I hate that question! What do you want to be?
I thought I would have the response by now. I have completed compulsory education, graduated with a degree and have been in employment for over three years (I still haven’t landed the dream job, but still pushing for it) and I have a daughter. Surely on eof these life events should have given me an epiphany related to what I want to be.
As I child you are asked by curious adults ‘What do you want to be when you are older?’. When you become a student it becomes an ice breaker question for networking events and coming to contact with ‘industry experts’. Then you are finally ready for life, some people have a clear set path, but one thing I have found comes with being a creative persona is a mixture of paths which you want to take, or an end goal with a path not yet engraved, so it becomes your job to make it.
I’ve been going through Maya Angelou’s novels, and she has made me think of the different traits we hold and talents we invest in, and what can happen when you go along with those. If you type her name on Wiki she was an:
American author, poet, dancer, actress, and singer… She was an actor, writer, director, and producer of plays, movies, and public television programs… She was active in the Civil Rights movement…
That doesn’t describe who she was and what she did, and there is still more on what she did. She lived 86, and accomplished more than just one thing. Most successful people wear many hats. They dip into multiple ventures, test different waters and invest in many ideas.
What do you want to be is such a narrow question. Do I have to define myself as only just one thing? I think a better question is what do you want to do?
See I want to have a clothing collection based on literature, write a dystopian novel and lead a creative campaign which voices the opinions of the underdogs. That doesn’t mean I want to be a fashion designer, an author or a political figure. Although… If I completed all those goals, and had them titles on my life CV, I wouldn’t be complaining.
What do you want to do?