What does it mean to “want to be me when I grow up”?

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My username — I Wanna Be Me When I Grow Up — discovered me more than a decade ago. In that instant of discovery it also became my life’s motto.

The story is quick. I was in Chicago for a conference. I was walking by a large office building with floor to ceiling windows on the first floor on a quiet spring Saturday morning. I noticed some art hanging on the wall of the…

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