On the way to work I saw this bumper sticker:
“Remember who you wanted to be”
This hit me pretty profoundly. I’m not sure I can explain exactly why, thought it might be obvious.
Are youthe person you wanted to be when you grew up? I don’t mean job-wise, or what kind of car you’re driving or anything like that. Do you have the kind of character you wanted to have when you grew up? Do you now have the values that you cultivated in your youth so you could live them in your present? If not, what happend to them? Have you become someone you never wanted to be? Have you become someone better than who you wanted to be?
For me, I think I’ve ended up better. I was relieved, after nervously pondering that bumper sticker, to find my station in life acceptable when remembering the expectations of my youth. I never wanted to be anybody great, that I can remember, but I did want to be honest, dependable, trustworthy and all those noble things. I think I’m living up to that. If you don’t, please let me know.
One thing I guess the bumper sticker may assume is that you wanted to be someone good. Either that, or it is trying to stimulate you regardless.
(PS Sorry for the jumbled thoughts. I think this post may be a grammatic nightmare. I hate it when that happens.)