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Sunday, September 10, 2006

Career Discussion

Can you recall your childhood ambition? You know....the auto-replies that you responded when adults asked the typical question of "What do you want to be when you grow up?". Zaman ibu kecik-kecik dulu, seingat ibu lah... the typical answers would include; doctor, lawyer, cikgu, polis, askar, nurse ( or was it 'misi'?). Yg a bit more imaginative and creative would include; princess, penyanyi, cikgu silat. Ibu dulu nak jadi.... err... hehehehe, bak kata Siti, " biarlah rahsia...."

Ibu: Dah besar nanti Ameer nak jadi apa?
Ameer: Ameer nak jadi GHOBOT !
Ibu: GHOBOT? Rrrrrr...RO-BOT ke?
Ameer: Ah, betul! GHO-BOT !
Ibu: Hmmm.... kenapa Ameer nak jadi robot?
Ameer: Sebab Ameer nak tangkap orang jahat. Ameer nak tembak dog!
Ibu: Hah? Nak tembak dog? kenapa!?
Ameer: Sebab dog naughty boy!! Haritu dog gigit abang Idin. Kesian Abang Idin. Bila Ameer jadi GHOBOT, Ameer nak tangkap dog!
Ibu: Ye ker? Macam mana Ameer nak jadi robot?
Ameer: Arr.... Nanti kan, Ameer pegi sekolah GHOBOT. Sekolah yang ajar ABC macam mana nak jadi GHOBOT.
Ibu: Ohhh... ada sekolah robot ke?
Ameer: Ada. Ibu, ibu! Boleh tak Ameer jadi GHOBOT?
Ibu: (terdiam. apa nak jawab ni eh?)

Ibu termenung sejenak. Instant thought was, the obvious influence of tv, comics & cartoons on children's mind! Dreadful isn't it?

But then again, on further reflection... exploring the other half of the invisible picture, I could trace the sentiments of good vs evil, the innate desire to protect your loved ones, the pursuit of knowledge towards achieving ambition. Hmmmm...that's not bad at all for a 2 and a half year old.

And, hey! My son seeking my blessing for his future! How sweet....

Ibu: Emmm....boleh!
Ameer: Yeah! Yeah! TQ. Good girl ibu.

Aik!?! Good girl ibu? Ibu pulak yang dapat positive reinforcement? hehe. This time it was my turn smiling from ear to ear.

My steer to you, my boys - follow your heart and your mind. Not just your brain. Which road to take depends on where you want to go. Kita ni khalifah di bumi Allah. Pohon petunjuk dan hidayah agar jalan yang kita pilih diredhaiNYA, untuk kebahagian dunia dan akhirat.

When you have a sense of your own identity and a vision of where you want to go in your life, you then have the basis for reaching out to the world and going after your dreams for a better life. Live out your imagination. Dream big. Live fully.