What does it mean to dream big? Ask a kid and an adult, and you’re bound to get wildly different answers. Adults, while more rational (by and large), tend to moderate the scope of their dreams and ambitions. They want to sound reasonable. Kids are often more comfortable talking about becoming astronauts. It’s an enviable imaginative capacity that adults envy and think is adorable and all to often ignore as the stuff of childhood.
A new Sesame Street video campaign that launched today, which promotes the Global Citizen: Movement Makers Summit, highlights the dreams of children from around the world and muppets mostly from New York. And it’s just goddamn great. The international cast of girls and boys confidently tell viewers exactly what they want to do when they’re older.
“Someday I’m gonna be an astronaut,” one girl shares. “Then I can go up the moon and see what it’s like up there.”
“A ballet dancer,” a boy says with conviction.
“I want to be a neurosurgeon because they help people in the community and the world,” says a girl, who seems like she’s probably going to be a neurosurgeon.
While the video, a collaboration between Sesame Workshop, Sesame Street’s educational nonprofit, and Procter & Gamble, aims to encourage children to actively dream big, it’s pretty inspiring to watch from an adult perspective, and for good reason. Workers today are switching jobs over the course of their careers more and more – even up to 15 times – often trying to find greater fulfillment in their professional life. Yes, these moves tend to be for very practical, advantageous reasons. But it’s no wonder thinking about employment in the limitless way a kid does makes a person so excited.