I hate that question. Why? You might ask. Well because you already are and not going to be. When someone asks that, it’s normally addressed to a child in conversation and that person is wording that question that way in particular because that’s how they always have heard that question phrased, most likely. But when you look at the actual meaning of that question you will see that it is making the assumption that they are not currently something. That at the stage they are at right now they are not a complete person, with a complete personality and desires and one with their own talents and beliefs. Children are growing people who continue to learn everyday just as everyone does but they are so much more than that. Children are spectacular and are talented and brilliant and hard working human beings and so are adults who, if they weren’t something spectacular as children they wouldn’t be such as adults. A child’s innocence and honesty about the world gives them more room to imagine, create and wonder of the world and be open to many things we wouldn’t think of doing because of the boundaries we have set over the years we have lived. What I am saying in this whole paragraph of ramblings is that children aren’t going to be someone, they already are someone, they just happen to be younger than we are.
When you are talking to a child and want to ask what their career ideas for the future are, check your wording of “what are you going to be when you grow up?” because children need to know that they are something already and that as they get older and continue to learn, they build on that something and are continually getting to know what they are all about, and that is something you never stop doing, even if you are a century old. If children know they are someone, they may gain more respect for themselves and others and treat others and themselves better.
We just need to lead by example.