While waiting in the drive through line at Starbucks this morning, I noticed a man helping his small son out of the back of his SUV. When the little boy emerged, he was wearing a full astronaut suit, complete with the most realistic helmet complete with tinted visor I’ve ever seen.
I gave the young astronaut a thumbs up, and his dad looked at me and shrugged, suggesting he had no idea what possessed his son to dress up like a space man today.
What were you possessed to do differently when you work up today?
I admire that kid’s sense of possibility. When you are that age, any day can be an adventure, and you can choose whatever you want to be.
What happens to us in the intervening years between youth and adulthood is routine. We get in habits, some good, some bad, and our routine become relatively fixed.
Rarely–actually never–do I wake up and say, today I’m going to be an astronaut. It would be particularly odd to see an adult dressed that way going into Starbucks. Of course that’s not my point.
What I learned today is to revisit my sense of possibility more often. To continue to be a responsible adult but not bounded by a rare re-examined routine.
While we might not have the opportunity to be anything we want when we wake up each day, we do have the opportunity to do something different, learn something new and have a little bit more fun.
Or as Buzz Lightyear might say, “To infinity and beyond.”
Mark Sanborn is motivational keynote speaker and Leadership Expert in Residence at High Point University, the Premier Life Skills University. He teaches leaders and teams how to be extraordinary. For more information about his work, visit www.marksanborn.com.