I can remember as a child being asked the question, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” I remember that being the most exciting yet the most pressure-filled question I could’ve ever been asked at that time. Exciting because I actually got the opportunity to share my dream with someone else, pressure-filled because in my mind I had to wait until I was a grown up to be what I so desperately wanted to be. I confess that I’ve posed that question to young people on numerous occasions. But I’ve made a conscious decision to never ask that question again. From this point on I will try to be mindful and ask, “Who do you want to be?”
This question requires an individual to put a demand on their soul rather than a position or title they want to attach to their name. It speaks to the spirit of the person we are striving to become. As adults we are so obsessed with doing stuff, being a specific thing, and projecting a certain image that we overlook the power in just being one with our experiences. Our experiences not only shape our perspectives, they are the cues to the type of person we are becoming. Who do you want to be? This small yet powerful question will not only give the next generation hope for the present, but will encourage us to create a template and leave a legacy for them to build off of.
What will your legacy be? What will people be saying about you 50, 60, 100 years from now. They may forget the things you did for them, but they will never forget how you made them feel. Who we are today will reach as far in to the future as others will carry it.