I am not certain of what I want to do, but I am certain of who I want to become. I know this is probably naive, but it is true. Throughout my life I have had only one constant, my sister. She is who people refer to when they describe someone with character and decency. She has a heart with more strength and love than she knows what to do with, and she has never stopped believing in me. So, each day I wake up and actively work to be like her, and to become the courageous person that she thinks I already am. I collect quotes on courage, humility, presence, character and more to remind me of who I wish to become. Even if I fail at everything else I try to achieve, if I make my sister proud I will be satisfied.
Since a young Beansprout, I’ve dreamed big and even obnoxious dreams. My father constantly told me Johann Wolfgang von Goethe’s quote, “Dream no small dream, for they have no power to move the hearts of men.” My dreams are still big, though ever changing. No matter what my aspirations are I firmly believe that the only thing that can ever stand between me and my dreams is me, or the work that is needed to achieve the dream. If it is me, I need to get out of the way; if it is work, then I will welcome it.