. Sometimes I wasn’t sure if I would kill the kids first or if they would be the death of me. But the pros definitely have outweighed the cons. I wouldn’t trade my “job” for anything else. In my job, I have gotten to mold the future. I have been able to dream—for myself, and for each one of my kids.

...even if that sounds silly to you!

And I was right, there really hasn’t been much time to be bored!

I’m happy with what I have done “when I grew up.” What about you??