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We’re asked from early ages, what we want to be when we grow up. For the lucky ones, this is easy to answer and puts parent’s minds at ease. Doctors, lawyers, veterinarians, engineers, and even teachers have satisfied our elders who want to ensure we can take care of ourselves once we leave the nest.
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I remember, from an early age, deciding I wanted to be a writer when I grew up. I also loved art and wanted to be an artist. When I told my parents my dreams, my father frowned and told me I couldn’t make a living as a writer.
My father had beat the idea out of my head so hard that when it came time for heading off to college, I was no longer set on writing. English and literature classes had no place in my grand design and art classes were up there too. There would be no writing and no art; so, I studied anthropology instead.
I remember the backlash I received on that path too. I was a junior at my high school when I first proposed archaeology and my father’s immediate response was, “that’s a waste of time, they already found Lucy.”
He was referring to the 3.2 million-year-old Australopithecus afarensis species found in Ethiopia by Donald Johanson in 1974. However, I had enough grit in me to defy my father’s wishes that I study business.
Unfortunately, somewhere along the way, I caved into my parent’s wishes I do something else, and after completing my undergraduate degree in anthropology, I became a rad tech to make ends meet.
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I figured if I couldn’t dig for bones, I could take pictures of them at least. Oh, this was a mistake, and I learned to despise the rat race I now found myself in.
I spent years working on figuring out what I was meant to do with my life. Nothing is more disheartening than having the “what do you want to be when you grow up” questions still in your head as you finish out your thirties.
But though I felt plagued by the question, I knew I had the answer with me my whole life, at a very young age. I wanted to write; and so, I wrote.
Not three months into my commitment and I was already seeing the positive benefits of doing what I was meant to do.
I took the very long way around to find the path that feels right, and the only advice I can give is, always follow your heart when it comes to doing what you want to do.
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