“The privilege of a lifetime is to become who you truly are.” ― C.G. Jung
Children are often asked the age old question, “What will you be when you grow up?” And, when we await the answer, we expect them to come up with cute, creative and inspired responses aligning them to a profession or a purpose that will develop them with a determination to match future realizations. As a child responds, the answer can be whimsical, playful, aspiring to great heights, seriously directed or unusually focused depending on the person. No matter, the questions begs for an answer that allows the inquirer to better understand the interests of that young person at that point in time. And at the heart of the query, there may be a glimpse into the crystal ball of that child’s future. Now, if I suggest that same question to adults, the reaction I may get could be what a silly question or why bother as choices have already been made. Perhaps we believe that it may be too late to make changes on the path in that in our minds the main character of our story has already been defined. But our story is still being written and this is why this question is still of high importance even as adults who have entered the second half of life. Just tweak the question and replace the what with a who and allow our ever growing consciousness to take over –so again “who will you be when you grow up?” Don’t be surprised if the only answer to this must be more my authentic self, or in other words exactly who I am meant to be. Think about it. We are born with a purpose. In that little body and mind, the seeds have been planted that if nurtured and cared for will allow talents and skills to be developed that will serve you well as you move forward. And, as we are delivered opportunities along the way, we have the privilege to know ourselves more as we experience others and the world around us. When we keep our acceptance high that everything is unfolding as it should and keep our expectations low, then we can truly trust that the choices we continue to make are perfect for what we need to learn. Ahh, the truth and awareness to accept who I am and stand in gratitude for that wisdom. Without expectations, I accept every experience as it plays out and stand ready to be wowed and surprised as I enjoy all the beautiful mysteries as they unfold before me! Stand proud with no judgments and no desire to be something you are not. Get ready to become the best you possible. This is truly the privilege that we all have as we experience life. Thank each and every one along the way for being true to themselves, it gives others permission to do the same! In reality, when asking the ultimate question is not what but who am I, the answer can be better than anything that you could have ever imagined, because it is a more amazing YOU!