There were so many things you wanted to be when you were young, and in your little mind you always believed that you would and could be.  My little guy who is 16 now had to sit down when he was 5 and write a speech for his Montessori kindergarten graduation.  The topic was “When I grow up”.  This was something that was being done at school as a surprise for the parents and these essays were gonna be read by them at the graduation ceremony!

The Proud Grad

A week before the ceremony we were talking about general things and I told him he could be whatever he wanted to be. He very adamantly told me he could not as it has already been decided. I was really surprised and taken back by his statement. I said “What do you mean it’s already been decided?”. Then he proceeded to tell me that he had already written down what he was gonna be and he could not change it anymore as he had already turned in his essay to the kindergarten teacher and it was way too late!  I could only smile, hug him and marvel at the innocence.

He would be in his room, rehearsing and practicing and his speech and I had strict instructions that I could not enter his room.  So the graduation day finally arrived and as he stood among the 50 or so kids of his graduating class I wondered what he was gonna say.  Many kids got up there and they all wanted to be lawyers, engineers, scientists, there were even a few neurosurgeons (wow). I anxiously awaited my son’s turn, he got up there and said- “When I grow up, I want to be an Artist & a Chef”. I was so proud of him that he could get up there and be himself.  Years later he still has a lot of interest in cooking and  helps me in the kitchen all the time (except when there is basketball or football or golf or now even cricket on TV) 🙂 As an 8 year old he still loved to watch cooking shows and his eyes used to light up when he saw Indian American chefs on those shows..and would call out to me and say – “Mom, look they are making Masala Burgers”!! He was so excited when Aarti Sequeira won the Next Food Network Star, and had all kinds of questions when I showed him the article by Monica Bhide in the Food & Wine magazine on Chef Sanjeev Kapoor.

The only thing that gets in the way of us and our beliefs is US!! As we grow up, we are always told of what we can and can’t do and we start to measure everything based on those bench marks.  So go ahead and embrace the little 5 yr old in you again and remind yourself that you can be all that you want to be…and it’s not too late!!

In fact it’s never too late..I will end this blog with a short story about a beautiful lady I met at my gym several years ago.   She was in the pool every single day before my water aerobics class and would stay in the pool for hours.  One day I went up to her and asked her, “Are you training for something” and she said “I guess you can say I am training, I am learning how to swim..something I have always wanted to do”!! I looked at her and smiled in awe. Did I tell you that beautiful young lady was 95 yrs old? That right there tells us, It’s never too late!!

At 16 now, my son wants to be involved in politics and wants to go to Law School. But who knows where his dreams & beliefs will take him, but I do still hope to be sitting one day (maybe even in Washington DC) at a table on the opening night of his restaurant called FUZZY (even though people may tell him what a crazy name)!!! 

We all have TO BELIEVE!!

What did you want to be when you were 5?

Last Inspiring note: A poem written by my 10 yr old daughter(who is 20 now):


Mountains are like goals

You are determined to achieve,

You will not succeed

Unless you really do believe

Beaches are like rolling stones

Moving you towards your fears,

You will only succeed

If you rise above your tears

Mountains are like goals

Beaches are like rolling stones,

Yell in a mighty roar

Believing can make you soar


  • Ruchi G. Kalra

    Business Storyteller/Coach

    Dancing Raindrops Inc.

    Namaste & Welcome

    I am a spicy blend of Indian, African and American culture. I was born in India, brought up in Africa and came to the US to go to college.

    I have a BS in Math/Computer Science, an MBA in Marketing and 3/4 of a MS in Information systems. I have been married to my best friend who is the love of my life and my very own Bollywood hero I have two amazing kids aged 21 and 18 that make my life a wonderful experience

    I love to do my little bit to help the world in whatever way I can be it through volunteering, coordinating community initiatives, or working with my kid's organization they started in their early teens - Help Humanity Today. One of my other passions is telling stories through my writings and travels, if you get a chance check me out on @footprinttheworld on IG.  I am what I am today because of my parents and everything they have taught me. Those values and all this love keeps me grounded to this confusing yet beautiful and complicated world!

    I know that we add to our story each and every day and I do remember to count my blessings each and every single day.