Updated: Sep 21, 2021
What kind of person did you want to be when you grew up, and did you succeed?
As many kids of my era, at a young age, I dreamed to become:
• A firefighter • A cowboy • A cop • An explorer, etc.
… but no sense as how I wanted to be as a grownup. Just that it should happen.
Then, later, I was starting to think about becoming an adult at a distant future—what it would be. I pretty much knew I didn’t want to be home with my parents: my father was heavily trying to make me:
1) an engineer 2) an army man 3) a pilot.
All occupations involving maths! I hated maths and understood zilch. Furthermore, I had no clue about the utility of mathematics in my future. I saw myself as an artist, but this idea was a no-no! I also saw myself as a world traveler, and I succeeded brilliantly in the field. I have set foot on over 100 countries. Becoming an African game park manager—it worked there too.
All the above determined the kind of person I wanted to be: free from any constraints, a complete stranger to social conventions such as fashion, behavior … even not attached to a job. Not motivated by money, only what was necessary to live! And to live fully. It most probably was hard on my companions and family, and I wish them to forgive me.
In my view, yes, I succeeded!