In her kindergarten days, Caitlin's ambition included being a veterinarian, astronaut and rock drummer. Of late, she's been harping on becoming a zoologist and singer. She's always liked animals so the veterinarian and zoologist bits are not a surprise. She enjoys music too and in her early days of drumming, she had more passion for the instrument. Now that the lessons are getting harder and she has to take exams and realises she has to practise harder, her dreams of being a rock drummer has somewhat been put on hold.
However, she likes singing a lot too. She enjoys singing the songs she learnt at school and music lessons, and those we play in the car (and she sings them with deep, animated expression at times, and even dances along when she can!), Sometimes I'll accompany her on the piano and let her sing.
So now, she says she wants to be a singer, not any singer, but a singer in a band of her own. A Christian band, called The Singers of Christ... haha...I guess she loves singing all those lively and nice songs she learns from chapel lessons at school. She wants to play the guitar and sing in the band, so she says she wants to learn to play the guitar....Of course we told her she's still too young and her fingers are not ready for that instrument. Maybe when she's older we said. Actually I think she is old enough to learn, but we are certainly not going down the path of a third musical instrument looking at how stressful it is for ME to guide her in her drum and piano practises!
Out of curiosity, I started google-ing "how to form a band" and unsurprisingly, there are lots of tips online on how you can do that.
I think it is important to allow the child to dream and encourage them. We always tell her she can be anything she wants to be. She must however work hard at it to be successful. She must always try her best. Kids dream so freely, believing that anything is possible. Meanwhile, we adults who have experienced more setbacks and failures have become less daring in dreaming. That should not be the case in fact. People who chase their dreams can achieve them. What's stopping us most times are the excuses we tend to make, the fear of change, of making sacrifices, of failure, of embarrassment if things don't work out, and all the 'what ifs'. Sometimes our kids can teach and remind us of a thing or two. In this case, it's about having dreams and working to make them come true.
For inspiration and motivation, I turn to google again. We can get tons of quotes and sayings such as:
"If one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours."
~ Henry David Thoreau
"The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams."
~ Eleanor Roosevelt
And not forgetting Cinderella's song "A Dream is a Wish". Here's a modernised version by the Disney channel stars: