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Dreams

What My Future Holds

by Scott Mattson
November 6, 1998

The following was written by Scott when he was 16 years old.

scott_prom_2Hopefully my life will hold many great accomplishments. I would like to have a family, live in a big house and have a nice car. I would also like to play hockey for the Boston Bruins. If I don’t succeed in hockey, I would like a career with the F.B.I. As with everyone else in the world, I would like to make a lot of money. Eventually I would like to move to California, maybe Hollywood, and live the luxurious life.

I’ve been playing hockey since I was about seven years old. I’ve dedicated my whole life to it. I hope at the very least to get a college scholarship, but my life-long dream is to play for the Boston Bruins. I’ve worked hard, and still do. In the summer, I do a lot of off-ice training with Mike Boyle, the trainer for the Boston Bruins. I also jog, lift weights and do speed work to stay in top shape.

If I get a scholarship to college, I would like to major in Criminal Justice and either become an F.B.I. agent or work for the C.I.A. This type of work interests me a lot.I’m a very adventurous person. If becoming an F.B.I. agent or a professional hockey player doesn’t work out, I would like to go into the military and join a special-forces unit. These units deal with terrorism. I might get dropped on top of a building and work my way down fighting off terrorists and saving people, just like in the movies. Of course, all of these scenarios are just something to fall back on if professional hockey doesn’t work out.

When I’m in college, I want to share a dorm with a couple of friends from Quincy or maybe with kids I know from hockey. I’ll meet new people, do different things, go to parties and have fun. I know college is also a lot of hard work with studying all night for tests, writing twenty page essays, and doing a lot of research.

My preference is to go to a Hockey East school such as, Boston University, Boston College, University of Maine, University of New Hampshire, Providence, Northeastern or U-Mass, Lowell. These are all relatively close to home and they are all great hockey schools. I want to win the national championship at least once while in college and then be drafted into the National Hockey League by the Boston Bruins.

By the time I’m twenty eight years old, I hope to have graduated college and be happily married to a beautiful woman with blond hair and blue eyes. I will have built my own house with the help of friends and drive a nice car, such as a Lexus or a 1999 Mustang Saleen. I hope to have a little boy whom I can raise to be a hockey player. I’m not sure what his name will be yet, but I would like it to be a unique name that many people don’t have.

When my son gets older, I would like to buy us dirt bikes so we can go riding in the woods on the weekends together. I would also like us to have a pair of jet-skis because I love the water. Maybe by now, I would be so successful that I would have vacation homes around the world, in Hawaii, Florida and Alaska. I know this sounds a little outrageous but this is my dream, not reality. Each year I would like to spend a few weeks in each of these places. I would also like to travel the whole world by the time I’m forty years old. I would like to see the Great Wall of China, the Eiffel Tower, Mount Everest and many other great attractions around the world.

When I am older, I would also like to buy my grandparents and my mom a new house and a new car because they have done so much for me. My grandparents and my mom have done so much for me by paying for hockey, buying me clothes, and just supporting me.

I would like to retire from hockey or the F.B.I. when I am no longer able to do the job as well as I used to. Hopefully, I will have grandchildren by then. When I do, we can do things together like fishing, golfing and other activities. I could tell them about my days as a child, all the crazy things I did. I could also tell them about my days in the National Hockey League or the F.B.I. I could tell them about how many goals I scored or about how many lives I saved. I could tell them about all the adventures I had.

This is my Dream of what my future may hold. A lot of this is outrageous but I am willing to do what it takes to accomplish my dreams. I’ve already put the time and effort into hockey and all I need now is to get good grades in school so I can attend college. Hopefully everything will work out. But, by the time I get out of college, the world will be going through immense changes. Who knows what will happen? The world could be over by then and I would not be able to have a child or a house or live my life. The world could be like Anthem’s society where you are assigned a job and you do it – no matter what! Hopefully the world won’t end up like this. Hopefully things will work out for the best and my dreams will come true…