Popular culture often tells kids, “You can be ANYthing you want to be.” But that is cruel to say to a 5’4 18 year old boy who yearns to be an NFL linebacker. As Timothy Keller puts it, “If you had been born in a yurt in Outer Mongolia, instead of where you were, it wouldn’t have mattered how hard you worked or used your talents–you would have ended up poor and powerless.”
Just think of the power your family background has on where you are today. I said I would never be like my parents. Guess what? I’m not JUST like them, but in many ways I am. And now that I think about it, in my case, that’s not so bad. Your family has shaped you more than you realize. Regardless, it’s just not fair to promise kids that they can be ANYTHING they set their mind to. I wouldn’t tell them they CAN’T do certain things but let’s not build false confidence and create more broken dreams.
Am I a cynic for posting this?