Ask the question!
I learnt this yesterday from my 7 year old daughter. My other blog yesterday will explain more. As adults, we feel that we need to have answers to everything. If we don’t have an answer, we are not intelligent enough. More so, we believe that every answer that we have found, is right; because it has been proven over centuries and hence has to be right.
As kids, we were asked this question so many times – “What do you want to become when you grow big?”. I, in my innocence and under the burden to provide an answer, and of course not knowing how impossible it was, wanted to become “A Father”. Hilarious as it may sound, it reflects on the innocence and beauty within each child. As children we are free with our thoughts. We know no boundaries. We think everything is possible. We just need to dream to make it happen.
My daughter is one notch smarter than me. She doesn’t get bogged down by the expectation that society needs an answer. She is happy sticking to the question -“What should I become when I grow big?” At first I used to laugh at her and think, she will not achieve anything in life. Over time, I realized she is still thinking about the same question and has not found an answer yet. And that amazed me! Rather than thinking that she is dumb not to even know the answer to this question, I am so proud that she is thinking about it and asking the same question again and again till she finds the right answer.
It is sometimes not enough, just to find an answer. It is very important to find the right answer. And of course, the first step towards it is to – Ask the question. Once you have an answer, don’t hesitate to question the answer as well! And don’t feel bad if you have many unanswered questions. It just means you are still searching for the right answer.