My Previous Plans to Be a Model… And How They Didn’t Turn Out So Great
I found something reeeeeealllly funny the other day. I was digging through my old belongings (you can either call it trash or keepsakes—either word is probably applicable), and I found a list I had made at age eight. Yes, I was an obsessive list-maker, even back then!
Anyway, this list is color-coded in magenta and blue, and it’s basically a plan for my life. It’s titled, “Rachel Coker: Timeline: What I Want to Accomplish” and it’s pretty much the most intense life plan I’ve ever seen a third grader make. I was a lot more nerdy back then, or can’t you tell? 😉
Apparently, I had some pretty lofty plans for myself. I’d explain in further detail, but maybe I should just copy the list for you first.
AGE WHAT I WANT TO ACCOMPLISH
9 Get my ears pierced
10 Read 100 books
11 Be a great horseback rider
12 Have a large selection of yummy lotion
13 Start wearing makeup
14 Win the national spelling bee
15 Try to raise one thousand dollars
16 Get my driver’s license
17 Get a computer in my room
18 Move into my own house
19 Have a large shoe collection
20 Take acting seriously
21 Make my own line of fashions
22 Star in my first movie
23 Make a few more movies
24 Become a fashion model
25 Become engaged
And there you have it. Apparently, by age twenty-five, I must be an engaged movie star with her own fashion line and serious horseback-riding chops.
Seriously, though, this list cracks me up. Because what did I know about life at age eight? I was an awkwardly tall, pudgy kid with few friends and dreams of one day wearing makeup and starring in movies. (My predictions were way off, by the way. I couldn’t wear much makeup until I was much older than thirteen.) I was still dorky enough to put winning the national spelling bee on my list, but I didn’t seem to care much about school or friends. My idea of success and a happy life consisted of an acting career and large shoe collection, culminating with a big diamond ring.
As embarrassing as this list is for me to look at now (and reminds me strangely of another list I wrote a few years later….), it also makes me chuckle. Oh, to be eight years old and still be looking forward to a glamorous future. Almost ten years later, my life definitely looks a lot different now than I’d expected. Yes, I have my driver’s license, but I’m not some kind of jet-setting diva with five boyfriends and Armani sunglasses. I may have an agent, but he’s more preoccupied with marking up fourth-drafts of novels than setting up interviews for me with Katie Couric.
Sometimes it’s funny how life turns out for us. Usually it’s in ways we never would have expected. But that’s what’s so great about it! I’m definitely a “life for the moment” type of person. Nothing thrills me more than to know that every moment of every day is unexpected and exciting. I don’t know where God will lead me in the next few years, but I’m sure excited to see how He’ll mess up all my plans and provide a better future than me than I ever could have hoped for myself.
Also, it’s great to know I don’t have to worry about getting engaged for eight more years. That’s a relief! 😉