When you were 10, what did you want to be when you grew up? What are you now? Are the two connected ?
When I was 10 I never thought what or who I wanted to be when I grew up. At that age the only thing that gave me immense pleasure was waking up at 3 a.m and watch my mother make a different breakfast each morning.
Then almost unwillingly get the school bus at 6 a.m. I liked school but the burden of homework each day was wearing me down mentally and physically. It was as if I was born to be in school from sunrise to sunset and when I was back I had piles of homework to do, there was no time to play with my younger siblings.
On week-ends my siblings and I would take long walks in and around our neighborhood, it was sheer joy for me to play with my younger brothers.
My parents never talked about what I wanted to be, I was contented to keep that phase of my life silent. At twelve suddenly I faced the harshest reality, the passing of my father. The whole world changed for me, the thought We’d have to leave this wonderful place and move somewhere we didn’t know anything about came as a shock to all of us.
As they say our destiny is already, “Written”, and we have to accept it.
I started studying to complete my high school exam, and then college and university followed. I was like a ‘Robot’, studying to make myself useful with no particular aim. After completing my masters I started thinking about teaching, I enrolled in the education faculty.
After completing my education degree I applied for a job in the local school.
I never thought who I wanted to be at age 10, I knew the teaching profession is good for me, when I was 22 years old. To me age 10 was the time when you don’t take anything seriously, you enjoy life by having fun with siblings.