I had a dream and it went a lil’ something like this…
So from a young age, people liked to ask this question, “What do you wanna be when you grow up?”
When we were 5, a budding young little something, maybe we’d say things like, “An astronaut!” “”Race car driver!” “Spiderman!” “A nun!”
When we were 10, we begin to uncover our strengths and weaknesses, our likes and dislikes and along with that, our aspirstions became more specific to our interests like, “Soccer player!” “A movie star!” “A singer!”
And then came 16, the age of self discovery and also the peak of our adolescence. We begin to realise that there is such a definition as ‘true friends’ and that yes, it is possible to be loved and to love in return. Unintentionally, our aspirations may be shaped by the people around us who matter like, “A teacher!’ “An entertainer! “A doctor!”
And then came 21, the cosmic transition from total and utter dependence to one of independence and we begin to realise, “I’ve no idea what I want to be.” Thanks brain, the time where I actually HAVE the ability to make a difference, a choice to shape my life and I find myself clueless, confused even about life and what I want with mine.
Some people say, that we allow experiences to shape who we are while others say, that we find experiences to define who we want to be. I’m from both schools of thought!
Because I believe that aspirations are more than just a list of things I’ve not yet been. Rather, they are reflections of our growth in various stages of our lives.
While we were younger and more unaware, we allow circumstances to reveal to us things about ourselves that we never knew. But as we grew older, we learnt that not everything in life is served to us on a silver platter and we begin to seize every opportunity we’ve been given! Be it overseas excursions, leadership appointments, BGR and whatever else.
If there’s anything I’ve learnt from the time I’ve been in NS, is to be patient. Self discovery or in other terms, growing up is not a quick an easy process. Many times its going to be painful, not only for yourself, but some times in your attempt to ‘figure’ things out you may end up hurting those who are closest to you. However, the solution is not to avoid the obstacles that come your way but rather, to embrace them with open arms and to overcome them!
Whatever it is, don’t give up on yourself, your family and your friends and whatever you do, do nothing that you will regret for the rest of your life. Live happy, live positive and enjoy the process of finding… you!