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Here are Harvey’s choices for future careers – secret agent, policeman, tattooist or a maths teacher at university!  Totally random; totally Harvey!

As I was growing up I was  going to have a career in the arts. Some sort of a designer in maybe interior design or textile design or I was contemplating a career as the curator of an art gallery or museum.

But at 17 I read a book that changed everything, it was about the lives of drug addicts and street-sleepers. I opted out of my A levels and decided that life was too short to not live it to help others. This was the best decision of my life and has led me on a journey around the world working in all sorts of areas ranging from a preschool for children with cerebral palsy to homeless shelters and the parenting sector.

As I look about Harvey’s list, whilst I appreciate that he is only 6, I can’t help but wonder what he will end up doing as a job. I know as his dad its part of my role to support him as he develops and that over the years I need to help him acquire the skills he needs to fulfil his dreams including his dream job but If I’m honest I’m not to bothered about what he choose to become in life; If he’s policeman, a teacher, works for M15 or becomes a tattoo artist it’s all fine by me as long as he is happy and confident.  You see my dream for my boys, unlike many of my peers isn’t based around jobs, financial security or material possessions. I have bigger dreams for them, my dream is that they carry with them an internal confidence that is rooted in being happy and content with who they are not what they do or how the world says they need to live.

So Harvey, be whatever you want to be my son, because your job is only a fraction of who you are, it is not the definition of you; that is something you create within yourself. 

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