Who do you want to be?

Have you ever realized that if you were to ask someone, “What do you want to be when you’re older?” most of them would answer with the career choice they had in mind even though that wasn’t even the question. Yet we all answer similarly because we have been brainwashed to answer that way from a young age. This is where we have gone wrong. This is why everyone is so obsessed with their jobs and when their next pay raise will be, but that is not what the question is asking.

What do you want to be when you’re older?

If you were to ask me this a couple weeks ago I probably would have answered it the same way, with the career choice I had in mind. Yet for some reason it just recently hit me that what you are striving to be is not the career choice you go to college for. One of the reasons I believe people are so quick to answer with a career choice is because our society is self obsessed with titles. I have often heard these following phrases:

“I am Mrs. ——— not Miss.”

“Call me doctor not professor because thats what I’ve earned.”

“I am ——— the executive director and producer”

Your title is not who you are. It is just what you do, so why are we trying to connect that to who we want to be. Is that as far as our hopes, dreams, and goals take us these days.

Who do you want to be?

Who do you want to be?

I’ve been thinking about this for an insane amount of time, and it just kept coming up. I kept being surrounded with people obsessing over their titles, and all the awards they have won, how many different things they have accomplished, and how overall they were “better” then the person they were talking to. But at the end of the day is that what you want people to know you as? The dude who had a doctorate and a bunch of awards? Or the woman who was married and also managed to be someones boss? Because that is not at all what I want to be known as or who I want to be.

I want to be a woman who knows how to make sacrifices for the ones she loves, but also knows not to sacrifice who she is. I want to be a mother that compliments their children on their brains and way they hold themselves, rather than on their looks and “talents.” I want to be a wonderful wife who never forgets that my marriage will benefit if I put God first before everything. I want to be one of the hardest workers possible, because if they are going to pay me I want to make sure I actually earn it.

I want to be known as a compassionate friend full of heart, a selfless servant for the one who made each and everyone one of us, and someone who is filled with love most of all.

Who do you want to be?

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