Will all unschoolers do amazing things? If you do some googling, you’ll find many stories of young unschoolers doing extraordinary things. You might think that every unschooler has a guaranteed amazing future. But what if it doesn’t turn out that way for your kids? Will you think you have failed? Will you wonder if you did something wrong?
I have a few unschoolers who are hoping to do amazing things. In particular, my daughters Imogen and Sophie have big dreams. Imogen is a passionate singer and pianist and is looking for success as an online musician. Sophie wants to have a career as a videographer and photographer. My daughters talk about fulfilling their dreams together. Already, you can see their work on Imogen’s Youtube channel. Yes, the girls are out there working in the public eye. And who knows? One day maybe someone will look at them and say, “Unschoolers do amazing things.”
But I don’t think unschooling necessarily means our kids are going to become famous singers or young entrepreneurs or international sports stars or bestseller authors or big name fashion designers with their own line of clothing. Some unschoolers are going to have more ordinary looking lives. However, they are still going to be doing amazing things as they make their mark in the world. They’re just going to do it in a quiet way.
Not all my children are doing visibly extraordinary things. For example, my eldest son has an ‘average’ type job. He isn’t making big waves. But this doesn’t mean he isn’t amazing. No, I think he is a very special person indeed. I say to him, “Go out there and make a difference!” And he does. He uses the talents he has been given to change the lives of all the people he comes into contact with.
I think it’s important that we tell our less showy kids that they’re amazing, that they have talents, that they’re making a difference to the world. Sometimes they might compare themselves to other more seemingly amazing people. Do they feel they’re not very special? That they aren’t doing anything of importance? Perhaps we need to remind them they are indeed unique people with a unique mission.
Sometimes we might not feel very amazing either. We look around, compare ourselves to others, especially those who are working in a similar field to us and say, “There are far more talented and successful people out there than me. Why should I bother?” We give up. But we shouldn’t because, like our kids, we are all unique human beings. Each of us has special talents. We have unique voices and we should use them. How else are we going to change the world?
Will all unschoolers do amazing things? I talk about this question (and a lot more) in this week’s video. I hope you’ll watch!
Sophie‘s blog post: We’ve Come a Long Way
I like knowing my sister Imogen needs me. That no one else can do the job that I’m doing. Though other people could film a music video for Imogen, it would never turn out the same as mine. And that feels amazing!