You have brains in your head, you have feet in your shoes.
You can steer yourself any direction you choose.
You’re on your own and you know what you know,
And YOU are the one who’ll decide where you go . . .
Dr. Seuss [Theodor Geisel 1904-1991]
I had a talk with our Tour choir boys about what they wanted to be when they grow up. There were many answers of course, with lots of duplication’s among the boys: pro-athlete, fireman, astronaut, doctor, teacher, policeman, actor, minister, President and zoo keeper.
From there to here, and here to there . . . awesome things are everywhere!
Some of them were more creative and thoughtful in their hopes: serve in the military, video-game designer, become famous, choir director (my favorite), and a good Dad.
One boy even lamented that he just hoped that he lived long enough TO grow up – and then there was this one . . . when I grow up, I want to be a role model. Wow!
So, open your mouth boy; for every voice counts!
They all agreed, upon reflection, that this was a different world than their parents grew up in and that this is a difficult and scary world TO grow up in. How insightful and tragic!
I reminded them that no one defines them, except themselves. And we discussed at length, that sometimes you have to take some risks when you venture out with an idea or concept.
Like inventing the first mobile, cell phone and then re-defining that cell phone, as Steve Jobs did. Like finding cures for until then, incurable diseases. Like starting ‘GOOGLE’ or Facebook . . . even like starting a boys choir!
We all agreed, this group of 31, nine – thirteen year old boys, that you have to first try, to succeed . . . or fail! And that if you believe in something strong enough – to try, try again!
Pretty deep thinking from just a group of young boys, I think. Pretty hopeful too.
Today was good, today was fun . . . tomorrow is another one!