Being vs. Becoming

So much depends on perspective.

I was writing about being versus becoming the other day. People devote an important part of their lives to become someone, e.g. to learn a set of skills, acquire experience in a given profession. When we reach a certain age, being is no longer enough. Goals occupy our horizon. In a child’s mind, however, parents simply need to be who they are – “dad” or “mom”.

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It takes a while before children learn about getting [things]. It takes even longer before they learn about becoming someone.