As soon as I typed the four words of my title, I knew my post was probably going in a different direction than most of the others in the Writer Wednesdays group.
You see, if you’re a musical theatre aficionado like I am,
the title probably brought to mind the song from the Tony-winning production of “Matilda.”
Well, it did for this theatre buff, anyway. 😀
If you’re not familiar with song and you wanna hear a catchy tune, let me oblige you: “When I Grow Up”
I challenge you not to find yourself humming this later today.
If so, drop me a comment below or shoot me a tweet via @prisoliveras to let me know.
The lyrics offer a cute look at how kids often (mistakenly) think life will be easier when they’re adults. ‘Cuz, you know, when you’re grown up you’ll get to do fun things like “eat sweets every day, on the way to work”, “go to bed late every night” or “spend all day just lying in the sun” and not burn ‘cause you’ll “be all grown up.”
Even better, as the song says, you’ll “be smart enough to answer all the questions that you need to know the answers to.” And you’ll be “strong enough to carry all the heavy things you have to haul around with you.” Even better, you’ll be “brave enough to fight the creatures, that you have to fight beneath the bed each night to be a grown up.”
If only life and our adult decisions were that simple.
Figuring out what we want to be when we grow up can often be pretty mind boggling. But like the wise man he was, Dr. Seuss put a positive spin on the idea in one of the childhood books my daughters loved:
Here are two of my favorite, often-remembered pages:
“Want to be a ticket taker? Want to be a pizza maker?”
How about a wrestler… a writer… or a waiter?”
The rhyming and rhythmic list of jobs Dr. Seuss offers—some silly, some more practical— is a reminder to kids that they can be whatever they want to be, whatever they dream to be.
But the thing is, I think the book offers an important message for all of us no matter what age we are. Because it’s never too late try something different. To stretch our wings. To seek a path we’ve thought about, but never pursued.
Because life doesn’t have to be set in stone.
Like Matilda says at the end of “When I Grow Up” and in another song titled “Naughty“: “Just because I find myself in this story, it doesn’t mean that everything is written for me.”
I see both songs as a call to action.
A reminder that we’re never too old or too young or too little to try a new adventure.
Like one of the musical’s tag lines says: To change the world it takes a little genius.
And a little gumption, too! 😀
So, whether life has thrown you a curve and you need to re-evaluate, or if you’re trucking along just fine but wanna try adding something new in your life. It’s never too late to go for it.
What’s something you’d like to try or do “when you grow up”—I’d love to hear some of your ideas!
And don’t forget to check out what the other Writer Wednesday bloggers are sharing about “When They Grow Up”!