What do you want to be when you grow up?

Have you ever been asked this question before?

Does it help you set goals, plan, and begin with some idea of an end in mind?

While this question is popularly used to help visualize ambition, I find this question horrible and unhelpful, for 2 reasons.

1. What do you want to be… most of the time, leads people into boxes of convention, to pick some static state, and attach ideas of permanence.

2. …when you grow up Suggests that growth sort of stops at some point. This is even worse when age is assumed to have something to do with being “grown up”.

Of course, I’m saying this because I believe anything that impedes personal growth and distracts you from acknowledging life’s transient nature, is bad bad bad. Bad.

Yet, many of us have been attacked by this question at some point. Even pre-school children!

There are a lot of other more helpful questions, like, “How would I like to live my life today, and how would I like to live my life x years from now, is what I’m doing today helping me get there?”

Not that it makes answering any easier, but at least it doesn’t put shit in your head.

One comment on “What do you want to be when you grow up?

  1. khailee November 2, 2006 5:34 pm

    which is why i made the decision to become master splinter. or i will forever be swimming in the tiring sea of possibilities… *continues to meditate* haha

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