I started by asking them what they want to be when they grow up. Every one of them wanted to share. I had twenty minutes and twenty-four willing participants, so I didn't hear from everyone, but I was amazed at how many of them wanted to work in the sciences.
Then I told them what I wanted to be at their age. Here's a hint:
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Yep. I wanted to fly through the air on the trapeze. Of course, I explained, I never got a chance to do that (I have zip-lined, though). Then, I told them I, also, wanted to be a writer and a teacher at their age. I even showed them the book I wrote, illustrated, and "bound" when I was ten.
For fun, I brought in every journal that published one of my stories or essays. I was shocked, and a wee bit pleased, at the size of the stack. I realize many of you have larger stacks than me, but it made me feel good about my writing during a time when things have been a bit slower than normal. (More about that next week.)
So, my challenge to you: Volunteer to speak to your local school's students on Career Day. Let those artistic kids know their dreams are worth dreaming. Show them you don't have to be J. K. Rowling to succeed at writing. Or, if you're not a writer, share your career with them. These kids didn't know someone could do the things I do and get paid. They need to know about their options.
Just for fun, please comment below and tell me what you wanted to be when you were nine or ten years old. Are you doing it or doing something you didn't even know existed (corporate training, for example)?