I applied for graduate school and had my first interview today. They asked me “Where do I see myself in 10 years.” I informed them assisting girls who are involved in high risk activities toward safer and healthier lives and helping them discover their own definition of womanhood and beauty. I went on to inform them I see myself effectively creating policies on academics and child welfare.
Rereading this, an idiom pop into my mind “In his heart a man plans his course, but the Lord determines his steps”. I also think, what a question. “Can you imagine who you’ll be ten years from now?” Yes, I got accepted into graduate school and earned my master’s in social work (MSW), then went on to become a state board certified Clinical Licensed Social Worker (LICSW). The “kicker” is I have never worked solely with young girls, nor did I start a program for young girls (Why reinvent the wheel? I often encourage individuals to join forces and make the wheel better!). I share this excerpt to say, TD Jakes was on to something when he said, “If you can’t figure out your purpose, figure out your passion. For your passion will lead you right into your purpose.” Today I am a clinical therapist, clinical supervisor, an advocate that has changed laws in my profession, and an activist and ally to many oppressed populations.