Sunday, October 16, 2011

Live Your Dream

When I think about where my life is headed,  there are two dominant themes in my mind:

1. graduation (hopefully).
2. moving.

I am inspired by certain, but more or less a random array of people, but the the commonalities among them all are they all dropped everything to go find and live their dream.

For instance, Barack Obama, maybe not so random that I admire him, but come on, he is the first black president.

Obama attended high school in Hawaii and was the valedictorian of his class. After graduation, he attended Occidental College in California but decided to transfer to Columbia University to pursue a degree in Political Science/International Affairs. After graduation, he move to Chicago to work in community development. After a few years doing that job, he attended Harvard Law School. After a couple of years of work at one of Chicago's top law firms, he ran for Senate and won. In 2007, he announced his plans to run for the United States Presidency in 2008.

Obama, being an African American man knew it would be a tough feat to persuade voters to change their prior behavior of electing purely white males as their president. But Obama went after his dream to be president and no matter what anyone says, he has worked so hard to fix and balance our country.

Example deux, Kristin Wiig is a the co-screenwriter of Bridesmaid and a cast member of Saturday Night Live.  I have to say, this is possibly my all-time favorite show. In an interview, Wiig said when she graduated from the University of Arizona, she got a job working as a graphic designer for a plastic surgeon and would digitally reconstruct a patient's face to show them what they would look like if they got plastic surgery, but two days before she started, Wiig decided that she wanted to pursue a career in acting. She picked up her stuff and moved to L.A. and joined the cast of The Groundlings, an improvisational theater in L.A. She was then recruited by Lorne Michaels, the creator of SNL.

Wiig is someone that had no prior training before she decided she wanted to be an actress. She had a dream and she followed it and I find that incredibly inspiring and I can only hope I will do that for myself.

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