There is a quote from a webtoon creator/ author that I really like.
Journalists and office workers ask this question the most. As someone who has accomplished his dream, they ask me how I view them.
When I contemplate about it, I really wonder if I’ve accomplished a dream. The more I think abot it, I realize that this may not be true.
A dream isn’t about simply becoming a cartoonist, a scientist or a celebrity. These aren’t dreams. It’s about what you do in your position. I think that’s what a dream is. How a certain profession is fulfilled is more important than the profession itself.
I spent my 20s with so much yearning. I yearned excessively. I came to Seoul to draw as soon as I failed my college entrance exam. I went through rough patches and even slept on the streets. That’s how I lived. I somewhat had a desire for revenge. I was burned with a lot of anger. I was consumed with the thought of success. The cartoonist I dreamed of becoming was nice, humorous and cool. I dreamed of becoming an artist who produced great works. But the person I saw in the mirror was different from who my younger self envisioned. I realised that I became a monster. About being a cartoonist, I have to think about what words would describe me as a person.
I hope people will stop mistaking occupations for dreams. When ask children what their dreams are, I hope we don’t get an occupation for an answer. We should ask them what kind of person they want to be.