I’m sorry to break the news to you but you cannot be anything you want to be when you grow up. It was a lie. It’s not your fault; society has pushed this idea onto you since your birth. Through television, movies, music, and well intentioned adults you’ve received this message. It was false though and now it’s time you learn the truth.
Yes, you have limitations. It seems cruel to tell little children this harsh reality, so many adults don’t. They go on lying to them, filling them with magical hope for the future. The problem is that if you are told a lie long enough you start to believe it. But, you aren’t a little child, and I’m not going to lie. Despite well-meaning intentions, lying to children about their unlimited options can lead to serious confusion and a lack of direction; that and it really isn’t all that helpful.
Little Johnny: “Dad what should I be when I grow up?”
Johnny’s Dad: “Oh son, you can be anything you want to be…”
Little Johnny: “Yeah I know Dad, but I mean I really don’t know what I want to do?”
Johnny’s Dad: “…anything you want, son. You can be anything you want.”
In the real world, to be successful at something requires that you have very specific talents and abilities and more importantly that you know what they are. Rather than telling you that you can be anything you want I’m going to tell you the truth:
You cannot be anything you want to be, but you can be an awesome version of yourself!
You are uniquely wired in certain ways that no one else is. At the risk of sounding like your mom, you are special! You have skills and abilities that make you uniquely valuable. The trick is putting yourself in the right environment; one that will allow you to use those special abilities. So don’t spread the lie. You can’t be anything you want to be, you wouldn’t want to anyways. You can and should be yourself.