My Defining Moment
My family raised me to be my own person, and not to live in someone else’s shadow. Ironically, my defining moment helped me to begin casting my own even larger shadow by learning from someone else’s experiences.
A few years ago I attended my cousin’s high school graduation. Grade 12 graduation, to me, has always symbolized the orientation into adulthood, having to make decisions for our “grown up” lives. On the day of my cousin’s graduation, as I was listening to the students’ names being called out, I could see the sense of accomplishment in each of their faces. All their hard work paid off and now they were venturing off to pursue their future endeavors.
It may seem strange that someone else’s defining moment also played a significant role in allowing me to find my own identity. But by being able to put myself in those graduates’ shoes, I realized that I wanted to follow in their footsteps. Ultimately, the graduation instilled in me the desire to achieve my goals. Similarly, after high school I will be well on my way to answering the most asked question, “So, what do you want to be when you grow up?”