“To be or not to be,” we ask ourselves. In the United States, today, we may change our answer often. Perhaps this is due to the power of the response, “I am.” Is that not the America dream, to be able to answer, “I am,” as you wish?
Across the pond, in Spain, reinvention, even creation, occurs less. But in Spanish, you always have a choice in your response. “Yo soy,” carries a permanence compared to “Yo estoy,” signifying a moment in time. It is the former, ser, to be, however, that is used to declare one’s career. “Yo soy professora,” is how they taught me to say I am (a) teacher.
“What do you want to be when you grow up?” is a common question for most young students in the U.S. “What is your name? Where are you from? What do you do?” are the questions I am asked almost daily as an adult expatriate on the Iberian Peninsula.
It is time we change the question. Wouldn’t it be a much more interesting conversation to answer, “What do you want to be able to do?” Such a question begs opportunity.
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