When we are in Kindergarten, we are often asked what we want to be when we grow up. I said I wanted to be a painter just like my mom. 

Now when you ask me what I want to be when I graduate, or “grow up”, I don’t have an answer. I have a desire to run my own business, but I feel as though I should have a backup plan just in case. This is why I don’t have a straightforward answer, but another reason is because I want to do so much.

It is often said “the world is our oyster” and that we can do anything we want, but we can’t do everything we want. Is this “but” because we may not have the money to do it all? Is it because we don’t have the time to do it all? Is it because some of our ideas seem so far fetched that it’s too scary or unlikely they will ever come true?


But why does this stop us from trying? It’s because of these excuses we make. Fear is a huge barrier in our lives, but it’s not going to stop me from trying to become the next Steve Jobs, and move to a huge city, and start a nonprofit, and do anything else I become passionate about.

I don’t know about you, but I would be pretty damn mad at myself if I grew up knowing I didn’t even try to accomplish these goals. 

This doesn’t mean your goals and dreams don’t change over the years, I mean I don’t want to be a painter anymore, but I do want to be an artist to some extent. 

I could add some cheesy quote and say “Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you’ll land among the stars”, but it’s a lot more complicated than that. Instead, I’ll leave you with a much deeper quote and say “JUST DO IT”.

Emily BartlettComment