Tue. May 30th, 2023

27 thoughts on “Why “What do you want to become when you grow up?”-is a mind restricting question.

  1. True. This question is restrictive. I’ve heard you tell this story on how you decided on law. Madly funny??…many of us are victims of this question though.

  2. It was the same with me, I was asked what I want to become In future, My brother is on his path becoming and accountant, my sister on her path to becoming a doctor, I then decided to go for Law
    Now come to think of it this is not the type of restrictive bar I want to set for my Kids, I already plan that I cant have the mentality of our people I gat think outside the box.


  3. I can’t imagine how life would have been like if I actually studied medicine but I can imagine where I would have been I started to harness my God given abilities the moment I realized they were abilities instead of waiting till I’m grown . Children are often restricted to their parents decisions which should end!

  4. Honestly this is the first time I’ve had someone say exactly what I have been thinking about. The question is not the problem actually.i believe it’s the way of life.for the most part Nigerians put a lot of acknowledgement to some proffesions than others and always streamline their children’s thought to fit into what they want so in essence it’s more of what they want than what we want for ourselves.most times it works for the children and the other times we live the rest of our lives knowing that we could have been more and we didn’t.

  5. Wow, thank you for this Rejoice. True, you’re never too young to make a difference.
    Though, I think it is majorly restrictive to people who are sentimental and sometimes what you think you want to be as a child might actually be what you want to do for life. And I’d also like to say that if a person does not achieve what they wanted, you could still change it and dream again, you could still make a change… The only restrictions are the ones in our minds.♥️

  6. In as much as the question is restrictive, like you rightly said, it does gives one a sense of direction. Kudos for the post tho♥️♥️♥️

  7. Yea.This question is restrictive
    I never imagined a life outside a court room
    I was asked this same question back in grade 4 , What I want to become when I grow up? (LAW) I said . Because it’s a well to do profession in our society. I never thought of what else I could do ,when I got to grade 10 I realised I missed everything a new dream I had to become a writer.
    Because law was a good profession I didn’t try to find myself as a writer .
    In grade 11 that was when I discovered Writing will be best for me than law. But my dreams of standing in a court room limited me. After my grade 12 I applied for law in a university and also applied for English and creative writing .To the glory of God I was admitted to study English and creative writing and today am doing great in writing .

  8. Though the question seems limiting, it has been a source of direction over the years to the young. I was asked same question and the answer has been the propeller to whatever drive I have today. At least, no one has been chided for saying that he/she wanted to be more than one or two things noble. I have always wanted to be a lawyer at my early years, though have not give up on that, I have become so many things before it.

    1. Right, it gives a sense of direction to the child, but the structure limits the thinking of the child at an early stage, many grow up with the idea that there is one thing to become, but like yourself the choice of many is out of passion, thank you Mr Micheal for sharing ?

  9. The idea is not entirely restrictive as it has given direction and drive to many young minds, I inclusive. I have always wanted to be a lawyer and that’s the question that triggered in me lots of drives that have placed me among many careers but yet not giving up in law.

  10. Nice one?
    Growing up, I liked to watch lawyers on t.v. I liked their wig/gown. I consider the question restrictive, with our parents putting some profession as the best and law was one of them. So I will quickly reply “a lawyer” not knowing exactly if I was passionate about it. With my reply in mind it was gonna be law or nothing I didn’t see myself trying other things and developing new interest.
    Right now I’m interested in Athletics,Hair care?

  11. No doubt about the fact that this question gives a child a sense of direction, but it is restrictive for the fact that our parents made it dance around a few professions that they considered to be the most relevant. That is, doctors, lawyers, engineers and the likes. My parents were quite encouraging too when I showed interest in learning how to play musical instruments in primary school. My dad even paid for music classes which took place three times a week on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Those of us in this music classes will spend the several minutes we had for break under the tutelage of our music teacher back then. Even when school has closed, we will spend an hour as this was the time we could get the best out of the session. I learnt how to play the recorder and the piano back then. To top it up, my dad even bought me a piano and even got someone to still teach me. I still remember the things I learnt back then. Good times indeed. This is a lovely write up. I love the fact that you addressed the question “what do you want to become when you grow up.” For me, parents should allow their kids to discover their interests and encourage them to build on it. They shouldn’t streamline their thoughts into thinking that they must be either doctors, lawyers, engineers and the likes. My opinion though. Once again, this is a lovely write up. Well-done.

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