Paul Foreman // http://www.mindmapinspiration.com
For most of my life I’ve witnessed family and friends create outlines for their lives. They drew out a plan and years later today–they’re achieving it.
And that really annoyed me.
Annoyed me not in the sense that I was tired of listening to my cousin’s quest to med school or my sister’s loud squeals whenever she got an A on her pharmacy exam–but I guess I was jealous. Jealous that everyone was able to find something that they deeply loved and made a career and goal out of it.
I remember going out to restaurants with my soon-to-be pharmacist of a sister and her soon-to-be doctor of a boyfriend. All was going great until their conversation kicked in. They were discussing medicine. They were talking about the concept of diverging lenses from their physics class. Soon enough, we saw someone coughing with a rash on their face sitting near our table and my sister started listing all these medications that would fix their condition.
I meant it, she listed ALL of them. For all I knew, she was either speaking gibberish or listing names from Greek Mythology.
Anyways, as you can see–what a wild Friday night we had.
I would always roll my eyes and sleep through these conversations. My sister would constantly and still constantly go on and on about medicine and how she dreams of the day she graduates pharmacy school to finally work behind those pharmacy sections they have in most convenience stores.
Big whoop. You get to stand behind a counter of a Walmart and hand people old paper bags with a tiny bottle inside. Such an adventurous job.
But five years later, being a junior in high school and still deciding what I want to do with my life, I feel utterly stupid for the years of eye-rolling and feeling pity for my sister that she chose to follow what I believed was a boring path. I was definitely wrong.
And so, I want to be a pharmacist…Not really, but I want to be something that make me wake up everyday with a smile on my face. I want to be so passionate and knowledgeable on my career that I come home with A’s on all my exams. I want to be able to list all the facts and great things about my job too, to show that I love what I do so much that I’m going to share it to the world.
So, I may not want to actually become a pharmacist (or anything relating to science in that matter) but I want to be like my sister. And I realize that everyone is different. Took me a long time to realize that–that everyone’s not gonna grow up knowing what they are going to do with their life right out of middle school, high school, college, or whatever the case may be. We’ll see how everything goes because for now, I’m going to live my life and gradually create a plan that I can call my own.