I said to the sun
“Tell me about the big bang”
The sun said
“it hurts to become”
You know what, society? I can do and be anything I want. I am a creator, with a special skill set that not everyone has. I give form to my own and others ideas and dreams. I can build anything you ask of me, I can find creative solutions to any problem you throw at me, and I can design and make products you use every day without you even realizing someone’s hand and thought went into it. I go to a school specialized in creative problem solving and making discoveries through succeeding from failure. I don’t sit in classes and memorize what is told to me, to eventually find a job where I am asked to repeat the same task in a cubicle. Yet somehow, that is the norm for our culture’s perception of success.
I wish society would shake itself from the stereotype of artists never becoming much of anything in a world of the dying arts. We are engineers, and if anything, can succeed in making something out of nothing. We can take your breath away, stop you in your tracks, and make your heart race. We challenge the ideas of society and find a way to speak in silence. We are brought in to lift up what has fallen, and with help and a little bit of paint on the walls, we can inspire people of all kinds to find hope in the wreckage. We are historians and record keepers for our time, our similarities, and our differences. With this, we bring people of all kinds together through the language everyone speaks.
Ultimately and most importantly, we are dreamers. Our careers have no end. There is no salary cap, no rank we can’t climb past. We can be anything, and as mentioned before, we learn from failure, so the knee jerk reactions to our dreams only add more fuel for us to continue to seek success.