Ever since I was young, I have always wanted to do something great with my life. It was never even a conceivable option to do anything poorly. When I was a freshman in high school, I walked into a class that I was randomly placed into. Little did I know that stumbling upon a class in my freshman year of high school could completely change everything I wanted to do with my future. The class that changed my life was psychology. It was a regular class that was just supposed to fill up space in my schedule until other classes opened up, and it turned into the most life changing class. I thought the class would be interesting, but I didn’t know how passionate I would become on the subject.
It is so incredibly interesting to me that I had gone most of my years without even knowing what psychology was. Now I analyze everything that occurs in a psychology view, and things make more sense to me now. Another passion of mine is my church and my faith. I am deeply rooted in a religion that fills me with joy. What filled me with even more joy was realizing that both of my biggest passions in life could be seamlessly merged together to form the job that will allow me to love my career for the rest of my working years.
My church congregation is an older generation, but that doesn’t change our friendship at all, in fact, it may bring us closer. Through watching them and how they think and the things that they tell me, and sadly, the diseases I have seen take many of them, I have decided to follow a career path similar to this. I would like to become a clinical psychologist with a focus on gerontology. When dealing with gerontology as a psychologist, it becomes more of a spiritual awakening than when other psychologists deal with patients at other stages in life. I would like to save a life, not necessarily physically, but spiritually. I hope that one day I am the person that an elderly man or woman confides in and trusts with their dying thoughts, hopes and wisdom.
People always throw around the phrase that the children are our future, but I feel that the future has to be influence by the past somehow. Another goal that sits in the back of my mind is that I would like to someday produce a movie based on gerontology with psychological themes. When we are young, we are always asked what we want to be when we grow up. I feel that in this point of my life, this question is highly overrated. I can name what I want to be with ease. The true question that still makes me ponder is who I want to be. Even most adults can’t even answer that question. It takes self-actualization to be able to fully grasp that question and answer it with complete confidence. Although I may not know who I want to be, I know a few things; I will carry my morals to my deathbed, and I can be whoever I want to be at any point in my life.
When people ask me what I want to do with my life, I always get a big grin on my face. I just love talking about psychology and my plans to become a gerontologist. Many close friends and family all support me with my career plans because anyone that knows me knows how passionate about my future I am. A majority of my peers become scared with the thought of having to choose their life’s path at such a young age. I, however, cannot be more confident with any decision than the one I am choosing to pursue.