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Hi, I am a 14-year-old girl. When I was 7 or 8 years old, I was asked, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” This is a common question people ask children. I don’t know why people ask this question time and again. However, I feel there is something wrong with this question. We tell children, “It is ok to wait to do what you want to do.” It diminishes the capability of children. We do not focus on what she is capable of doing today. We focus only on the dreams and ambitions for the future and forget about their present time goals.

I believe age is just a number. I think any child is capable of great action and can touch the lives of others regardless of her age. Next time you talk to a child, remember; talk about the present, and the future will take care of itself. Just try to think of the days when you were a young schoolboy or a girl. I am sure you would remember the dreams you had at that time.

You would have wanted to be a sportsman, or a doctor or a writer, or something else you are not at present. Now, ask yourself, have you remained stick to one dream since you were a kid? Why do you have to wait until you grow up to realise your dreams? Why not have many ideas at once? Should not it be fascinating to do various things all together in your life?

Curiosity is such a magical thing.

There should be nothing that stops a child from experimenting with what they want to achieve and when they want to make. Don’t stop them from imagining. However, imagination means nothing if you do not try to materialise it. We do not have to wait for the future to realise our interests in life.

Let us pursue what interests we have in the present life. Let us leave future benefits for the future. There are so many things we can do now as children we cannot do as adults.

At last, I suggest all of you that next time you talk to a child, talk to him about his current interests and let her figure out what she is capable of doing in the future. However, if you want to ask them something, ask about their vision for a better world, ask what they are doing to change this world, ask them about the real-life problems and how they are going to solve them. This will make our coming generations independent in the decision making.

Thank you so much.