This weeks writing workshop prompt #3 is 'what do you secretly dream of your children doing?' which is something very close to my heart. It is no secret what I dream of my Star doing. Anyone that knows me will know the answer in an instant. I have thought long and hard about it and will do everything in my power to ensure he has the opportunity and self belief to achieve what is currently my, but hopefully eventually his, dream.
But before I tell you what it is,if you haven't guessed already, I'm going to explain my rationale. I want my son to have a financially secure future. Other than poor health I can think of nothing more stressful. I want him to do a job of which he can be immensely proud. I want him to do a job that is of real value to society. I want him to do a job that will enhance his self esteem. If he does a job that enables him to achieve all these things, I believe this alone puts him well on the way to finding happiness. I would like Star to become a doctor. Not any old doctor though, a consultant.
It ticks the financial box, particularly if he does private work a couple of days a week. He is highly unlikely to ever be unemployed or at risk of redundancy. And what can give you a better feeling than doing all you can to improve someone's health or quality of life ?
I've even given a little thought as to which field would be best to go into, currently favouring anaesthetics, or even palliative care if he could cope with that emotionally. There's no responsibility or pressure to actually provide a cure in these areas, again less stressful. I've no doubt though that if he ends up here, he will find his own calling.
And Star may only be 17mths old but I have already started the master plan to open the doors to enable him to achieve this. Both his parents have good brains so he should have inherited the required academic capacity. He already loves books which are by far his favourite past time and the key to the door of academic achievement. But academic achievement alone is not enough to get you into medical college. You also need to be able to demonstrate that you have shown leadership, shown commitment to a task, shown an ability and a commitment to work in a caring environment. We're talking volunteer work, playing an instrument and playing for a sports team over a number of years. All before the age of 18. And all of which makes for a well balanced, happy, healthy child. But as important as all of that is The Daddy and I have a major role in opening his eyes to this possibility and showing him that it is a goal that is both achievable and rewarding on so many levels.
Of course, he may decide that medicine is not for him, and that is OK. As long as he has chosen not to do it, and not bypassed it through a lack of thought or opportunity. And the worst case scenario is that by the age of 18 his CV will be such that he gets into the university of his choice or gets the job of his dreams. And my work will be done.
Do you ever wonder what career you would have chosen if only you had known it was an option available to you ?
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