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When you were little, what did you dream you'd be doing when you grew up?

As you grew older, did your dreams change?  Did you end up actually doing what you dreamed of as a youngster?

I used to want to be an architect. I would draw "house plans" all the time. If I saw an interesting 'house' on a TV show or movie, I would try to draw the house plan of it.  The house plan for the 'house' in The Sound of Music was really hard to draw - lol!

I guess I held onto this dream until maybe 7th grade, when it began to be clear that math was not my strongest suit and everyone said that you had to do a lot of math and geometry if you were an architect. After I reached adulthood, I got slightly better at math, so I wonder if I could have pursued this occupation after all.

I ended up being a writer and a librarian, which I think suits me to a T. But I sure didn't imagine this career as a child. I didn't know I was a librarian until I was well into my 30s.

 

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At one point, I wanted to be an Olympic figure skater.  My inability to ice skate was a pretty solid nail in the coffin of that dream. It's ok - I think I just liked the sequin costumes.

From my earliest memories I always wanted to be a singer.

I used to sing everywhere. 

I studied for a number of years.  Then I married.  The singing stopped.

For 9 years.

Worked full time/raised kids/lived

I started vocalizing again about 5 years ago.  I have started some small projects.

It is still my dream.

 

I've always, since I can remember, wanted to write.

I never wanted to be or do anything else.

I started writing when I was six or seven.  A friend of a friend of a family members friend gave me an old crappy word processor (with sticky keys;  I literally had to pound the keys to type) and I was completely addicted.  I wrote constantly.  It's the only thing that is mine and that I feel like I am good at.

I've never given up on it...but as I get older and the years slip by and things get harder and change, I am more aware of the very real chance that it might not ever happen.  I go so long now without writing that when I try, it's almost painful and laborious.  I miss the creative surge and the excitement.  Also, I have a lot of other priorities.  Dream chasin' just ain't at the top of the list (now that's some top notch writin', huh?).

If I hadn't had my son so young, I like to think that I would have gone on to study journalism and pursue that passion.

A-Girl, you could still wear the sequined costumes! That would be a pretty awesome halloween costume actually.

:)

I always wanted to be a vet.  Went to school for a vet tech degree while working fulltime, then 3 credits shy of this I realized my dreams had changed.  That, and I just can't stand animal poo.  It just makes me gag. 

Went for a busienss degree.  Married and had a baby girl, then went back to school and took accounting classes.  Now, I am interviewing for accounting positions.  We'll see how this goes!

That's the wonderful thing about natural gifts like singing and writing ability - they don't cost you anything to practice them.

You can pick those up and run with them at any time.

There are endless possibilities out there waiting for you.  Just keep your eyes open for the one that has your name all over it.

:)

Original Post by crazineko:

I always wanted to be a vet.  Went to school for a vet tech degree while working fulltime, then 3 credits shy of this I realized my dreams had changed.  That, and I just can't stand animal poo.  It just makes me gag. 

Went for a busienss degree.  Married and had a baby girl, then went back to school and took accounting classes.  Now, I am interviewing for accounting positions.  We'll see how this goes!

I'm with you on the poo thing. I love animals, but strong odors, especially strong, foul odors make me vomit.  It's not a good thing if your job makes you vomit.  It would also break my heart to see animals that have been abused, or have been run over or otherwise injured... vets and vet techs are a special people :)

I hope you find a cool job! I always approach an interview with the mindset of How can I be of utmost help to this organization? rather than What will this organization do for me? If I can convince the interviewer(s) that I will make their life easier, I've got a decent shot at getting the job.

So getting to the interview stage has been the critical thing in this economy.

 

The first job I had any kind of interest in having was being a truck driver - the big 18 wheeler kind, I guess I was about 7.  I even had a style in mind - a Mac truck (not Peterbuilt), bright fire engine red with flame details, and I had visions of barreling down the highway, honking my horn for all all kids who did the fist pump thing, and jiving on the CB radio.

It wasn't too long after that I learned about Sally Ride and decided I wanted to be an astronaut.  Not sure why I stopped that one, but then I declared I wanted to be a pharmacist like my dad.

In my teen years I kind went into undecided mode, then I took advance physics my sophmore year in high school, where I met Mr. Brewer, who inspired me to consider engineering.  While I didn't know specifically what field, I stuck with that, and didn't really discover my current field until my Junior year in college.

When I was a kid, I played a lot in my room by myself.

I played teacher, Arabian princess, pirate, gypsy, artist, drew pictures of ballgowns. When I was older, I drew more, read a lot, wrote bad poetry for a while, journalled, sang, acted, learned to play the guitar. Later I started painting, and finally started writing my first story in 1998. It is the writing that gave me the most satisfaction.

As far as a career though, I wanted to be an attorney.

I sell stuff.

*sigh*

Original Post by nomoreexcuses:

Original Post by crazineko:

I always wanted to be a vet.  Went to school for a vet tech degree while working fulltime, then 3 credits shy of this I realized my dreams had changed.  That, and I just can't stand animal poo.  It just makes me gag. 

Went for a busienss degree.  Married and had a baby girl, then went back to school and took accounting classes.  Now, I am interviewing for accounting positions.  We'll see how this goes!

I'm with you on the poo thing. I love animals, but strong odors, especially strong, foul odors make me vomit.  It's not a good thing if your job makes you vomit.  It would also break my heart to see animals that have been abused, or have been run over or otherwise injured... vets and vet techs are a special people :)

I hope you find a cool job! I always approach an interview with the mindset of How can I be of utmost help to this organization? rather than What will this organization do for me? If I can convince the interviewer(s) that I will make their life easier, I've got a decent shot at getting the job.

So getting to the interview stage has been the critical thing in this economy.

 

Yup yup.  I have another interview tomorrow with the Ohio State University.  Hopefully this one will go better then my last one where I was visibly directionally challenged and almost mentioned the Enron fiasco (i.e. company's former parent company...oops!!). 

I am happy to be called in for interviews in this economy!  Stiff competition for sure.

I wish I could write.  Really write.  That would be a great gift to have.  Those who have it are blessed.  

It's funny...I'm so envious of really talented people who pursue their dreams and get to display or show off their craft and have obvious confidence in what they do.  I rarely consider that I could be one of them.  (Not that I would say I am "really talented", but I know I have a skill.)

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In 6th grade I wanted to be a dance teacher. I was taking tap lessons and I was good. I quit in 7th grade. A big regret.

In high school I wanted to be an elementary school teacher. I had zero guidance and had no clue how to make it happen. Sooooo I worked at a child care center. Took some classes many years later and was a preschool teacher. This makes me think I should look at what it would take to be an elementary  teacher.

 

For a really, really long time, I wanted to be a fashion designer. I wanted to design and make clothes that any woman would feel good wearing. I wanted to make the world beautiful with my colors, fabrics and vision.

Then, I had an interest in becoming a politician. But I don't fit the political mold, so that dream died somewhat quickly. I wanted to inspire kindness and understanding, I wanted to make the cogs turn smoothly.

Then I decided I would be an attorney. Defend those who can't defend themselves, defend our laws and change the antiquated.

I'm an accountant. I crunch numbers and am the tiniest bit of elbow grease in making sure that hospitals and clinics that serve the underserved continue to be funded (even minimally).

 

 

Original Post by lbh:

I'm an accountant. I crunch numbers and am the tiniest bit of elbow grease in making sure that hospitals and clinics that serve the underserved continue to be funded (even minimally).

Yay!  You make a difference.  :)

Original Post by lbh:

For a really, really long time, I wanted to be a fashion designer. I wanted to design and make clothes that any woman would feel good wearing. I wanted to make the world beautiful with my colors, fabrics and vision.

 

 I don't know if this is what you had in mind, but I still think that there is a lot of room for growth and development in plus sized fashion.  I know we've come a long way, but I still see that the plus sized corners of most department stores are full of either really matronly, drab, old fashioned clothing...or really loud, tacky, cheaply made and overly sequined stuff.  We can do better.

Original Post by nicepumpkins:

Original Post by lbh:

For a really, really long time, I wanted to be a fashion designer. I wanted to design and make clothes that any woman would feel good wearing. I wanted to make the world beautiful with my colors, fabrics and vision.

 

 I don't know if this is what you had in mind, but I still think that there is a lot of room for growth and development in plus sized fashion.  I know we've come a long way, but I still see that the plus sized corners of most department stores are full of either really matronly, drab, old fashioned clothing...or really loud, tacky, cheaply made and overly sequined stuff.  We can do better.

I definitely agree that plus sized fashion has a way to go. I know that some people feel that catering to the plus sized woman is in some way endorsing an unhealthy life style. I don't. Catering to the plus sized woman is giving every woman the opportunity to feel good about themselves at any size. Curvy, plus sized, fluffy, fat...call it what you want, but my clothes shouldn't scream it to every person who lays eyes on me.

When I was very young, I wanted to be the usual: teacher, vet, Pippi Longstocking.

In junior high, I decided I wanted to be a mathemetician. As a matter of fact, that is what I wanted to do all through high school. I loved numbers! Then I took calculus. Twice. Then I didn't like numbers so much anymore. :(

I was always fascinated by any kind of natural science (except physics) in school. I've finally decided to go back to school and finish my degree...in clinical laboratory science. I am so excited!

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Original Post by nomoreexcuses:

Original Post by crazineko:

I always wanted to be a vet.  Went to school for a vet tech degree while working fulltime, then 3 credits shy of this I realized my dreams had changed.  That, and I just can't stand animal poo.  It just makes me gag. 

Went for a busienss degree.  Married and had a baby girl, then went back to school and took accounting classes.  Now, I am interviewing for accounting positions.  We'll see how this goes!

I'm with you on the poo thing. I love animals, but strong odors, especially strong, foul odors make me vomit.  It's not a good thing if your job makes you vomit.  It would also break my heart to see animals that have been abused, or have been run over or otherwise injured... vets and vet techs are a special people :)

I hope you find a cool job! I always approach an interview with the mindset of How can I be of utmost help to this organization? rather than What will this organization do for me? If I can convince the interviewer(s) that I will make their life easier, I've got a decent shot at getting the job.

So getting to the interview stage has been the critical thing in this economy.

 

Yup yup.  I have another interview tomorrow with the Ohio State University.  Hopefully this one will go better then my last one where I was visibly directionally challenged and almost mentioned the Enron fiasco (i.e. company's former parent company...oops!!). 

I am happy to be called in for interviews in this economy!  Stiff competition for sure.

Best of luck!

I wanted to be the garbage man who rode on the back of the truck because he didn't have to wear a seatbelt.

Mom crushed my dream when she told me that garbage smells bad.

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