When I was really little, I wanted to be a teacher. In fact, up until this year, that is the only career choice I’ve ever considered. This year, though, I thought about the other things that I might want to do when I grew up. It surprised me how many different things I would be interested in. It also kind of scared me.
Because all I ever considered was teaching, I felt prepared. I knew what I was going to do. I felt stable. But now, since I have all of these choices, I feel off balance. I feel kind of excited as well, when I think about the other choices I have.
One career I was, and am, considering is being a nurse. I’ve never really been phased by needles (even though the thought of sticking them into people is scary), and I really like helping people. I also really love kids, which led me to thinking about being a nurse in pediatrics.
I love action, and I’ve always been a rule follower. I enjoy watching crime TV shows, and I enjoy a mystery novel every once in a while. I’ve thought about being a police woman, or a detective. It would be a hard, but exciting, career choice.
Thinking about being something other than what I always thought I would be is strange. I like the opportunities it opens up, and yet it makes my future seem so unsure. It also opens up a whole plethora of new questions. Where do I want to go to college? Where do I want to live?
Even though it’s scary to think about everything I’m uncertain about right now, I’m glad I have the time to think about what I want. Maybe when I get out of high school I’ll know what I want to do. Or maybe I won’t. Who really knows? However, I guess not knowing is part of the fun. See you next week!
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