Question 1: What are your goals and ambitions in life? How do you plan to achieve them?
If someone were to ask me what my goals and ambitions were a few years ago, I might have said something like fortune, a nice house, or to be able to swipe my credit card without worrying about the amount I just spent. Maybe I would have described a certain luxury car I wanted, or the various tropical destinations where I would want a vacation home. Ask me now, and my answer is a little different.
I have a lot of goals and ambitions in life. Some short term, and some long term. Thinking ahead and having long term goals is definitely important, but I like to always keep a list of short term goals on my mind too so that I am constantly striving toward something. For example, a short term goal I have right now is to put all my effort into this essay and win a scholarship! I am a huge believer that smaller ambitions lead directly to larger life goals. If I work hard and put in the time for this essay, I could win a scholarship. If I win a scholarship, I am one step closer to transferring to the college of my dreams. See what I mean?
As far as long term ambitions, they are quite different than what I would have said a few years back. My goals are no longer materialistic and shallow, but are very meaningful and real to me. Yes, I would love to have success and maybe a fortune, but more than that, I want to be happy doing whatever I’m doing. Whether that is working a minimum wage job or being my own boss, I want to be content and happy with the job I have. Not only that, but I want to be able to provide for my family, should I choose to have one. I grew up with an incredibly loving and supportive family who gave me a childhood better than I could have ever asked for. A huge goal that I have is to be able to give that same life to my children.
Throughout my life, I have come into contact with a few people that I can definitively say changed my life. These people have been my biggest inspirations and role models, and have touched my life in a way that I can’t even begin to explain. This leads me to one of my biggest ambitions- I want to be an inspiration to someone. Along with being happy, I want to spread my happiness an positivity to those around me, whether it’s my future kids, a friend, or a random person I see in the supermarket. The older I get, the more I realize that change starts with one person, and I want to be that person. I want to radiate positivity, I want to inspire people, I want to be the encouragement that pushes someone to be brave and step out of their comfort zone.
I’ve always been an artist, and I also hope to touch people through my art. A long term goal I have for myself is to one day open up my own gallery, filled with controversial and emotional pieces. I want my art to really make people think and give them a new perspective on life and politics. Hopefully, through my personal art, I can touch someone the way that my own inspirations have touched me.
What are your goals and ambitions in life? That is a question that is probably answered mostly in terms of success or fortune. However, my answer is in terms of inspiration and emotion. Whether it’s short term or long term, my ambitions will always be focused on the good they can do for others. Who knows, maybe just writing this essay will be an inspiration to someone. And if you ask me, that’s a goal good enough writing for.
Question 2: What is your vision for your future home? What new technologies do you expect to see?
My future home is a concept that I dream about daily. Where will my home be? What style will I decorate it with? What technology will it feature? After many years of thinking and imagining what my dream house would be like, I have finally perfected the vision in my head.
The first thing I see when I picture my future home is a modern house with massive windows. It sits on the Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu, California, right on the ocean. The front walls of the house are made entirely of glass, and can contract up into the ceiling to create an indoor-outdoor feel. Outside, there is a shady spot under a large leaning tree with dark grass and a stone patio. A sparkly chandelier hangs from a low-hanging branch of the tree, suspended directly over a wooden outdoor dining table – the perfect spot to sit in the morning and watch the fog.
I see myself spending a lot of time in the kitchen of my future home. The cabinets are smooth and black with chrome hardware. The shiny dark green subway-tiled backsplash sits behind a white marble countertop with plenty of space for food preparation. There are no upper cabinets, just open shelves made of glass. In front of a small window, there is a large sink that self-cleans after I’ve prepared a meal. Next to the refrigerator sits a mini appliance that washes a single dish in 6 seconds, perfect for reusing your dinner plate for dessert, or switching your glass from tea to a post-dinner cocktail.
Upstairs is the master bedroom, and it’s one that I see in my dreams. The room is large with 20-foot ceilings and a black statement wall behind the California king-sized bed. A small cleaning robot is mopping the white-washed hardwood floors on its way to the decadent walk-in closet. My beloved shoe collection is stored in a large, enclosed glass shelving unit that works like a vending machine. Along with keeping the shoes safe, it prevents them from being damaged or collecting dust. With my phone, I can select a pair of black Saint Laurent boots from the top shelf, about 20 feet above, and they are brought down to me on a narrow shoe escalator. There is a glowing pedestal in the center of my closet, and, again, I can use my phone to choose an outfit. Looking into a large gold-framed mirror in front of me, I can “try on” several outfits, each showing up on my body as if I were wearing the clothes in real time. The clothes I choose will be brought out to me from the depths of my closet on a revolving clothes rack.
The focal points of my future home are the large windows featured in every room of the house, all with an ocean view. Each window is floor-to-ceiling, and can contract upwards, opening up the wall to the outside. They can also be tinted dark enough to where no light gets in, at the touch of a button. No need for curtains or blinds!
This is the home I dream about on a daily basis. It’s a place that I have perfected to a tee in my mind, and I can’t wait to make it a reality in the future. Hopefully, some of the mentioned technologies will be available to me by the time I build my dream house, I would kill for a shoe vending machine!