A Small and Piecemeal Life (and Learning to Be Okay with It)

I once thought (as most of us think) that I would "be" something when I "grew up." I mean, "be" one, specific something. We're trained from an early age to think so. Adults (who we presumed already "were" something) would descend from their lofty heights down to kid level to ask the age-old, "So, what do you want to be when you grow up?" If we didn't know, we had to make something up on the spot...