What if your child is obsessed with something that you don’t approve of?
And so you divert them away from it because you believe it’s a waste of time - or it
doesn’t suit current or traditional thinking - or it doesn’t suit you to help them pursue it. You may feel judged by other parents around you because of their hobby or
But what if that hobby or obsession was the key to their life’s purpose? What if they were a pioneer? What if it takes them 40 years to get back to the suppressed part of themselves and what if they never get back?
Did this happen to you? Are you allowing it to happen to someone else?
I discussed this idea with my husband James this and he made a very valid
point - in New Zealand if that obsession was rugby – a parent might drive that child
all over the country. Many do.
Maybe your child's obsession doesn’t suit you - but what are the broader implications or opportunities for your child in this expanding world? Their job description may not have been invented yet.
Alexander Graham Bell, Thomas Edison, Walt Disney, Steve Jobs and many other people were probably considered to be 'obsessed. I’m sure we are all grateful for that.
And we are all communicating in this forum because of their work. Thank God for obsessed nerds' and people we don’t understand pursuing their dreams to fruition.
When I was a child, there wasn’t a name for the work I do now. So please don’t try to put anyone in a box - we all have time for that later.
Live the fullest expression of who you are and allow others to do the same regardless
of how young or old they are.
Meeting them may turn out to be the biggest privilege of your life.