How Do You Choose A Lifepath?
How Do You Choose a Lifepath? It’s a question every single person has probably asked themselves while young, and some of us continually as ourselves this question, even into our 50′s and 60′s.
If you are a new reader here you may not know, my husband and I were foster parents for 6 years, and over that time we had many fantastic youth come into our home, that we were able to mentor, and we learned a great deal from them…
It Starts When We are Young?
The thought for this post, came from a culmination of being a foster parent of teenage children, and having my own very determined children to help them reach and grow into the adults they will one day become.
I enjoyed many conversations with our foster children over the years, and both my husband and I have fond memories of chatting in the car… in fact one of my favorite places to have a family discussion is in the car… why? Well most time everyone remains calmer, and we get much more accomplished.
During our time with our foster kids we had time to discuss with them their dreams, and plans… focus on their talents, and direct them toward using those talents to succeed in life.
Sometimes the message probably went in one ear and out the other… as the saying goes…
However, as these kids have gotten older, have left our home, and are now adults, and creating their life, I see glimpses into conversations we have had, and special moments we shared…
I see their lives are shaped even if some small bit, by the influence we had and the dreams we nurtured together.
As a nearly 40 something adult I too still sometimes find myself wondering, how do you choose a lifepath…
Today I watched a video that was insanely powerful! It embodies everything I want my own children to know, and everything I want myself to know! Chase what you love!!
I am not going to say anything more about this video, because I cannot do it justice… you have to see this! Click Play
I LOVE this speech because its about empowerment, its about courage, and its about enjoying life!
I love that Jim Carrey speaks of his father’s life and how his ‘safe choice’ ultimately caused stress in the family.
I love that he does NOT say – Do what you love because its SAFE… he is basically saying Do what you love because nothing is safe!
Life is about taking chances, and decisions that make you happy!
So Here is my answer to this Question – How do you Choose Your Lifepath?
First you figure out what you love… don’t live your life wondering what if… live your life knowing that you made
those choices, because you LOVE it… for when you LOVE it you will not experience nearly as much sadness!
Keep following your dreams, and encourage your children to follow their passion.
I believe one of the greatest skills a parent can share with their children is the ability to be a thinker! Encourage their love of whatever their passion is… even if those passions change 100 times between 2 and 20!
I believe a parents job is to cheer for their children, and encourage their wildest dreams. (even if you think its absolutely crazy!)
Experience Joy when you Encourage Their Dreams!
I have no idea!! We do not live near an ocean, nor do we even have a fish.
My daughter has been to Sea World many, many times, and she loves and adores those Orca Whales.
We encourage her to keep her dream alive… for today she wants to do that more than anything in the world.
At some point her dreams may change, but right now we are having fun encouraging her to learn more about Orca whales, and how she can actually become an Orca trainer.
The picture here is a recent trip to SeaWorld, where Jaycee (our daughter) got to spend about 30 minutes absorbing information from an Orca Trainer, who taught her all about Orca Whale behaviors, and bonding with mother and baby Orca’s and more.
She absolutely loved every moment of it. She was so sad when we had to leave, and she can’t wait to go back to see the Orca’s.
I would love to hear your thoughts on this post I had so much fun sharing some of my family with you!