When asked the other day what Ben wanted to be when he was a grownup, he replied, “A rockstar.” Clearly the kids got moves already. “Oh, and a runner,” he added.
I love that we are who we are from the time we are born. There are ways that Ben has been Ben all along… He has always been high energy (kicking his legs and flapping his arms wildly in his baby Bjorn) always averse to food with actual calories, preferring celery and pickles and dry burned toast. He has always been charismatic and lit up from the inside— a real sparkler from day one. In a world where Ben is a sprinter, music is the only thing that can stop him in his tracks. Music and water ground him. The rest of the time we take him to the junior high school track near our house and let him loose running laps.
We asked our students in Mondo Beyondo today what dreams they had when they were ten years old. For most of us, those dreams match our spirit the most. The desire to be a Solid Gold dancer, to write a novel, to heal people. It’s all wired up in us from the beginning.
The trick is to have the courage to believe that whatever you thought was possible then is still possible now.
That those dreams from your ten year old self are still there to show you the way, to call you into being the most alive version of you possible.