What I want to be when I grow up (feat. Beyonce)

I had a conversation with a friend the other day that started with me saying “I just want to live three separate lives at the same time.” Okay, maybe it wasn’t a conversation. All my friend said in response was, “please elaborate [you freak].” (The “you freak” was implied). This is what I said:

I am a fourth year university student, with absolutely no clue what I want to do when I get out of here. Well, I do have a clue. Actually, I know of around ten things that I want to do, but I’m not sure I can get them all done.

When you’re young, people ask what you want to be when you grow up and they expect one answer from each person. When I was a kid, my answer was to be a painter. Hey, at least I didn’t say “princess.” That’s way too much work.

If you were to ask me now what I want to be when I grow up, I would give you these answers:

  • Social entrepreneur

  • Entrepreneur focused on tech, with no social element

  • Traveller

  • Documentarian

  • Marketer, focusing on video advertisements

  • Marketer, focusing on experience design

  • Beyonce. (I’m pretty lenient on this one).

I know what you’re thinking, “why doesn’t she just become a marketer that focuses on video/storytelling and experience advertising for social enterprises and tech-based companies in different cities, and maybe, like, perform at the Superbowl, or something?”

Or, my favourite “Just choose one or two.”

Those bullets don’t stand for ‘or’, they stand for ‘AND.’

Will I have time to do all of these though? Maybe not, but i’m going to give it one hell of a try.

For example, some people can take a year to read a book, while others may take a night to read the same book. It’s the same with everything in life. If you’re focused, you can move mountains, or at least read a book in one night, or have multiple careers in one lifetime.

What i’m trying to say is, don’t quit while you’re ahead. Write out what you want to do with your life, stay focused, and get ‘er done.

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