“In the future, I predict that a lot of changes will take place in my life. I might have completely different interests, feelings, opinions, and values. Of course, no one can tell the future, but I know that these different views might enter my mind. Even though I might have some of the same friends, I’m going to be very different from the eleven year old girl I am today.”
I have my teachers to thank for that. I recently unearthed not one, but three autobiographical works by yours truly. I’ll be highlighting some amusing bits on Throwback Thursdays.
This edition features Chapter 7 of my autobiography, “All American Girl”: My Future Dreams. I’ll be typing it exactly as it’s written on paper, since that is half the charm. This was clearly before spell check was invented. I will also add [the reality of what happened] in brackets, nearly 20 years later.
High School Shenanigans
"Here's how I see it. Megan Marsh [my maiden name], student at Lynbrook High School [this was the high school I would have attended, had my family not moved from San Jose to Federal Way, Washington two years later], getting all A’s [I got close to all A’s and took AP classes. GPA was 3.75], yet nervous about college [I only applied to one school and I wasn’t nervous about it. I got in]. Yea, it’s true, but there’s alot more to it than that. In my high school years, I see myself as a cheerleader who can still keep up her grades [that’s exactly what happened! I did cheer for three years]. Sure, I don’t exactly look like a cheerleader now [I was chubby], but there is a lot of time ahead of me before my Lynbrook years [I lost weight the next year]. Besides being involved with sports, I think that I will want to join a few clubs. I’m interested in choir, band, and drama club [I joined none of these clubs]. Of course you probably ask how can I possibly keep my grades up, and also be involved with all of these time consuming activities. Well, right now, I even play an instrument [the piano, which I hated and only played for two years], and I do fantastic in school. Whew! I guess that about sums it up for high school.”
“Well, now that I’ve graduated high school, I’m off to….hmmmmm….Point Loma Nazerine College….or Berkeley? Oh, which one should I choose [I chose Seattle Pacific University in Washington]? Let’s see, Point Loma is closer and has better surroundings, but Berkeley is more challenging! Alright, I’ve made up my mind, I choose Point Loma. It has people of my own Christian faith, and I’ll probably never have to face the temptation of drinking, smoking, or doing drugs [hilarious!]. Horray for me! Choosing a college is a very important decision. It decides what you will major in, and what kind of job you will get. Right now, I want to have my name in the theatre, and I hope to be a star [I don’t even remember wanting to be in show business! I think I had done a few church plays at this point]. But if I don’t make it into show business [didn’t happen, didn’t try], I hope to be a singer [nope] or an artist [I still consider myself an artist. I paint, write and take photos in my spare time]. With this in mind, I think I will major in Graphic Designing [great! A major that doesn’t even exist! I majored in journalism.].”
Finding “Mr. Right”
“After four long years of college, I am finally ready to get out into the real world [the real world is much scarier!]. I am not going to get married until I find “ Mr. Right “ [so glad this really happened]. After he is found, I am going to get married, but wait to start a family. If I had children too soon, I might not be ready financially to start a career, and be a mother at the same time [good lord, how was I so responsible?]. I’d have the responsibility to nurse and care for a human being, and I don’t think that I will be ready for that the first year of marrage [we’re expecting our first child in January, 2.5 years after our wedding]. However, once I get my career going, being a cartoonist [WTF????], I might be ready to have children [because cartooning and procreation obviously go hand in hand]. I would live with my husband in Monterey, California, right by the ocean [we currently live in Pittsburgh. There is no ocean here]. This would be great because we could stroll along the beaches, and if we had children, they’d have tons of fun on the wharf and making sandcastles [we’ll do this on future vacations]. I’d like the weather always in the 70’s.”
My Life as a Married Woman
“I think that I’d have a schedule for each day. Say, first, I get up, brush my teeth, shower, and dress [groundbreaking stuff]. Next, I’ll make breakfast, and take the kids to school. Then, at about 9:00, I’ll go to work. I’ll come home at about 6:00, and make dinner. At 6:30, I’ll call the kids in, and we’ll have a nice family meal [sounds wonderful!]. After dinner, the kids will do their homework, and I’ll relax [guess I won’t be helping them with said homework]. At 10:00, I’ll go to bed, and get up at 7:00 the next morning. In my free time, I, Megan __________ [Sharma], will probably enjoy cooking and sewing [the only thing I’ve ever sewn is a bandana. But I love cooking]. If my husband really loves me, he’ll watch the kids when I’m exhausted [are you listening, Arun?].
When 30 Happens
“By the year 2013, I will be 30 years old. YIKES! I could never see myself being that old, but it has to happen sometime [truth. And I’m almost 31]. Well, anyway, when I’m 30, I think that the medical world will be A LOT more advanced. Doctors might even find a cure for cancer, and AIDS [still working on that]. It would save millions of lifes if they did. I think that the world will have long completed, and perfected the solar car [I was right about one thing]. Then we would have a less polluted world, and a better environment for plants and animals [if only].
Well, that’s enough humiliation for one night. Stay tuned for the next edition of my autobiographical Throwback Thursday.