I am at that confusing stage of my life when I need to make decisions about my career and what I want to do after college. It’s not confusing for everybody, some people have their life clearly mapped out and know exactly what they want to do. This is something that I really admire about humans, some of us are just wandering around from one place to the other without any direction whatsoever and some have their tracks carefully laid out.
As a kid, I always wanted to grow up to become a somebody. A somebody in my dictionary meant someone very important known and loved by everybody. I didn’t know exactly what they did but just that everybody loved them. As the years passed, I kept changing my dream but the notion of becoming a ‘somebody’ didn’t really change. A dancer, astronaut, singer, actor, novelist, filmmaker, cartoonist, teacher…
My definition of somebody has grown up with me during these years. Now, I want to be somebody who is important and respects the fact without taking advantage of it, somebody who has good and loyal friends, somebody who respects that work is important but not more than family, somebody who is socially responsible and somebody who has love, not just for another person but also for themselves. This doesn’t really give me a clear picture of what I want to do in life but it does provide me with the basic rules. Whatever I choose to do, I need to be my definition of somebody.
I think all of us want to be somebody. We all just have different definitions for it. What’s yours?