What do you want to be when you grow up?
We start hearing this question from a very early age. It seems clear to me that we are defined in this society by what we do, not who we are. Why has no one ever asked me who I want to be when I grow up? I think the answer to that question is much clearer for me.
Who do I want to be? I want to be loyal and kind. I want to be creative and energetic. I want to be loving and forgiving. I want to be encouraging and insightful. I want to be charming and sexy. I want to be smart and interesting. I want to be considerate and honest. I want to leave the world better for having known me.
I am not all of these things all of the time and on some days I am very few of them. But I'm trying and I'm doing much better at knowing who I want to be. Maybe knowing what I want to be will follow.