These days it seems as if there are just too many options. Kids grow up with the idea that anything can be theirs if they want it badly enough. As a result, they become overwhelmed. Be a lawyer, be a judge? Be a doctor, be a drug dealer? The Tsunami of choices drowns them in indecision and as a result, kids want to try everything once.
My generation, Generation X, was the first generation without limits. Many of us took that freedom and ran with it; if we only live once then why not do it all, see it all, live it all. That’s what the message was telling us, wasn’t it? Be all that you can be? It wasn’t until too late that we realized what we missed.
In the years of living out our choices, the slow and steady tortoise had passed us by. Those who had made one choice and followed it through day after day, week after week, year after year, were now firmly established – while we, the option takers, the choice jumpers, the only live oncers, were still chasing the cornucopia of options that had once been on the table. Funny thing was, as age crept up on us, our table choices dwindled.
The message therefore is this, the new generation should be not be told that the world is theirs for the taking. It’s too much for most young minds to absorb and from the teenagers I know today, these kids are immobilized. Even more than my generation, the multitude of options before them has created an overload. Worse yet, many mistakenly believe that whatever it is that they do, it needs to be famous because real success means having your picture in the paper.
Help your children narrow the playing field. Get involved at a young age with where their interests lie and promote choice in that field. Help them know what they want to do so that they can go after if whole-heartedly. Teach them that they can catch that tiger by the toe. Eeny Meeny Miney Moe.