On one hand (b/c of my life now, with type 1 diabetes)
-I'm very interested in becoming a doctor, and have a good reason for it, to help people like myself (unlike some of my friends, who aren't sure why they want to be doctors)
-"grow up" faster, learn more responsibility faster, more tolerance and patience
On the other hand (a hypothetical situation without type 1 diabetes)
-no worrying about my blood sugar 24/7
-less chance of serious complications later in life
-I would definitely be a physicist (which I'm still considering, though not as heavily as before)
Any talk about this topic I have with myself always ends with my running. I try to decide if I would be a better runner without diabetes than I am with. I think perhaps having diabetes has given me a challenge to overcome and driven me to achieve my running goals more, as evident through the facts: I have run more than pretty much anyone in my High School Coach's history of XC and track coaching, had a larger improvement in overall times than anyone else I know or have known since I started running, and other things. Perhaps those are simply a matter of my already underlying drive to succeed no matter what and perseverance, and type 1 diabetes is simply holding me back, on those days when my blood sugar "just isn't right" and I can't run (ie, too high or low or whatever).
I conclude, however, that if I were to be cured of t1 tomorrow, I would definitely take more advantage of my running and other physical skills, I would push myself more, knowing, that others without a "hindrance" such as t1 diabetes, waste their talents. I cherish my talents more. Type 1 diabetes has simultaneously held me back and propelled me forward at the same time.