The verb aspire means to want something so much or believe to achieve something.

Synonyms are crave, pursue, strive or yearn.

The word origins from Old French (12th century) aspirer meaning “aspire to, inspire, breathe, breathe on”, and from Latin aspirare meaning “to breathe upon, blow upon, to breathe”. It is derived from ad meaning “to” plus spirare meaning “to breathe”. In 1530s, the literal sense of “breathe, exhale” was rare in English.

What do you aspire to be in the next 5 years?

I aspired to be a popular actress when I was young.

When you were young did you aspire to be the person you become today?