Character. | Who Do you Want to Be?

"Character" by Eric Christopher Jackson


Dear Readers,

I believe that it is important for you to get to know me better as a person. Although I am extremely focused on my goals, I am also a shy person. I do not like to be the center-of-attention. However, in order for me to move forward, I have to get used to presenting myself in front of crowds more often. With this in mind, let us start at the beginning…

Character. While I do not remember much of my childhood, I cannot forget the late afternoons around First and Second Grade. I would finish my chores and complete my homework as swiftly as I could because my favorite cartoon aired at 4:30pm.

Yes. The Transformers. The Leader of the Autobots, Optimus Prime, was my Hero. Dare I say, Role Model. No matter how daunting the situation, Optimus Prime would show up to save the day. No one could battle Megatron one-on-one, save Prime, and few dared to try.

Not only was Optimus the coolest Character, he was a good guy at the same time. I thought to myself, ‘I want to be the good guy, so I can be like Prime.’ Of course, I received toys for Birthdays, Christmas, good Report Cards, etc. Meaning I had plenty of Transformers on display around my room…

Oddly enough, my Mom refused to buy any Decepticons for me. I had only a room full of good guys to play with. I tried to explain to Mom that Good guys can’t fight other Good guys, but she did not budge. Autobots only.

I suppose that helped shape my Mentality, which was probably her idea. I needed to stay away from Evil characters while surrounding myself with Good characters.

Years later, I sit here thinking about my Career. What do I want to offer people? What type of person am I? Who do I want to be? While browsing through the Store last weekend, I found this hoodie. I had to purchase one. In the Style of the 80s cartoon, the Autobot Insignia reminded me of who I want to be…

I want to stand up for what’s right. I want to speak the Truth and live my Life with Integrity. I want to Inspire others to do the same.

I want to be a Good guy.
Eric Christopher Jackson

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