When I Grow Up

I knew from a young age, that I was born to lead a life of crime fighting.
I knew from a young age, that I was born to lead a life of crime fighting.

Returning home is constant reminder that I have almost no idea on where I see myself in the future. Anytime I run into my parent’s friends they ask me the same two questions. How is school going? Obviously, wonderful.  Go Pokes. Or what do you want to do after college? This question is more stressful than trying to fit everything on one plate at a Chinese buffet. I usually respond with something along the lines of “something better than whatever you are doing, hag.” Jokes. But even after I have been asked this question so often, I am still never prepared. Because of this I have decided to formulate a list of all the things I would like to do when I grow up.

Pokémon Trainer. Many people can relate to childhood memories of spending an insane amount of time and money trying to fill custom binders with Pokemon cards or trying to decide if you wanted to purchase the red or blue Gameboy game — because they were obviously so different. But that was never enough for me. I dreamed of being Ash Ketchum. Of capturing my own first Pokémon. I saw myself gathering all of the badges and traveling through caves with my best friend, Pikachu. This was the first profession that thought I could truly excel at and still believe today would be a good fit for me.

Beyoncé. I am a woman so I want to be everything that encompasses and embodies the essence of Beyoncé Knowles. I am a very big advocate of everyone being themselves, but if I was half of the woman that Queen B is than I would be an angel, a star and a wonderful human being. I want to have the presence like her when she walks on stage. I want to change the lives of many people just with the sound of my voice and the moves of my hips.

Superhero. Anyone who knows me knows that more than anything in this entire world I want to be a superhero. I want a cape. I want to fly. I want to save the world. And more importantly I want a super rad name and back story. Some haters continue to think that I am ridiculous for believing that it is possible, but if there is one thing that my parents taught me growing up is that I can do anything I set my mind too.

Happy. I do not know what I want I want my profession to be when I am older. I do not know if I want to be a mother, or if I want to get married. I do not know which city or which country I want to reside in. I do not plan things ahead in my life. The farthest I’ve gotten is daydreaming about traveling to Ireland and rescuing a dog. All I know is that I want to live a happy life doing something that makes me and other people happy.

So to everyone who does not have their future planned out,  do not worry. We have time to figure out what we want to do. Focus on right now and live the life you want to live, even if that means holding on to your childhood fantasies.

The Most Important Question

Everyone has at least one question that stumps them. For some it is “what is the meaning of life?” or “will Hilary Clinton run for president in 2016?” maybe even something deeper like “when is my next meal?” If you are like me then the answer is all of them. But still, there is a question that deems more difficult to me than any others I have ever been asked.

“If you could have one superpower, what would it be?”

Courtesy of flickr.
Courtesy of flickr: marvelousRoland

That question alone raises a multitude of questions. Would I be the only superhero? Who would be the mastermind villain? Would my community accept me or would I have to hide my powers like my beloved Peter Parker?

Regardless of all of these questions I would ask, my quick response to mortals would be that I would fly. Quick. Easy. Simple. But that would definitely not be my first choice. That would be my third actually. After contemplating I have compiled a list:

  1. Telekinesis. Mainly so I wouldn’t have to get up when I am on the couch and forgot to grab my Taco Bell in the kitchen.
  2. Teleporting. So I could transport to countries where I could legally a drink a beer or two or ten.
  3. Flying. To enjoy an aerial view of balding heads.
  4. Sausage Vision. The ability to see everything as polish sausage. I wish I created this phenomena, but it was definitely a Cartoon Network idea before I had the chance to think of it.
  5. Owning the microwave from the first Spy Kids. Instant Big Macs. I know this technically is not a power, but does one the greatest vigilantes of all time have any superpowers? The answer is no. And I am speaking of Batman if you did not catch my drift.

As I have ripened into my twenties I am coming to terms with the fact that being a superhuman is not in my future. A feeling that is sort of resembling the moment I realized that Amanda Bynes was not always going to be the spunky Nickelodeon star from All That, but actually morph into a hybrid of Britney Spears during her meltdown and Amy Winehouse pre-overdose (RIP). Thus I leave you with a great quote from an inspirational hero:

“A hero can be anyone. Even a [wo]man doing something as simple and reassuring as putting a coat around a young boy’s shoulders to let him know that the world hadn’t ended.” – Batman, Dark Night Rises