“When I was a child, my mother said to me, ‘If you become a soldier, you'll be a general. If you become a monk, you'll end up as the Pope.’ Instead, I became a painter and wound up as Picasso.” Pablo Picasso
As a full-time Aunt, it has been my great pleasure to watch my nieces and nephews, and all those I claim as my nieces and nephews, grow up. I have had a wonderful vantage point. With no parental responsibility, I have had the fun job of being on hand to offer a second opinion, when asked, and to watch and enjoy the growth and development of some wonderful young people. Could there be a more enjoyable job on the planet? Of course, it's not really a job at all, is it?
Each of "my kids" has taken his or her own "road less traveled" to become unique people. Through terrain that is at times chaotic and unpredictable, each has navigated and negotiated the challenges and emerged a wonderful young adult. Each seems to be very good at being an individual, expressing a special blend of talents, style, and interests. If I were to be interviewed by, say, Time Magazine about my wonderful nieces and nephews and asked what has impressed me the most about them, I would have to say that each one is busy being him or herself, boldly. Watching as they grow and become who they are meant to be inspires me to continue growing into a better version of myself.
One of my nieces just informed me that she scheduled a date with herself at her favorite Starbucks to research one of her special interests and figure out how to further her education in that direction. My niece reminds me that we can direct and re-direct our life and work at will.
So why not schedule a date with yourself, to make sure you are on track to becoming the best you you can be?