Ambition vs Destiny

I think most can agree ambition is different from destiny. Case in point, my high school graduation book entry.

yearbook photo of Christen McDonald: Ambition is environmental scientist, destiny is to become a genie in a bottle

As it stands here and now, my ambition is to become an environmental scientist but is this also my destiny? We’ll just have to wait and see. One thing is for sure, being in Canada has given me the resources to discover my destiny and maybe other ambitions. I have always had a passion for volunteering: in women shelters, sexual health education and environmental education. So this summer, I tried it all. It was an eye opener and I started to question myself as to why I wanted to specifically volunteer in these areas. It got me thinking that my ambition and destiny do not have to be exclusive but sometimes may intersect.

From volunteering, I found out more about my passions. I found out that I loved volunteering in sexual health but more specifically LGBTQ competency. I love volunteering in environmental education but mainly in waste disposal. My volunteering has helped me to find my voice and gave me the resources to become more knowledgeable. I have also built a support system of friends with similar passions. I volunteer in these areas, because I care and I want to give back. I have so much more to discover about myself and my interests and how these will alter my life course. But one thing is for sure, I am excited and open to these new experiences. One of my favourite quotes is: “Sometimes the dreams that come true are the dreams you never knew you had” (Alice Sebold, The Lovely Bones).

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