Parents always seem to have big, extravagant dreams for their children. We want them to grow up and be something great. I'd be lying if I said I haven't imagined what it would be like if my daughter was a famous singer or my son was a professional athlete. It's natural for us to dream about these things, and it's good to teach our children to strive for greatness. But I think we need to teach them that being normal or ordinary is great too. I'm sure that when I was little, my parents probably wondered if I would be famous or extremely accomplished at something (although, let's admit, it probably wasn't sports). But what I turned out to be is a wife, a mom, and a friend. That's it. Plain and ordinary and normal. But you know what? I'm perfectly happy with that! My life has meaning and purpose, and so many wonderful blessings. I may not be a world class musician or a famous actress or a CEO of a huge company, but that doesn't lessen my value or worth. *What you do* and *who you are* are vastly different things, and the latter is far more important. Being the best at something doesn't necessarily make life better, and being ordinary can be pretty darn fantastic. So encourage your babies to dream big, reach for the stars, and do their best. But make sure they know that being normal is just as good as being extraordinary, and it's what's inside that matters most of all.