Can you remember what you wanted to be when you grew up?
In my case I desperately wanted to be a cameraman for the BBC, specifically working on ‘Blue Peter’, my favourite children’s television programme.
I used to think this would be my idea of heaven.
It’s funny. When you’re a kid, everyone encourages you to want to be something you’re not.
I guess it’s what you’d call ambition, or having goals.
And there’s nothing wrong with those.
They give you something to aim for, something to look forward to, after all.
But I wonder if there also comes a time when it actually makes sense to stop trying to be someone else?
To accept who you are?
To a pretty great extent, you are who you are.
Like everyone, you can change some things about yourself.
And a few people do change radically.
But I suspect they’re in the minority.
On the whole, however, your main building blocks are probably pretty firmly set in place by now.
So instead of focusing on the things you’re maybe not so good at, doesn’t it make more sense to be proud of your unique strengths?
We’re all different.
We each have our own talents, our own special abilities.
And today’s the day to remind yourself of yours.