I want to be a great songwriter. I want to be a stellar mom. I want to be a consistent blogger with a strong following. I want to publish a book. I want to be the best elementary school teacher your kid has ever had. I want to be my own graphic designer for my business that I want to own. I want to have my own spot to write in a magazine. I want to live in New York and perform in musicals. I want to find something creative enough and original enough for others to notice it. I want to create something that makes a difference.
In our society, so many children are told, "You can be anything! You can do everything! There's nothing you can't achieve!" I believe this is true in many ways. It's not that I don't have the confidence to do something or achieve something. I know I can. It's just that sometimes you honestly don't have the time to do ALL of the things. You have to pick a major. Okay, check. And then you put all of this energy and effort into this major. You want to be doing it, but there are a lot of other things you hope to do, too.
I guess what I'm saying is sometimes it's hard to keep the "You can do anything and everything!" mentality when I'm focusing so much on a specific route. I know I could do some of the things on my list, but becoming an adult means deciding if I should. Does it fit with my life plan? (Don't tell me you don't have a life plan. Okay, maybe not word for word, you've got to allow for change and unexpected things, but come on. If you have chosen a major, you have some kind of life plan, and if you don't, then you should get one.) Will it be helpful to my career path? Will I someday be able to make a living with it? Do I have enough time to invest in it so that it will support me?
Being over halfway done with my degree, I'm happy with the path I've taken. But sometimes I wish there were more stops along the road for me to do some of those other things.