I Wouldn't Call It A Chip...


So, it's finals week here at Forest and I've been doing a little reflecting about my past semester.

At the beginning of this semester, I watched my dream list just start taking off. I've been doing everything I can to take control of my education and of my future. The dreams I have just seem to keep getting bigger and brighter.

It's gonna sound silly, but this weekend I got caught up in a super awkward WWE documentary marathon. I don't know how it happened but one film, turned into two, turned into three, etc. Anyways, I have always been a huge fan of The Rock. You know, Dwayne Johnson? Movie and sports entertainment star? Well, I was watching this biopic about his career and how he has changed over the years, and at one point he was talking about how he wanted to reach for the brass ring, grab it and take it to places that no one ever dreamed of taking it before.

During some networking opportunities this semester, I was told that maybe I should manage my expectations about what I will accomplish in my career and about how I could impact the world. Big mistake! People who know me know that I'm super competitive and that statement did not sit well with me. And I find that since that experience, my attitude has changed some. I really wouldn't call it a chip on my shoulder, because I'm not holding a grudge against the person that told me that. It was his honest opinion. But in my mind, it's game on.

Yes, I want to be a clinical psychologist... But maybe not the way some of the good ol' boys think of a clinical psychologist from a small PsyD program in Missouri. I want to be a clinical psychologist. I want to be a writer. I want to be a researcher. I want to be an advocate. I want to be a teacher. Maybe a politician one day. And the list goes on and on.

These are my desires... and they are ever changing. But I don't plan on managing my expectations. I plan on going full speed ahead into my future. If the end goal, the highest achievement, the brass ring is that title, "Psychologist," I'm certainly reaching for it. But once I grab it, I want to take it to new heights.

"...playing small does not serve the world.There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. ... It's not just in some of us; it's in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others." - Marianne Williams

I want to break the mold.

Wish and want the same for yourself.