What do you want to be?

Many people shrug and say “I don’t know” when asked, “What do you want to be when you grow up?”. However when I was younger, I was so confident and did not even hesitate with the bold answer of wanting to be a flower! I never understood why so many people laughed.

A better question in my opinion is “Who do you want to be when you grow up?”, what kind of good characteristics can you build and maintain in the environment you choose to be in. But so much about living in the 21st century is dependent on material objects. You are what you eat. You are what you think. You are what you do. You. You. You. You.

My mother always said to do something that helped other people, she always hoped I would be a doctor or involved in healthcare in some way. People will always be sick and it is always good to have a doctor in the family. To which I feel would be a horrible idea, as I would probably do more harm than good to people.

My family moved to the states from Poland and want the best for me and my older sister, not to struggle like they did, to have a respected education. They both worked hard towards their Master’s degrees in Poland, and receive no recognition for it here.

I just finished my first year at a public 4-year university in the state of Washington. Sounds practical, right? Well, what if what sounds good on paper is not what is best? I am taking this summer break to discover what I really want out of life and my education.

I want to be a designer.