When we’re little, adults tell us that we can be anything we want to be. Anything at all!
But they always fail to mention a few things in addition to expecting us to assume as we grow up:
- We can only be (1) thing– I watched a TEDTalk where a woman talked about some of us not having just one thing we’re good at. She gave the example of a violin maker who was also an engineer. At the moment, I realized I don’t have to be a screenwriter or an engineer. I can be both. I can have (2) or even more professions. Because honestly imagine life only doing one thing. Boring.
- We can’t all be special– Well, we can’t all be special to millions of people but does that really matter if you’re special to people you care about? The goal in life isn’t to be famous, it’s to find meaning to it. Fame is just a little accessory and sometimes it’s not worth it.
- University is a necessity– No it isn’t, not for everyone. If you want to be an AV technician, no one cares if you went to Yale to get your degree, as long as you can fix their heater. If you want to be a doctor, you definitely need to go to university, but make sure it’ll be worth it in the end.
- Community college is embarrassing– Why, because you’re taking the same classes you could take at a big-shot university for a fifth of the price? The only thing embarrassing about community college is feeling bad for attending it. You’re saving sweet moolah you can spend on activities you actually care about. Seniors filling college apps, repeat after me: COMMUNITY COLLEGE IS OKAY. COMMUNITY COLLEGE IS OKAY. COMMUNITY COLLEGE IS OKAY.
- So is being a plumber– Tis a gross but noble profession. That’s all. Be grateful people are willing to do this.
- Not everyone can be a ballerina– True. Most ballerinas (as well as gymnasts) have been wearing tutu or leotards since their classmates first heard that ballerinas existed. It’s nearly impossible to become a ballerina, so assuming it’s something you can just pick up and be successful at is a bit pretentious.
- Being an astronaut requires math– I’m out.
Screw them. When I grow up, I want to be: