Mummy, What Should I Be?
With two young girls aged 12 and 6 years, our days at home are filled with a lot of creativity and fun. A very interesting conversation we’ve been having lately revolves around what they should be when they grow up. Often, one of them comes up to me and asks, “Mummy, what should I be when I grow up?” “Should I be a dancer or a baker? Or, maybe I’ll be a teacher? Can I be a dance teacher?” “You tell me, Mummy, what should I be?”
Invariably, my answer is always the same. “You should become whoever and whatever you’d like to be, my love!”
We celebrated Mother’s Day recently and I found myself thinking about our recent conversation again. I genuinely believe that my girls would do whatever and go wherever their hearts lead them to — their destination will always be one of their own choice and passion. Although I do hope that their journey is as fulfilling as the path they take to achieve their dreams and goals.
Thinking back on our little chats, I penned down a few lines trying to answer this important question for them.
Mummy, what should I be?
You can be a baker or a doctor,
An artist or a dancer,
Whatever passion and profession you find,
Remember to be compassionate and kind.
Some days may seem sunny and fun,
On others, you simply want to run.
Be honest and strong,
Yet, never side with the wrong.
Be determined and act with grit,
Laugh along and show your wit.
Yet on some days, if you seem to falter,
Be open minded to be an explorer.
Aim high and reach for the stars,
Follow your path, though the goal may seem so far.
Have faith and carry on even when you tumble,
And when you succeed, remember to always stay humble.
Be generous to others and show them empathy,
Be loving and patient, with others especially.
Wherever life takes you, whatever your destiny,
Keep smiling and look up — let that be your legacy.
Be a pilot and fly high in the skies,
Or be the one who studies the stars.
With all your dreams pursued,
Show some character, show some attitude,
And remember to always express your gratitude.
Be mindful, be heartful,
Or simply be joyful!
Be whatever you want to be,
And at times when the world seems too fast,
Pause. Breathe. And simply be!