I want to read and learn all I can, write thoughtfully and truthfully, live according to reason and ever more mature wisdom, and savor every wonderful little gift of life.
What kind of person do you aspire to be? Do you want to be compassionate? Or is courage the quality you most desire? or responsibility, or wisdom, or integrity? Whatever good character qualities you would like to have, be encouraged:
“It is what we aspire to be that colours our characters—and it is our trying, not just our succeeding, which ennobles them.” –A. C. Grayling
The character quality I most want for myself is wisdom. I look at Gandalf in The Lord of the Rings and Dumbledore in Harry Potter as visual symbols of the kind of wisdom I seek to have—the thoughtful, listening, restrained attitude of a wise elder. I’d love to be like them. (If you don’t know offhand what qualities you aspire to, ask yourself who you admire, and what it is you admire about them—there’s your answer.)
Whether or not I ever attain that kind of wisdom, what really matters is now; it is my pursuit of wisdom that makes me who I am.
And it is your pursuit of being the kind of person you want to be that makes you who you are.