What are you going to be?

November 23, 2011
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I remember career day back in my old elementary school. The teacher told us to pick our future career and to come in dressed up. There were firefighters, astronauts, and doctors as far as the eye could see. My career choice back then was to be a veterinarian, like so many of many fellow classmates. Yet as I got older, the answer to the career choice got harder and harder. My future career changed throughout middle school and through high school. Even now when asked about my future, I have no reply.
Right now I am at the point when I’m supposed to have a decisive goal and objective for the rest of my life. Although countless amounts of students have made this choice before me, it is not an easy one. It is difficult to imagine myself in the future because I cannot predict what the future will hold. I am only 17 years old. I have not experienced the world yet.
I have lived in my “safety bubble” for 17 years, my friends and family to guide me through tough choices and issues. But this choice is not something I can ask them to do. I know about the world its problems and difficulties, but that is not the same as experiencing it for myself. I do not know what I will be in the future but, I have an idea. I want to take this idea and mold it to my surroundings. I want to face the world head on with this idea and see where it will take me. Whether the outcome is failure or success, I don’t know. If failure is my result than I will adapt my idea for another attempt. I will mold and bend to the world but not break. This tactic is not perfect but it will help define myself and find my place in the world. So the next time someone asks “What are you going to be”, my answer is simple. “Let’s just wait and see.”

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