You know when they ask you in elementary school, middle school, high school and college what you want to be when you grow up? That whole progression of life, the cycle that takes you into a career path from college? Yeah, that one. It’s hard for me to understand why I am the way I am but when I think about that one simple question, I get a little more clarity. Why am I so non-complacent? Why don’t I like stagnancy? Why do I always want more? Why am I so emotional about it? Why can’t I be like other people who are just permanently happy with their jobs and lives? Well, for one, because permanently happy people don’t exist (only on social media with filtered AF photos) and 2. The fallacy of going from college into your forever career field unless you’re truly in a niche vertical is pretty much non existent. All of that to say that at 30, if someone asked me the question, “what do you want to be when you grow up?” I’d say, I truly have no idea. Because I don’t. And I think it’s okay. As long as you’re constantly evolving and learning, why stop at the “comfortable” zone? We’re all so alike but so different in so many ways. My quote in the year book, I’ll never forget. “In a world of Cheerios, be a fruitloop” 😹 I still stand by it, no matter how far that takes you away from the herd. Be a job hopper if that increases your knowledge and self worth (this isn’t a statement saying go get fired and job hop so don’t go to that place 😹). Explore your options, whether that means failed attempts. It only takes one successful one. Ergo (my favorite essay word…if you don’t know it Google it and you’re welcome), don’t settle. Your journey doesn’t have to have a “stopping” point because life’s fucking short and we all need to live a little.