Growing up


Growing up, you’re constantly asked the same question, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” The answer is always changing as we get older and discover new things. Even though college is nearing, I still have not made the decision as to what I want to become in my future.

When you’re 5, they ask you this question, and you tell them you want to be a superhero or a fairy. A few years later, they ask you when you’re 10 and your answer is something like a firefighter or a police officer. I’m 17 now, and when it comes to planning my future, I cannot make a decision. As we become older, we see a world full of opportunities and multiple roads we can choose to go down. The hard part is, choosing what career suits you and makes you happy. Doctor, lawyer, teacher, writer, and so many more options, how do I ever choose just one?

Everyone thinks teenagers are the only ones who have no clue what they want to do, but adults sometimes are in the same predicament. Like my Uncle Michael always tells me, “Baby, I’m grown and I still don’t know what I wanna be.” My family has taught me to always do what makes me happy, but what if there are multiple different things that I could be happy with doing? You could be like a few of my friends, who have everything figured out for themselves; or you could be like me, absolutely struggling to figure it out.

My future is unfolding faster than I could have ever imagined. I have 8 months left of high school, and then I go into the real world. I may be struggling figuring out what I want to do, but the real question is: who isn’t?