Imagine this scenario: you’ve known what you want to do with your life since you were five or six years old. Not just an idea or an inkling, but really genuinely known. And you didn’t just day dream about it in your spare time, but you really worked towards it; for the last fifteen year, day in and day out, it has been at the forefront of your mind and you’ve worked every one of those days to get there. In elementary school, you read every book about it you could find, in middle school you started working around people doing what you want to do, in high school you took every class you could to follow that dream, and it dictated every step you took throughout college.
And then one day you finally get that letter – you’re in. Everything you have worked for, everything you have done has finally payed off; but as you are sitting there reading the letter that finally affirms you, only then do you realize that you’ve changed. Its not what you want to do anymore. Do you have the guts to just walk away?
Today is my brother’s 25th birthday. About a year ago, he went through exactly this. He had always wanted to be a doctor, right until the day he was accepted into medical school. Only then did he realize that his true passion was biomedical engineering. I don’t know if I would have had the guts to walk away – I don’t think most people would – but he did. That is why he is my role model. He turned down medical school, worked for a year, and applied to school again. He’s now getting his Ph.D. and I don’t think I’ve ever seen him happier in my life.
To one of my best friends, my role model, and the biggest influence in my life, happy birthday. I hope I have a fraction of the guts you have.