When I was a kid, I was often asked “What do you want to be when you grow up?” and I continued to answer just the same as any other kid probably would, “I want to be a police officer, a doctor, an architect!” until one day I was asked the same question, on a survey that I was given to fill out on the first day of my grade 10 math class. The section where you were suppose to write your answer had a line that was only ten centimetres long. I thought that this question, that is asked so commonly in a young person’s life can’t be answered with a couple of words and it should not be answered with just a job title. I then proceed to grab a lined piece of paper from my binder and wrote my answer on there.

I started my answer off with, me, I want to be me. I then explained further about how I want to be a better version of myself. I want to create a life for myself that involves excitement and adventure. One where I don’t just do things for the sake of saying I did them but to better my life and to better myself as a person. Because if I can better myself as a person I can help to improve the lives of those around me. When I grow up, I want to be a mom, but not just a parent by blood, but a loving, devoted mother, a role model to my children. Someone, they can look up to and aspire to be. I want to stay an important part of my parent’s lives.

To stay daddy’s little girl and mommy’s whole world. I want to be a sister who is not afraid to stand by her brother’s side through thick or thin. I want to be an architect that impacts people and society and change their perspective on architecture. I want to be a strong fearless, independent and intelligent woman who inspires everyone she meets. I never want to be any one thing, for one job title to define me. I want to make the sort of impact on the world that I can be remembered for.

I want to change the lives that I have touched, for the better.After I handed in the survey to my teacher she was so pleased with my answer that she decided to read it to the whole class and explain how this is the sort of view we should have on our future. I was embarrassed at first but then filled with joy when I heard what she thought of it. I challenged the idea that the question “What do you want to be when you grow up?” should not be expected to be answered with any one word or job title.

A question like this should be answered with a lifetime of desires that is constantly evolving and changing.


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