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Are You There, Hopes And Dreams? It's Me, Reality.

I don't know what I'm doing.

Are You There, Hopes And Dreams? It's Me, Reality.
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I look at different career paths and I think, “What if I became this *insert profession*?”

I begin to fantasize about different jobs I could take on. For example, a writer!

Honestly, I would rather sit down and write these articles than read about the stages of childbirth because that is not something I would like to learn about at 9 a.m. The stages of childbirth aren’t really applicable at this moment of my life, as I don’t really think the picture of the dead lemur on my wall from "Zoboomafoo" is particularly alluring to college boys- unless they are into that...which I would fear.

Anyway, writing is something I really enjoy. I used to invent stories when I was younger that would always have one key element: cats. I like to consider myself as a verbose person. But of course, I have more dreams than being a writer.

What if I was an animator? One of my best friends and I decided to take on writing the plot for a show idea, and maybe, someday hopefully, it will become an animated show. I love doodling in class, and it would be so fun being a team with someone I really care about. I sometimes think of ideas for our show in class, and think of music that could go well with our ideas if they get animated someday….


There are two more ideas I’ve been considering too.

What if I was a pediatric nurse? I would be able to do something involving kids, which I would certainly enjoy. I have the personality of someone who would be perfect to be a nurse too, as I think I truly care about people which is something nurses need in order to be successful. Both of my parents are nurses and I could certainly gain experience. But, would I enjoy it? At this moment in time, I don’t have enough experience to even feel qualified to answer that.

The last, and most considered idea of mine is teaching. I love taking care of children, and seeing the joy they experience. I’ve also begun to gain experience in teaching, but I still feel like I need more. I want to know if this is the profession for me, but I also want to explore my other talents as well. It’s a conflicting process.

I don’t know if I have the confidence required to pursue these professions nor do I feel adequate enough. Additionally, I want to use all my talents to the best of my ability. Why can’t I have it all like Sharpay from High School Musical? I know, I know- I’ve said people can become anything they want to in articles, but I’m afraid. In this day and age, it’s terrifying to choose a major because it sometimes feels limiting and not exclusive of every talent I would want to employ. I’m also constantly afraid that there will always be someone better than me at what I’m doing.

Recently, I found a Buzz Feed video that offers good advice to my questions. It might help anyone else who has the same worries I have about the future.

As I flee the fact that I should be studying biology, I would like to believe that I’m a writer, an animator, a nurse and a teacher simultaneously in an alternative universe.

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