Ask a classroom full of six-year-olds what they want to be. Their answers are filled with the dreamy optimism of young hearts. To hear them tell it, their class will someday be filled with professional athletes, astronauts, rock stars, and presidents.
I doubt there are many tiny visionaries who see themselves as future insurance agents or call-centre operators. Yet, most of them will wind up in ordinary jobs, driving ordinary cars, doing ordinary life stuff. In fact, most of them will live the majority of their lives in relative obscurity, influencing only a small circle of people during their lifetime.
I remember when my husband Chad and I first discussed marriage. During our long-distance romance, we fired passionate emails back and forth for the months leading up to our wedding, promising each other that we would be anything but ordinary, daring each other to be different from the rest of the world.