Our dreams, our hopes, our aspirations and our goals, these are what drive us to succeed: these are our ambitions in this short life. Children are often asked, “What do you want to be when you grow older?” Most reply simply by stating, “I want to be rich!” And just like that, without giving any other thought; for their minds are still so naive, they automatically assume that once you reach this “older” stage of life, money will be handed out on a silver platter: therefore, they will become rich, achieving what they have desired. Yet, as they grow older and their minds and bodies start to mature, epiphany strikes: in order to be rich, you have to make something of yourself, and this is when our goals begin to manifest.
As a child, I didn't have much of an idea what I wanted to be, but as time flowed by, I slowly became to realize what I want to do: cosmetology. Around the age of 12, I began messing with my hair: I colored it pink, blue, orange, purple, green: any vivid color that I desired, and I really took interest in doing this. People began to awe at all the different colors that I would put into my hair, and I became proud of it. Just the idea of being able to change your hair color or style to anything you could ever want: it's just fascinating to me. I mean, you could have your normal brown hair one day, and vibrant pink the next: it's awesome. I knew that this was the place where I needed to be.
Once I was attending high school, I was notified about a program that has changed my life entirely: Pima County JTED (Joint Technical Education District). They offer “career jump-start” programs, that can benefit people who know what they want to become in life. It works by going through the high schools and enrolling the students whom are interested into their programs: so you get high school credit and a lead into your future career. I found out that one of the programs that they have there is cosmetology. I was interested as soon as I was told this; so I contacted my counselor and asked how I would be able to get into this program. I wrote essays for them, sent in letters of recommendation, and attended the meetings that they held. I sent in my application soon after, and was soon accepted into the program. The impact that this has had on me is great: I attend school Monday through Friday from 7:20 am – 12:00 pm, and then head to beauty school (JTED) from 1:00 pm – 6:00 pm, it's a lot of work, but I'm handling it well, if I do say so myself.
Soon I will graduate from both high school and beauty school, and by doing this I will obtain both my diploma and my license for cutting hair. (Once I pass state board that is.) After this I want to go to college to take entrepreneurship classes, so I can open up a salon on my very own: that's my biggest goal for myself. It's taken a lot of time and thought for me to finally realize it, but I know that it's what I really want, and I'll do anything to achieve it. “If you could have one wish, what would it be? We all have hopes and dreams that we do almost anything to make real. And if we get lucky, and our wish is granted, maybe that's what we call happiness.” (Takemura, Masaharu) Owning my own business is my dream, my biggest goal, and I won't stop at anything. In the end, I know that it will make me happy to know that I finally achieved something that I've been pursuing for for such a long time now; and I will finally be able to accomplish this dream.
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It's unbelievable how each year, since the beginning of high school, my perfectly laid plans for myself have unavoidably deteriorated. When I entered my freshman year, I had aspirations of being a doctor (something I had wanted to be since I was a child); I was even taking Latin to help with the medical jargon. Now, here I am entering my senior year in high school without any idea of what I want to do. Now seems to be the time to start taking life seriously and making responsible, educated choices.
Looking back on it now, I realize that I cannot become the doctor I wanted to be. I have come to realize that, that dream was not only my own, but a dream of my family. My parents often talked of me becoming a doctor and although their enthusiasm continued throughout my childhood and early adolescence, mine slowly diminished; until finally I realized I did not want to become a doctor. I remember how hard it seemed to tell my parents of my decision, I felt as if I was letting them down, but I eventually came to realize that they wanted me to do what made me happy. I am not definite why I changed my mind in regard to being a doctor, I had the grades, the drive, and the willingness to make certain sacrifices, but somewhere I was missing something and I felt that I would not be satisfied in a medical career. So I started thinking about what I wanted to do; I went from teaching to law enforcement, computer programming to astronautics and numerous other professions. Now I come to a crossroad in my life where I must choose what to do with my future, choose what will make me happy.
I have always wanted the typical "ËAmerican Dream' to have a husband I am in love with, a stable job, loving children, and a house in the suburbs. But now I realize that there are so many other steps I need to take in order to achieve these so-called goals. This includes graduating from high school and college, finding that special someone, and finding that perfect job. I have begun to realize that I have yet to begin my life; everything up until now has been practice, as if I have been in a cage and it is only now that I am beginning to break free and do things for myself.
My one goal for the future is to be happy regardless of what I choose to do. I want to be satisfied with my decisions, to be able to accept and forgive, and most of all to be able to live up to the expectations I have for myself. I realize I cannot set my goals and dreams on the basis of others and I need to achieve things for myself. If I live my life for the people around me, I will never truly be happy. I will only accomplish my goal in being happy when I am able to live my life for myself and still able to provide love and support to others.
I realize I don't have to have all the answers rights now, and that it's probably better that I don't. I have also figured that no matter what I do in life, I will never be completely satisfied; and that's how it should be, always looking for something more, always striving for something better.