Life Lessons

"I was taught: Dream big, work hard and you could have whatever you wanted" --Kris Jenner

Dream big.  That's a wonderful thing to teach your children, a wonderful way to live. I have a feeling it means something different to Jenner than it does to me, though. To me, it means to look outside oneself and to dream of a better future for all, to dream of making a difference.

Work hard. Absolutely. Dreaming big without working hard is just a bunch of hot air. In order to make those big dreams a reality, you have to have a plan and then follow that plan, adjusting when you realize the plan needs adjustment.

Have whatever you want. I believe that the first two things, dreaming big and working hard, are cornerstones to having a good life (good as in meaningful). However, teaching your children that if they do the first two they can have the last is not a lesson I would teach my children. The reality is that you can do the first two but having whatever you want is not realistic. Setting our children up with the idea that they can have whatever they want is setting them up for unhappiness. The greater the distance between their ideal selves and their real selves, the unhappier they will be. Instead, we should teach them to dream big, work hard, and create a life that is meaningful to them and beneficial to others.

Dream big. Work hard. Play. Love yourself and others.  Share. Help others. (And break for ice cream).

on our way for an ice cream treat last night.

1 comment:

Stephanie said...

Wholeheartedly agree.