My friend Valerie posted a question on her blog today asking “if we could pick an identity other than ours, what would it be?”
I immediately thought it was a cool question, but when I sat there thinking of an answer I really could not think of anyONE I would want to be. I responded that “I may want to be somewhat different, but still me [like, slimmer, for example], I would like to have the courage to glide with those gliding things, and swim with dolphins….things like that, but I cannot think of anyONE I would want to be.
At the same time I also never dreamed to be a doctor, or a teacher, or anything else. I do not recall even thinking “when I grow up I want to be a….” This really made it hard when it was time to choose a school after middle school [In Italy, high schools are a lot different from American high schools; they concentrate studies according to the diploma you are seeking, like when here you choose your major in college, you make that decision before enrolling in high school. [For more details on this, you may want to read about it here].
I chose the Magistrali [school designed to train elementary-school teachers] simply because it did not concentrate too much on one subject more than others.
Today I am grateful for having attended Italian schools.