What I want to be:

When I was five, I wanted to be a firefighter, 
Until my cousin told me that I would get burned.

When I was eight, I wanted to be a vet,
Until I realized that animals died.

When I was ten, I wanted to be a zoologist,
Because it was more exciting than being a vet.

When I was 11, I wanted to join the Peace Corps,
Until my great uncle told me to go to college first.

When I was 12, I wanted to be a Medical Examiner,
Until I thought that maybe helping the living, was more important than speaking for the dead.

When I was 13, I wanted to be a paramedic,
Because you go to the people who are sick, they do not have to come to you.

When I was 15, I wanted to be a surgeon,
Because they saved lives. And it was more challenging than being a paramedic.

When I was 17, I wanted to be an officer in the Navy,
Until I decided to go to a school without ROTC.

When I was 18, I wanted to be an engineer,
Until I got to college and became a small fish in the ocean, rather than a big fish in a small pond.

When I was 19, I wanted to be a journalist,
Until I realized foreign freelance work is not as easy as it appears.

When I was 20, I wanted to run away to the circus,
Because why not?

When I was 21, I wanted to work in Law Enforcement,
Until I remembered that I am a little fish, and that a background check on my family may not come out too stellar.

Then I wanted to work in nonprofits.

In the past year, I have considered:

Law Enforcement
Peace Corps
Navy Air Rescue Swimmer
(until I realized I am too small to actually save anyone who is drowning in the ocean)
Navy Diver
Air Force
Circus performer
Executive Assistant
Conservation worker

But today, I just want to be better than the person I was yesterday.

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