My life goal when I was a kid was to be the chef for the President, and then I decided I didn't like that idea so much. So I planned on becoming an airline pilot, but then that seemed too boring so I thought about becoming a fighter pilot. Those were the big aspirations, sprinkled in between were the usual firefighter, train engineer, police officer, logger, cowboy, and all the other stuff that kids dream of becoming. As of about 16 years old my most immediate goal is to become an Eagle Scout. I have been working on it, taking bites out of the elephant so to speak, ever since then.
As I get closer and closer to completing my goal I am pondering a new one to work on. My purpose for life is to glorify God, that is the whole reason I exist. There are however many ways to glorify Him, and that is where ambitions come in.
First off I want to graduate high school with a 3.9 GPA. But once that is done I actually start on the epic journey of life, that school and scouting has been working to prepare me for.
I want to be able to serve my God, my family, my country, and my community throughout my life. Things that I enjoy are being outside, helping others, and working hard. The armed forces, especially the coast guard, would fulfill most of those, I would be outside, helping others, working hard, and serving everybody. The wonderful thing about the coast guard is that after twenty years of service you have earned a retirement, with full health coverage. If I join right out of high school, I will be retired by the time I am thirty-nine. During the time of my service in the coast guard, I plan on learning as much about sailing ships as I can. I would then like to build a ship, take my family if I have one, and sail it around the world. I don't plan on setting a speed record, the whole point would be to explore as much of the world as I could and continue to serve God and country. The coast guard is really a means to an end; I am sailing around the world. That is my dream. The Coast Guard would provide income and knowledge that will be invaluable. My actual plan for my trip will change as I learn more, but I do know that I want to spend a lot of time in the Mediterranean Sea, Northern Europe, and the Caribbean.
A journey like that is apt to make you either sick of the sea, or addicted to it. If I am addicted to it, I will probably give tours around different coasts, or get a job at some marina. The options are really endless, and they are ever changing. I'm not actually the one that chooses what I will do, my life is in God's hands and I will do whatever he directs me to do. These are just some ideas for him, just in case He can't think of something. If he tells me to do something besides sail around the world I will. But in the meantime I am going to pursue my sailing dream.