When I Grow Up…

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Carrie De Simas

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Why do we push our children to think about what they want to be when they grow up?

It’s a common question especially as children graduate through the levels of schooling: What do you want to be? What do you want to do?
We have career fairs for them to get a quick snapshot of some of the most common careers. We have increased pressure to choose courses and extracurricular activities to help them focus their attention and skills on that one narrow path. 
I switched jobs about every two years through my twenties and thirties. I took on a position and buckled down to learn the lingo, requirements, people and tricks of the role. Once I had it figured out, I worked hard to be good at my job—the best if I could. Then I took a bit more time to enjoy being good or great, and to help anyone else still learning. 
Then…boredom. Sure I could look for an opportunity within that role or field to be promoted and tweak what I needed to know. But that small change of tweaking my knowledge and skills to apply for an elevated version of my current role didn’t excite me. If I don’t like vanilla ice cream any more, I’m still not going to like it if you add sprinkles. Can’t trick me into thinking it’s exciting just because you add a layer. 
So I would switch jobs. Everything from communications specialist to bartender. From modelling to marketing. I jumped all over the place both metaphorically and literally. 
And throughout it all, some of my mentors admonished me. That is not how society works. You need to choose a path and set your professional feet upon it. 
Uh, why? 
Because that’s how things are. 
Well, no. Not for me and not for a lot of other people. 
There are names for people like me who require an evolving and revolving creative career. 
In renaissance times, we were called polymaths. A more current term is multipotentialite, who is someone with multi interests and abilities; people who regularly discover and immerse themselves in new ideas. 
This personality type is used to new adventures and challenges. Used to being a novice and working to build knowledge and understanding and ability. These are the out of the box thinkers and innovators that can find new paths and solutions to the ever diversifying problems in our world. 
If you are this personality type, embrace it and enjoy the ride. If you have children, encourage them to be everything and anything they want as long as they are prepared to work for it. 
Break down the mental roadblocks and give yourself and your children the freedom of creativity. 
You don’t need to be great at one thing. You just need to be great.