Monday, September 24, 2012

"I Should Have Been a Great Many Things"

I watched Little Women the other day. I love that movie. I have seen it many times—preferably while I am snuggled up in a blanket with a mug of hot chocolate in the autumn or winter weather. And if you haven't read the book, read it. Anyways, there was a quote that stuck out to me that hadn't before.

It comes during a scene where Jo March is sitting around a table full of men and the topic of discussion was whether or not women should vote. This is how it goes:

Jo March: I find it poor logic to say that because women are good, women should vote. Men do not vote because they are good; they vote because they are male, and women should vote, not because we are angels and men are animals, but because we are human beings and citizens of this country.
Mr. Mayer: You should have been a lawyer, Miss March.
Jo March: I should have been a great many things, Mr. Mayer.

Jo was actually a writer. This plus a few other things about this character remind me of myself. Maybe that's why I like the movie and book so much.

F. Scott Fitzgerald said, "Writers aren't exactly people ... they're a whole bunch of people trying to be one person."

In my mind, both of these quotes completely support each other—well, they completely support how I feel about myself.

"I should have been a great many things. Therefore, I am a writer, trying to be them all."

Here's a list of everything I've ever wanted to be starting from childhood (no laughing, I guess I've always been kind of a nerd but I don't think I ever realized it): a mom, a librarian, a baker, an author, an illustrator, an artist, an archaeologist, an architect, an astronomer, an astronaut, a teacher at elementary, high school and college levels, a lawyer, a journalist, an editor, a government worker (hey—I told you I'm a nerd).

For most of these, they were actually pretty realistic. I can check some of them off the list in one way or another, and some are still to come. For some reason, I am just not one of those people that had one thing in mind and went for exactly that. But especially in the past couple of years and in the foreseeable future, I have had and will have many wonderful experiences that don't seem to relate to one another. I wonder what these opportunities are leading up to. I know they will all come together for me somehow, it's just hard to see.

And maybe the only similar thing these experiences will all contribute to is to who I am. Me. Me, what I do with them, and the life lessons they teach me.

Yeah, maybe that's it.

Well then, regardless of what I do to build a life and to build my character, I hope to be true to myself. I hope to never let my imagination die. I hope to always be a writer—a crafter of words, a builder of imaginations.


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