What I Want to be in Life
Life is about striving. Everyone wants to aim to own something that gives us purpose and happiness. I believe it is important to reflect from time to time about our individual life’s purpose. Every time I reflect, I see that I mature and I succeed more with my plans. Whenever I reflect what I want to be in life, I examine the present roles I have and think about my desires. This paper will serve as a guide for my future plans. It will help me figure out how I can strive for purposeful goals with the current responsibilities that I have. It will be a key to keep me motivated and achieve high success.
The first role I want to examine is one as a student. As a student, I am striving hard to excel in my academics. I am hoping to get impressive grades so that I will be respected by my professors and peers. I also know through academic excellence I will be able to gain connections with the career path I have chosen. I want to accomplish receiving a BSN or Bachelor’s degree in nursing. I want to use my knowledge to help people in need of critical care. I believe good health is a priority for everyone and I have the heart to help others maintain it. I plan to do this by not only getting good grades but also by studying for my licensure. I will aim to top the NCLEX-PN so that my mind will not be set to failure.
I am a strong believer of aiming for high goals rather than getting loss in my self-doubts.
The next role I will reflect on is a family member. I want to make my family proud of me. They support my studies and work so I hope to make them happy. I currently support my family in small ways. I assist them with the family business whenever I can. I find time to take care of nieces and nephews. I also like spending weekends with my siblings and cousins. In the future, I want to give my first salary as a nurse to my parents. I want to show them that I have appreciated their love for me. I believe by continuing my studies and duties at home I can keep my family happy. I know that this goal keeps me motivated and strengthens me whenever life gets complicated. Therefore, I should always keep my family in mind with everything that I do.
The third role I want to review is as a community member. I believe one important aspect in total success is that a person should also be loyal with his home environment. I find that the people I admire most are generally good citizens to their hometowns and country. I want to contribute more to my neighborhood by volunteering at our local hospital. It will not only help me gain experience for my nursing career but it will also make me become more prominent in addressing the community needs. I find that I can help my neighbors overcome the struggles they face in critical crisis and I want to begin my advocacy as soon as I can. I believe that being a good neighbor is essential to having a peaceful home and a more purposeful day.
There are several desires that I strive for in life. I can see now there are many steps I have to take to achieve success. I believe finding purpose and happiness may be hard. But I also believe by keeping my goals in mind and having good reflections on them success can be realized. I will always use this paper as a reminder of my ambitions to maintain my passions.
+ By Emma Mudan Harrigan Campbell
Over the course of eight years, I have switched career paths constantly. My first idea was to become a singer, then a dancer, and then an actor—maybe even all three at once. I liked how people would occasionally compliment me on my voice when I sang, and I figured why stop there?
I wanted to become someone great, someone who changed the world; mainly through theatrics. Then I switched to a more political standpoint and thought about being a lawyer. My mother said I would make a good lawyer since I manage to avoid questions by not directly answering them.
Today, I aspire to be a writer, any sort of writer—an author, a journalist, a blogger, anything. This was the doing of my third grade teacher, who read a short story I wrote out loud and said, “If this girl doesn’t become a writer, I don’t know who will.” The underlying connection between all of these jobs is that someone else told me I could be them. That I would be “good” at singing, or a “talented” writer. But, the idea of choosing something based on what other people say doesn’t appeal to me. Yes, I want to be a writer, but is it for the right reason?
“Do what you love, love what you do.” I found this quote while trying to break my writer’s block for an English essay. It may be cheesy and overused, but I think there is more importance to it than just a saying on a hand towel. When most people read this, the first thing they think of is their career. Why is that? I think it is because we automatically correlate the verbs “do” and “be” with a job. When someone asks, “What do you want to be?” People tend to say their future or current career choice. I have never heard someone respond with an emotion or a nontangible idea.
Pondering this, I found my answer for what I want to be when I grow up. Instead of choosing a potential job that will change time and time again, I need a long-term plan. In the course of one lifetime, I want to be happy. Realizing this, the question, “What do you want to be?” might not provide the correct platform for my answer, “I want to be happy.” Maybe the appropriate question for this answer is, “How do you want to exist?” When I “grow up” I want to exist happily. Although it sounds simple, I can imagine it probably won’t be as easy to carry out. There will be highs and, there will be lows. I plan to take on the lows with a smile as my sword, and with the knowledge that I will make it out alive. Maybe I will become a writer, or maybe I won’t. Whatever I choose career wise, I know it will be because I am happy doing it.
About the Writer: Emma is 13 years old and lives in Annapolis.