- Herb Morrison
- May 13, 2013 - 10:38
Mr. Butler. It's really interesting that I, a member of the sixty-plus generation am still asking myself the question, which you, a young adult have posed. Who DO I aspire to be? I believe that my search for personal identity, which I also believe is a life-long, never-ending process, is contingent on my having and never losing my ability to aspire as long as I live. If I lose my desire to aspire, I lose my ability to grow as a person. Should I lose my desire to aspire and grow as a person, I will not realize the extent of my potential to improve or make a difference in either the quality of my own life of that of others. When I die, and those who knew me in this life examine the impact I might have had on their lives, they will undoubtedly have different opinions as to who I was and what I achieved in my lifetime. Whether their opinion of how I lived my life is positive or negative, I would hope that those who knew me would be able to recognize, that by the manner in which I lived my life, I never lost my ability to aspire to discover my full potential to make a difference, despite the challenges, which I had to overcome to be who I am. The chief challenge to my achieving individuality either as a young person or, nowadays, as a Senior citizen, is pressure from either individuals or groups of persons, within the society, of which I am a part, to comform, even if it means surrendering my sself-esteem and my identity as a person.