What Did You Want To Be When You Grew Up? ;o)

Lounge By kellertur Updated 14 Feb 2010 , 6:55pm by Peachshortcake

kellertur Posted 6 Feb 2010 , 6:25am
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I am inspired by my child's "I can do anything I try" attitude.
Indulge me... icon_rolleyes.gif You know how kids cycle through these?? ...here are a few of my top choices as a little kid...

~ dentist (until I realized how gross that could be)
~ air traffic controller
~ hockey player
~ ninja
~ comedian
~ EMT
~ Pharmacist
~ Surgeon
~ coroner
~ mortician (4 of my HS friends went to college for this!!) icon_surprised.gif
~ special effects artist (work with Tom Savini!!)
~ hard core drummer (working on this one!) icon_wink.gif

.... I have many interests, and as a kid the possibilities seemed endless...

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Deb_ Posted 6 Feb 2010 , 3:52pm
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lol wow you had a lot of aspirations!

My first memory of wanting to be something was a NUN! lol....my Mom said "you know nuns can't get married don't you?"

So that made me change my mind real fast...lol! I loved that show "The Flying Nun" when I was a kid.

Then from the time I got my first long haired Barbie doll I wanted to be a hairstylist....I used to cut all of my dolls hair and my sister's doll's hair. I got into a lot of trouble for that. tapedshut.gif

So as you can see I wasn't as imaginative as you....being a hairstylist is just in my blood I guess.

indydebi Posted 6 Feb 2010 , 3:56pm
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Teacher ... which at the age of 50, I'm FINALLY on my way to being!
Writer
Own a Business


Just goes to show ya .... all things are achieveable!!! thumbs_up.gif

mkolmar Posted 6 Feb 2010 , 4:04pm
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I wanted to be a professional dancer, a Marine, a writer/poet, an artist, a ninja and a mermaid. I have no idea how that last one would have worked but try explaining that to a little kid.

Ruth0209 Posted 6 Feb 2010 , 4:57pm
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I wanted to be a surveyor when I was small. Somehow, I thought standing in the cold in the middle of traffic holding a stick looked like fun. When I was in high school I wanted to be an attorney and a U.S. Senator.

I didn't do any of those things, but the latter two propelled me into college, and I've done other satisfying things. I think that's the value of dreams like this. It motivates kids to strive for something. And who knows? I could still be a U.S. Senator!!

I know this is meant to just be a fun thread, but I have to say that the girls my daughter knew who got into trouble were the ones who didn't have parents who helped them create a vision of all the possibilities for their future. They looked past high school and saw a big fat blank. I think some parents think it's frivolous for kids to dream about things they'll probably never do, but I think it serves a really vital purpose. Otherwise, we'd just stop trying.

So good for you, kellertur, for encouraging your child!!

prterrell Posted 6 Feb 2010 , 5:01pm
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As a very young child (3-4) I wanted to be a cultural anthropologist.

The rest of my youth I vascillated between wanting to be an architect and wanting to be a writer.

indydebi Posted 6 Feb 2010 , 5:07pm
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I think some parents think it's frivolous for kids to dream about things they'll probably never do, but I think it serves a really vital purpose. Otherwise, we'd just stop trying.



Agree!!

My parent was always telling me that "....you're just trying to be better than you are!" (and always in a hateful, sarcastic tone of voice). If we mentioned even the IDEA of going to college, we were slapped down with "that's for rich kids ... not for kids like you!"

Thank goodness I was one of those rebellious children who refused to listen to such crap! thumbs_up.gif

CakesByJen2 Posted 6 Feb 2010 , 6:15pm
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I don't remember wanting to be anything in particular as a child, but I was always fascinated with dinosaurs, ancient Egypt & Greece and really wanted to be a paleontologist or archaeologist. But I realized there were very few jobs and little money in that field and decided I needed to be more practical. I did take an archaeology class in college, though, and when my kids are older I want to do one of the summer programs where you go work on a dig.

My daughter wanted to be a vet when she was little, then thought she was going to be a professional baseball or basketball player. Now she wants to do "whatever will pay the most amount of money for the least amount of work." Based on our experience with her braces, I suggested being an orthodontist would fit her criteria. We've paid them a heck of a lot of money and we're lucky if they actually spend 10 seconds glancing at her teeth when she goes in.

Ruth0209 Posted 6 Feb 2010 , 6:22pm
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Originally Posted by Ruth0209

I think some parents think it's frivolous for kids to dream about things they'll probably never do, but I think it serves a really vital purpose. Otherwise, we'd just stop trying.


Agree!!

My parent was always telling me that "....you're just trying to be better than you are!" (and always in a hateful, sarcastic tone of voice). If we mentioned even the IDEA of going to college, we were slapped down with "that's for rich kids ... not for kids like you!"

Thank goodness I was one of those rebellious children who refused to listen to such crap! thumbs_up.gif




I'm always mystified by those kinds of comments. Shouldn't we be striving to be better than we are now? I still wake up every morning trying to be a bit better than I was yesterday. To me, that's a lifelong quest.

I've had the great gift in my life of a mother who raised me to believe I could do anything I put my mind to if I was willing to work for it. She always talked about college in terms of "when you go...", not "IF you go...". No one in my family had ever gone to college, and she didn't have two nickels to rub together, but she was going to get me through college no matter what. Best mom ever! Her parents were like yours and she was determined to change that pattern. She's still my hero.

kellertur Posted 6 Feb 2010 , 6:26pm
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Originally Posted by mkolmar

I wanted to be a professional dancer, a Marine, a writer/poet, an artist, a ninja and a mermaid. I have no idea how that last one would have worked but try explaining that to a little kid.




M~ a ninja too? We have more in common everyday!! icon_wink.gif I took Judo in college... used to "jump" out (like Kato from the original Pink Panther movies) and scare the crap out of my male roommate~ ! He's now a black belt and we spar for fun... no costumes though... icon_rolleyes.gif

Indydebi~ congrats!!

Deb~ You are imaginative. Nothing wrong with practicing on Barbie... I used to carve mine when I went though my "surgeon" stage, performed brain surgery on them but thier mind's were empty... icon_wink.gif

Prterrel & Ruth~ Thanks for sharing. I've learned it's not always the outcome of the dream that counts, it's the action and the passion that fuels us to move forward, not become complacent... try new things.
We should encourage our childrent to dare to keep dreaming dispite what others "think" or how ridiculous or far fetched they might seem.

I, for one, never stop dreaming... For me, once you give up and "settle", you're killing your spirit and digging your own grave.

AverageMom Posted 6 Feb 2010 , 6:44pm
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I wanted to be a librarian, and then I changed my mind to teacher. Not very imaginative, but it worked, because here I am, teaching high school and loving every day of it!

JGMB Posted 6 Feb 2010 , 7:50pm
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From as young as I can remember, I wanted to be a teacher, a wife and a mother. I've done all of those, but some better than others!!

I do have a wonderful marriage and raised 2 great kids to be great adults.

The teaching thing, though, not so much!!! icon_lol.gif I taught Jr. High French for one year and ran screaming for my life -- believe me folks, teaching is a tough, tough job.

However, the teaching spirit in me still lives on as a volunteer. I've been teaching the 4-year olds' Sunday School class for 19 years, and tutoring ESL for 12 years. I've also taught classes at my church in Beginning Spanish, hand quilting, and cookie decorating for kids.

LaBellaFlor Posted 6 Feb 2010 , 8:17pm
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I wanted to be a cake decorator since I was 7 and a librarian since I was 12. I also wanted to have 5 kids and adopt 5. I had 7, so close. icon_biggrin.gif

sherrycanary62 Posted 6 Feb 2010 , 9:32pm
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a royal genealogist...no seriously!

I was born on the wrong side of the atlantic.

TexasSugar Posted 8 Feb 2010 , 3:06pm
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I wanted to be a Chef and own a Resturaunt. I figured I'd be an accountant to make some money first. Started college for a business degree and took accounting classes. Then I thought okay teacher, I'll be a kindergarten teacher. That didn't happen.

Years later, I still love cooking but know I don't want to spend all day in the hot kitchen. And while I love cakes I don't want to do that either.

Back in August I joined the family company, and guess what the two first things I learned were.... Payroll and doing the company finacial journal. Of course now I don't remember much from the accounting classes I took before.

G_Cakes Posted 8 Feb 2010 , 8:27pm
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I remember when my father got sick the first time, I told him that I was going to be a nurse so I could take care of him...

Then as a teenager my parents and family always said I should be a lawyer cause I loved to argue LOL....

But I think deep down I always wanted to teach, not necessarily grade or high school but teach a trade or skill to young adults which I did for many years as a corporate trainer for programming and computer software.

My biggest aspiration now to to become a pastry chef =)

mightydragon663 Posted 9 Feb 2010 , 8:02pm
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Growing up, not going to college was never an option. Neither of my parents had gone, but they were he!! bent on us going. I am so grateful for it, too. It breaks my heart to hear of parents telling their children they cannot be something. It also makes my heart soar when I hear about those children who essentially say, "I'll show you what I can and cannot do." Indydebi, you go girl! You are an inspiration!
I wanted to be so many things: a prima ballerina, a scientist, a vet, an artist, a world class gymnast and an actress. Ultimately, I became a physician. Now, I am studying to become a pastry chef. icon_lol.gif Go figure.

ccr03 Posted 12 Feb 2010 , 3:25pm
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The one thing I wanted to be when I was a kid was a mommy. That was it. You'd figure with that one my mind, I'd have kids by now, but nope - 29 & single. But I have faith it'll happen.

Other things a teacher, have a cooking show (I'd make ice cream soup with my mom), and that's about. I really never thought about it.

Now, I want to do so many other things!!! Have my own bilingual magazine, custom bakery, and a marketing/PR firm for non-profits and small businesses.

chelleb1974 Posted 12 Feb 2010 , 4:10pm
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I wanted to be a computer programmer or a Girl Scout Leader.

Neither one has happened yet, lol. Went to college for accouting. I suppose GS Leader could still happen when I have kids!

egensinnig Posted 12 Feb 2010 , 6:23pm
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Actor ( but I'm to tall....no romantic roles for a 6 feet gal...)
Landscaper
Rich icon_biggrin.gif
Own a book shop


I ended up working as an IT specialist in the car industry - how did that happen?????

costumeczar Posted 13 Feb 2010 , 1:28am
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I wanted to be a witch because of Bewitched, but then I realized that crinkling your nose up doesn't make anything happen.

When I was older I wanted to be a veterinarian, but that was kind of gross, or a costume designer/artist, but I realized that didn't pay much, so I went into psychology. After working with severely disturbed children I went back to culinary school for pastry because wedding cakes don't curse at you and try to bite you while you're restraining them.

I'm still holding out for the witch thing, though, some days I come closer than others icon_twisted.gif

auntmamie Posted 13 Feb 2010 , 3:11am
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I want to be a mommy. Sadly, I don't have a steady boyfriend, and I have PCOS, so becoming a mommy will be really tough. I just keep reading Jeremiah 29:11 - that's helping (somewhat).

auntmamie Posted 13 Feb 2010 , 3:28am
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Originally Posted by ccr03

The one thing I wanted to be when I was a kid was a mommy. That was it. You'd figure with that one my mind, I'd have kids by now, but nope - 29 & single. But I have faith it'll happen.




Me too.................

kellertur Posted 14 Feb 2010 , 2:13am
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Originally Posted by costumeczar

I wanted to be a witch because of Bewitched, but then I realized that crinkling your nose up doesn't make anything happen.




My big sister's middle name is Tabatha, because my mother was obsessed with the show "Bewitched"... it's a wonder my name isn't Endora or Daren... icon_lol.gif


I guess I've always dreamt REALLY big ~ it's the thing that propells me forward when I start sliding into a funk. Baking/cakes is never on my "dream" list, but it's something fun that I can do to help make ends meet. I still have many dreams...

Peachshortcake Posted 14 Feb 2010 , 6:55pm
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When I was a kid I wanted to be a few things. A social worker, a chef, and a baker.

Now I work in childcare, doing nannying and part time foster care. That's only until I finish up school, because I'm finally going back to college in September to be a nutritionist and personal trainer.

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