Today was a fitting end to the week.

This week I feel like I have diverted from my original goal—entrepreneurship. At least, I thought that was my original goal.

Rather than learn skills like coding or writing that will help me build a foundation to start a company, I learned about illustration and movies. Today, I learned about storytelling. I found a course by Pixar through Kahn Academy and it has been great so far.

I’ve always loved a good story—telling and hearing them. When I was in 3rd and 4th grade, I wanted to be an animator like my uncle David. In 5th and 6th grade, I wanted to be a fantasy author. In junior high, I fused the two together and wanted to be a screenwriter, though that idea never panned out as far as the others. Somewhere between about 9th and 10th grade, I forgot my childhood dreams, forgot what I loved to do, and tried to find the direction toward a “realistic” career.

Well, I guess today I said hello (once again) to my 10-year-old self. I’m fascinated by the idea of taking an idea, a personal thought, broadcasting it to the world, and making it connect with people. The stories we hear stick with us and can shape our lives.

Think of your favorite movie. Now, think about how you have changed because of that movie. (If you haven’t changed, find a new favorite.) Chances are, your favorite movie is completely different from your best friend’s favorite movie. Even if it is the same, it’s probably your favorite for a different reason.

I love stories.

Really, I don’t think I’m cheating on my original goal. My original goal was to learn and discover. My path isn’t tied to an inclination that I’ve had for two months or even two years. The point of hacking my education is to discover who I am and what I can do.

So I’m doing it.

The fact that I am reconnecting with my childhood dreams reminds me of this song, specifically what he says before he starts singing:

I mean, come on. Newsies. It’s great.


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