So what are you going to do when you graduate?
Although it is essentially the same, old question, they now expect a different, more refined answer. To humor those who ask, I have already planned a set of routine answers that I readily dispense. ëCivil servantí, ëBankerí, ëLecturerí or ëJournalistí I would say, not meaning a single word of it.
The question has changed, it no longer asks about your dreams, it asks about your ambitions. Ambitions reflect practicality, where your decisions are based on realistic considerations. Practicality is a result of maturity where you prioritize rational needs of fantastical desires. Dreams are exactly that, fantastical wants which serve no practical purpose but to satisfy your whimsical desires.
Ambitions do not interest me, dreams do.
© Peters 2000