Ever since I was a little girl, when asked the pondering question of whom I wanted to become when I grew up, I always found it quite methodical. Now of course, these feelings can’t completly be for keeps due to the immense amount of surrounding exposure. Although, I did believe that each individual had been given distict knowledge and ability to make this world per say, your “personal playground”; that of what you believed. As a child, we are all born pure with no predicatable intentions.
For it is then, life is simple. It is a perfect place where your imagination get’s to create and/or guide you. Or at least that’s what I took from it. Growing up I felt as though I was guided by my parent’s personal values. Simple ones. -I was supported, loved, and taught to be the best person I could possible imagine. Done so, with nurturing compassion and humbling mentoring. Take for example the question in hand of whom I wanted to “be” when I “grew” up. With no true inclination of what my answer should be, I was conventionlity driven and instantly corralated to a phrase my mother would say to me quite often.
“Kellie, You really can become anyone you want to be as long as you strive for greatness and never give up. So as this question (in the present day) served as metaphorical lesson, it was then; however, I proudly proclaimed, “I wanna be a brain surgeon! ” -A brain Surgeon? Now, fast forwarding unto my golden teenage years. As a Junior/Senior in High School, the topic of ‘What’s Next (e. g. college, work and, etc. ) was one just as similar to the one I had been asked as a child. Yet, this time around I didn’t get to answer it with imagination based thoughts. It was becoming a surreal question and in which marked my time to really start thinking about what I wanted to do with my life.
Now, of course the first typical response to attend college right away was always an opition. However, as illustrative as the college route seemed, It adversely was one I did not find myself in tune with. I felt in that time that realistic, I needed a little more guidance. So therefore at the rip age of 18, I opte’d to served under (a now isolated) slogan, “An Army of One! ” -Which as I try to gather a narrative format of my own invigorationg, experience, and what not only become a Soldier but a leader, did for me; I not quite sure that I can.
Plus, I’m not a textbook glouter of sorts! ) However, not dismiss the topic as a whole, I will leave it at this: to become a Soldier is just that. You’re apart of a larger structure. You follow orders, preform your duties with honor, and selflessly serve your nation and defend our Nation to the best of your abilities. You create free will for future generations to follow. You were your pride on the inside and humbly be thankful to apart of nations finest because in the gran scheme of things, we all played a role. So without a doubt, those years gave me uncompariable tools to use in my present.
All in which I got the honor of doing so for almost 10 years! – To whom, in which I got to disovered the true notion of Freedom. Grasping and understanding not only my job, but the complexity of it all. Which now I like to call, my Age of Enlightenment! While serving, I thought I had finally figured out to whom I wanted to become when I grew up. I had finally figured my own puzzle out. I wanted and was determined to become a Dentist; in which I meet all my milestones/goals up until I got hurt. For so long, I thought I had it all figured out. I knew what I was destine to become.
However, after this first year of me being medically retired from the United States Army, I felt as though I had not the slightest clue. Not only was this the formost,socially and personally changelling time for me, Being away for so long, this was the time that I got to relize the difference between material Prosperity vs. inner happiness and peace of mind. For greatness really is, what we would all simply strive for. Attending Winthrop Univserity under the Sociology/ Anthropology Department would be an completly new and invigorating chanllege for me.
Done so, with people of similar understandings/questions about our vastly prevailing, culturly- driven society. The four years I spent living in differnt Countries and experiencing differnt cultural standards only makes it even more intriguing for me. Therefore makes me understand a level of what is Really important in life. It would be an honor to be accept into the Sociology and Anthropology Department. “Conformity is the jailer of freedom and the enemy of growth. ” -John F. Kennedy