What do you want to be when you grow up? Me? I wanted to be an actor—a big bright star, entertaining the world. Here I am years later, obviously not what I thought I’d be. Does that make me a failure? Of course not.
When we’re young it’s impossible to see how the years ahead will change us. How the choices we make will divert our paths from the ones we originally wanted. Even now, with the advantage of looking back through my life, the changes in me were so slow and subtle it’s hard to pick a single event that made it happen.
My advice—keep an open mind as you grow up. Life has a way of showing you things about yourself you may have not considered, just like it did for me. It’s not like you’ll become something you’ll hate. There are still remnants of the little girl I once was inside. I sing and dance every opportunity I get, but I have found so much joy in writing I don’t mind that I’m not the big bright star I’d thought I’d be. I’ll entertain you with my words instead.