“Cassandra, what do you want to be when you grow up?”
“I want to be a doctor.”
Such was the usual conversation between me and whoever asked about my plans for the future. My answer was always straight to the point. Medicine was the one thing I wanted so badly and all I dreamed I would be was a doctor(and married to Michael Jackson of course). To my younger self, medicine was supposed to be the core of my existence and my entire being. Even when people said I was talented and would excel in certain other career choices, I always laughed it off. Talents? Skills? They’re just for fun, they don’t really mean much, they don’t matter… such were my naive thoughts.
Now, years later, I’m grown and while I’m still so entranced by the idea of being a doctor, I am also very excited to explore my other skills and see where they take me. Medicine is no longer my entire life like I thought it would be. It’s been a very sad year but at the same time, I’ve grasped a whole lot. Since 2020, I’ve put my life in perspective and realized that our plans aren’t always aligned with what the universe has in store for us.
Don’t get me wrong, I love medicine and being a doctor is a dream that I can’t wait to accomplish. But I’ve learned that I can be a doctor and still be other things. I can have really big dreams, develop the skills I have and become something of a role model to someone one day. I’ve also realized that I can multitask. Being a doctor doesn’t mean I can’t have a life, it doesn’t mean I can’t do something else that I love, it also doesn’t mean my life can’t be colorful. I want a life that’s filled with colors, one filled with light so bright that dimming seems almost impossible. That is the life I envision and that is the life I will have.
I hope you discover different passions, skills or talents and have that beautiful life you’ve always dreamed of. The only person that can set limitations for you is yourself, never forget that.
What is that thing you’ve always wanted to do but never got around to doing? Let me know in the comment section!