Contrary to that one song that was popular a few years ago, I never wanted to be famous, drive a nice car (maybe a really nice bicycle), or be in movies. When I was a kid, I wanted to be an astronaut. Attending Space Camp was one of the most unique experiences of my youth. In middle school, I went through a lawyer phase. Any other youth court kids out there?
The strangest career that caught my fancy was in the entertainment industry. Specifically, I wanted to be a clown. My Mom once asked me why I was set on such a profession. All I could say at the innocent age of five was, “clowns make people happy.”
Now that I’m a twenty-something with a couple of degrees under my belt, I am not an astronaut, a lawyer, and, despite my killer juggling skills, I am no clown.
When I grow up, I want to be happy. And I want to make people happy too. My only game plan over the next few years is to foster relationships and try new experiences every opportunity I get. Yes, the unknown can be terrifying. What I've learned over the years is the importance of being open to change and maintaining faith that I'll eventually figure things out.