To say I felt like I was reading my own story shows just how much our country has changed in the last thirty years. I was elected to the Missouri House of Representatives at 24 yrs. old. I too, found that politics was not my dream, but a dream I’d been groomed and cultivated to believe was mine. It was interesting to read the way you described not being defined by others success because I know exactly what you mean. Well not exactly, but pretty damn close.