Do I contradict myself?

Do I contradict myself? Very well, then I contradict myself, I am large, I contain multitudes.
-Walt Whitman

This quote has stuck with me since high school.  It puts me at ease with the prospect of not knowing where I will be in five years, or ten, or twenty, as well as the hope that at each milestone I will be in a very different place but equally happy.  It makes me realize that there are many things I want to do, and that it is ok that I want to do all of them.  It helps me accept how complex humans are and that there are no simple answers and there is never truly a way to understand anyone else.  People will always be surprising and forever changing.  I think that’s the beauty of it, you think you know someone well, but then they change and you realize you will always have something new to learn about them.  This applies not only to others, but also to yourself.  I think it is part of the reason I cannot seem to settle or define what I would like to do with the rest of my life (in that traditional, I want to be a doctor way) because it is not something I can’t even put my finger on.  On that note, here’s another favorite:

My favorite thing is to go where I’ve never been.
-Diane Arbus

In five years, ten year and twenty years, I want to be doing things I had never done before. I don’t want to be doing the same thing for the rest of my life just like I don’t want to be the same person for the rest of my life.  I want to spend my life exploring.  Getting to know new places, new experiences, new people.  I want to look back and know that I have never stopped learning.

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