I’m beginning the high school era with my oldest child next year. She’s selected her 9th grade schedule and is eager to move up in the fall.
The academic in me is very excited. Not that I want her to grow up so quickly, but I love the possibilities that are opening up for her.
I’m already asking her about her high school plans
- What does she want to accomplish academically?
- What sports and activities does she want to be part of?
- Where can she volunteer because everything from here on out will count toward college applications. (College has never been discussed as “optional” in my house. It’s a normal extension of their education.)
She’s already picked the college she wants to go to in 4 years. Luckily for me it’s in state and fairly close. But I feel that I am missing out on exploring opportunities with her. Then again, I picked my college when I was 14. I never waivered and didn’t apply anywhere else. Chalk one up to her being determined, too.
She is a strong, determined young lady. I see much of myself in her, but she is the athlete I never was. She’s contemplating career options already. Possibly teaching.
I’m trying to get her to focus (more than I ever have) on picking a career. You know, pick something you like and make it happen. hmmmmmm… completely different from how I’ve lived my life.
I realize that the only way to reach a goal is to set it and work toward it. Unfortunately, I still don’t know what I want to be when I grow up. A writer? Yes. Own my own business? Yes. Cook and bake for fun and profit? Yes. Be part of a great volunteer organization? Yes. Be a genetic researcher? Yes.
See what I mean?
I’m hoping to teach my kids to have focus. That wonderful thing which I lack completely. Yes, the goals I’ve set have been achieved. But I’m out of practice. You’d think I’d have learned by now that when I set a goal, I do reach it. Eventually.
As the interview question goes – Where do I see myself in five years? I don’t know. My best laid plans often go awry, so I don’t plan much. I know I want to be happy. Financially secure finally. In a relationship. I’ll have 2 kids in college. Yikes. Times goes too fast.
The top goal in my life is to be happy. Beyond that, I have no idea what I want to be when I grow up. How many people do?