"Can you remember who you were before the world told you who you should be?" It's Friday morning and that means I'm sharing one of my favorite inspirations from my digital frame. This one reminds me that my natural talents are not just a hobby, they are what I'm meant to do.
My career coach taught me to recall what I loved to do as a kid before my parents told me what skills I needed to improve. When I was a kid, I made friends of virtually anyone. I loved to draw, read, paint, dance, all outdoor activities, I wanted to be an actress and explore my world beyond it's boundaries. My father wanted me to be good with computers, math and science - said it was the future and I needed to be ready for a big corporation, raise a family and save for retirement. "You're not supposed to enjoy your job, that's why it's called Work". What a bleak outlook of life to put on a young creative mind prime with possibilities. It took until I was 38 to stop trying to win my father's approval and start listening to my intuition.
I keep this quote on display in my kitchen to remind myself that my son's talents are his guide to his purpose. My job is to help him refine HIS talents and explore HIS interests, not mine.