When people ask you what you want to become in life, what do you say? Here's a reproduction of a conversation I recently had with someone I recently met. A slightly older person.
Me: "Hi, nice to meet you!"
New person: "Nice to meet you too! So, what are you doing right now? Are you a student?"
Me (smiling): "Oh no, I'm not studying. I'm taking a break right now"
New person (obviously confused): "Oh, so what is it that you are doing?"
Me (still smiling): "I work as a research assistant."
New person: "Oh, good heavens. Is that what you want to do in life?"
Me (consolingly): "Hm, well I really enjoy learning about health and medicine. So I want to go farther in that field."
New person (eyebrow raised): "Meaning... you want to be a nurse?"
Me: "No, sorry. I explored that field and it's just not for me."
New person (persistent): "You know, they make quite good money."
Me: "Yes, I know. But I like my current research more."
New person (confused): "Oh... so that's what you'll be doing for the rest of your life?"
Me: "I'd love to do research throughout my life. I'm applying to medical school and want to continue doing research."
New person: "Wait, medicine?! That's a tough one!"
Me (sigh): "... Yup."