"For most children, childhood isn't about passion, but rather about exploration. Our job as parents is to nurture that exploration, not put an end to it. When we create an expectation that children must find their one true interest so early in life, we cut short a process of discovery that may easily take a lifetime."Agreed. Childhood is a time of exploring our world, our selves, our relationships, our abilities and more. It's a time to discover which branches on the tree are strong enough to hold us and which ones will break under our weight. A time for us to sample all of the dishes in the buffet we call life.
I disagree, however, with the assertion that 'passion' and this kind of free 'exploration' are mutually exclusive. I find the definition of passion used here, an obsessive focus on an activity or pursuit that is "deep, easy to articulate, well documented and makes him stand out from the crowd," falls short. Daily, I watch children exhibit passion in everything they do, from climbing on the playground to video-gaming to creating works of art with crayons and construction paper. Kids live life passionately, for them, exploration IS passion!
By Alyssa Kay