That is the one question that is guaranteed to fall out of the mouth of an adult during a conversation with a child. We all pay lip service to it and we may mmm and aww at the answer, but do any of us really give the answer any deep thought? How many of us decide to try everything in our power to make the dream come true? When I was a child my answer was to be a professional footballer but my dad worked away a lot and this left my mum to look after four children. Talent is fantastic but a little nudge in the right direction is also a great advantage when you are 11 years of age.
I have written in The Meaning of Life, Why Am I here? and What Do You Want Out of Life? about the importance of having an understanding of why you are here and what you wish to achieve. I am always writing about how my mentors did not teach me these important principles at a young age, so it would be remiss of me to not practice what I preach. I talk to my son Jude about these things but I must admit the conversations are not easy, after all he is 11-years of age and would much prefer talking about The Black Eyes Peas and Fallout 3. This is why I believe it is important for the school curriculum to include lessons about purpose and meaning.
Here is my 11-year old son Jude Davy talking about his dream to one day be an artist.
So son, what do you want to do when you grow up?
I want to be an artist.
Why do you want to be an artist?
I enjoy drawing. I like people to judge what I create and of course I like it when they tell me my drawings are good.
How do you feel when you are drawing?
I am just concentrating on the picture that I am drawing. It relaxes me and makes me feel good.
We are going to create a blog. Why are we doing that?
To show people that I can draw, it would be really cool, if I was to one day be a famous artist, to have a record of my work from an early age. I hope that people will find my drawings nice and get enjoyment out of them.
So we have decided to create a blog for Jude to showcase his drawings, and write about his thoughts and feelings. I hope that by creating the blog Jude will become proud of it and continue to enjoy his art. I am going to chronicle the journey on this blog so I can share the experience of a dad trying to provide support and guidance for a son trying to make his dreams come true.
What did you want to do when you were growing up and what stopped you from achieving your dream?
Writing about being a great mentor is one thing but actually being able to be a great mentor is another thing entirely. I suppose it is that word again – balance. I want Jude to have a wonderfully happy childhood, I want him to play with his friends and be a child, but I also want him to have meaning and purpose from a young age. I think it is only natural that as he grows up his decisions surrounding meaning and purpose will change but in the meantime I want to give him belief that you can realise your dreams. I think the idea to create a blog for him to show off his art will drive him to continually improve and to also give himself something to be proud of.
Drawings: Jude Davy when he was aged 10-years of age.