+ 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.
My Future Life Essay
There could be many things that can happen after graduation. For only god knows what it in stored for us. As if anyone can have plans for the future? But as must people know plains get kind of changed. For right now I have a plain for the next five years after graduating from high school. First off I’m going to sign up for the navy and talk to people about what I’m going to do and see what they will recommend to me. What I really want to do is be in law informant in the Navy. I will have the difficult time telling the rest of my family for I want to keep it more of a secret from my family. My parents know and my close cousins also know. I will Hopefully- that summer I have enough money to go on a cruse with Dani my best friend. So I will know what a boat feels like. I started saving for this for about a month now. Hopefully be sent off after my birthday but that more of wish not demand. The plain is that I will love the navy the first four years that I signed up for and the resign for the navy. Then stay till I’m retired and then go into something to do with a cope and by then I have all the schooling from the navy and I will be able to just go into something until I can retire from that as well. I know and realize that sometimes things don’t work out the way you want them to. I could ether end up dead before the four years end, or I hate were I am and get out after the four years that I sigh up for. If that’s the case then I will go home and try to find a man and look at collages I can go to. This is just a plain that could blow up at anytime.
My plain for when I’m thirty-five years old. Hmm I would have to say that is a tuff one there could be many ways to this. I hope I have a husband by this point. Also would hope to have children by then. Witch all of that is just one scenario that could possibly happen. The second scenario would be I’m just now retiring from the Navy I have a husband and when I get home, try to have children. I also hope that my children will fallow in my footsteps and believe in god. Witch I will not make them believe but they will go to church until there 16 and then they can chose what they want to do, which I am hoping that the will do the right thing. I have high hopes for my future children. I think this is this first time I ever thought of children. All I know is they will be important in my life and I will have three or four. There is even a third and worst scenario I die in the Navy witch is a risk I can take, to do what I feel is the best for me and it’s something have dreamed about for years. If the navy did faille then I hope to have my second dream job witch is be in the S.V.U., which is special victims unite in the FBI. Which most likely I will be the head guy witch is the captain that tells people what to do and makes sure things get done the right way. I also hope I have my dream house; witch is a big blue house with an upstairs. For I hope that I have a big yard to have a garden and have dogs that will...
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