A butcher, baker or a ...
Most boys wanted to be either a policeman or a fireman in any case. For the girls it was slightly easier in that we either wanted to ride horses for a living or marry a prince! Tall order indeed.
Only when we were halfway through our school years, did we perhaps change our employment allegiance towards better jobs such as a trade, working for the government or maybe teaching. But we were proud of these choices and what is more, so were our parents.
The odd lot who were blessed with enough brain power to make it to the hallowed halls of university, were admired but not so much envied. Good for them, was the general consensus and of course they did miss out on a lot of everyday adventures and fun we had.
Fast forward to now, and everyone wants to go to university, and those who don't want to go, get pushed in by parental decree and sadly with pressure being applied for some from Kindergarten onwards... Not for the excitement of learning select academic marvels, but mostly for the ability to afterwards be able to earn a lot of money. Money seems to be the catch phrase of the moment. Money and what it can provide for one.
Don't get me wrong, I admire those who've gone on to study and perhaps conquer their chosen world but that doesn't mean that there is anything missing in normal life, if one hasn't done the same.
The pressure on kids these days to create a career that will provide them oodles of dosh, is the main thread in this tapestry of consumerism. Think about it...why is the need for oodles of money so great? Well, advertisers shows us that only when we own a luxury home, go on exotic vacations and drive the latest vehicle ( while of course holding a smartphone ), will we be happy and more importantly get our Soul Mate.
Isn't it about time that as a society we return to the ideal of yesteryear?
- Having a home, an ordinary home, is ample enough.
- Having a job that fulfills you is wonderful.
- Having enough time in the day to spend with your family is vital.
- Living a life without the latest gadgets, fashion and luxuries makes you the same decent human being as those who have all the mod cons.
The secret to being happy with the ordinary and not always wanting what everyone else has, is that even on a normal job you can live a great life and more likely than not, without the stressful spectre of having huge financial debts to pay off.