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When I Grow Up…

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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.”

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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:

Maybe You Should Fly a Jet! Maybe You Should be a Vet!

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Here are two of my favorite, often-remembered pages:

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“Want to be a ticket taker? Want to be a pizza maker?”

Maybe you

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.

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Like one of the musical’s tag lines says: To change the world it takes a little genius.

And a little gumption, too!  😀

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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”!

Romantic Suspense author: Carol Post
Paranormal Romance author: Kay Hudson
Contemporary Romance author: Tamra Baumann
YA romance author: TL Sumner

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    Carol Post

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    Great post, Priscilla. What you say is so true – “It’s never too late try something different. To stretch our wings. To seek a path we’ve thought about, but never pursued.” I love that!

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      Priscilla Oliveras

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      Thanks for stopping by, Carol! Here’s to us finding more ways to challenge ourselves with new ideas and experiences! :-)

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    Kay Hudson

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    Excellent thoughts, Pris. And we came up with totally different posts under the same title. I don’t know the musical or the song, but in fact I do suck on starlight mints on the way to work (long commute), and I do go to bed late (although I’d rather not).

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      Priscilla Oliveras

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      Starlight mints… I’m not sure I’m familiar with those, Kay. I’ll have to Google to find out more.

      And I hear you about going to bed later than I’d like many nights! :-)

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    Tammy Bauamann

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    Wonderful post. I loved listening to that catchy tune again. And yes, I WILL be humming it on and off today! I was lucky to be raised by parents who told me I could do anything I put my mind too– even if it takes me a very long time to do it! LOL

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    Priscilla Oliveras

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    Tammy, it’s a blessing to have parents who are supportive and encouraging. Mine are the same and I give thanks for that!

    I figure if it takes a little longer, it’s because we’re perfecting our technique. That’s all. 😉

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    Tracy Brody

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    Yes, being a grown up is over-rated a lot of the time. There’s no magic age when you know it all, including what you want to do with your life. I graduated college, got a job, got married, had kids and at the grown up age of 40 decided I wanted to write. Then, like a naive kid, I started. Even inspired a friend to follow her dream of going to law school at age 42. More fun to skip stones than think life is set in stone.

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    Sharon Wray

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    Great post, Prisciall. I am always trying to tell myself I’m not too old to start a new career (writing) but some days it’s hard to remember that advice. Then I think about the woman who was in my brother-in-law’s vet class with a bunch of under 25 students. She was 73 when she’d finally finished raising her kids, grandkids, buried her husband, and decided to go to college. And at the age of 79 she was in Vet school! I often think of her and wonder how many years she had to live out her dream. Then again, even if she had one day, it’s more than many of us will ever get. And that usually gets me out of my funk and back at the computer!

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    TL Sumner

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    Pris, this is a fabulous post. I love that Dr. Seuss book, too, and the reminder that we’re never too old to try something new. :)

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    Pamela Kopfler

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    Great post, Pris. I still want to be the characters in books, movies, and plays. May I never grow up.

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