Becoming Yourself

Sitting in a circle with legs crisscrossed, a class of second graders was asked what they would like to become when they grow up.

Teacher: “What would you like to be when you grow up, Taylor?”
My reply: “Myself.”

As a child I was asked what I wanted to be when I grew older, and my reply caused no small amount of wonder among my classmates. While most of us desired to touch the stars as astronauts, twirl as ballerinas, or become the next Mary-Kate and Ashley with our best friends—I wanted to be me. I suppose that answer wasn’t the expected reply, but today I stand firm by that childish response.

I certainly had no idea what I wanted to become as an elementary school student, but even as a college student, that same question hovers over my daily life. Many students enter college without knowing what they want to become. Please, let me reassure you that it is normal to be uncertain of your future occupation, especially at this point in your life. I definitely don’t know what or who I want to become, just so long as I’m still me when I finally do figure it out. Although, I have come to one common realization:

I’ve come to the conclusion that we are not…
Cars without tires, a train lacking a rail, a truck caught in neutral;
Not birds with clipped wings nor an eagle afraid to fly;
A child holding her mother’s hand or a kid caught in his father’s grasp.
We are none of these things,
for we can go anywhere in life,
can become anything in life,
if at first we become ourselves.

JCC students Meagan Mayers, Hanna Brawdy, and Taylor Kickbush
being themselves with some friends.263360_586531901368971_1799983731_n

About the author

Taylor Kickbush

Aspiring fashion journalist, freelance photographer, and lover of running-my name is Taylor Kickbush. Being a 19-year-old sophomore at Jamestown Community College, I find it hard to believe that my associate’s degree in communication is in sight and adulthood rests just beyond the horizon. At this point in my college career, I have discovered that JCC offers wonderful opportunities to create friendships and network with valuable career professionals from (literally) around the globe! As a prospective internship awaits my attendance in London, England this spring, I plan to trek the UK and represent JCC with all of the workplace etiquette its classes have taught me. Every day I feel one leap closer toward successfully achieving my dreams, and one day I hope you can say the same. In closing, I thank all those who read these words as I write about the everyday obstacles we all hurdle on the route to our becoming who we want to be.