Are your childhood ambitions different to what they are now?

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  1. waynet profile image67
    waynetposted 14 years ago

    I just wrote a hub page about my tiny experience with my own dream of drawing and how it has somewhat altered from what the original thoughts as a child were.

    And I wonder what childhood dreams anyone else had and whether they stayed true or wandered off the path long ago!!

    I won't put the link here so if you wish to add your own thoughts about this then go ahead it is on my profile somewhere.

    Good day...why yes it is!

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      Donna18posted 14 years agoin reply to this

      I am nowhere close to my childhood ambition of being in the government administrative service.  Perhaps, it was influenced too much by the family atmosphere. I am happy working as an investment consultant in a private company today. I often realize it's not necessarily too late to pursue some of our earnest childhood dreams. I am just sad we didn't have more dreams as children.

  2. Shirley Anderson profile image60
    Shirley Andersonposted 14 years ago

    I'm now doing the only thing I've ever wanted to do since I was 7 - write.  I veered off in other directions for awhile, but came back to it.

  3. SweetiePie profile image81
    SweetiePieposted 14 years ago

    When I was five I told my kindergarten teacher I wanted to be  dentist in South Dakota.  At that time I did not even know where South Dakota was, and I really did not understand how complicated dental school could be.  Today I am happy to live in warming climates and prefer working at libraries and writing.

    1. waynet profile image67
      waynetposted 14 years agoin reply to this

      I remember when I was about 6 years old I said to everyone that I wanted to be an astronaut as I liked looking at people floating in space in films alot and thought it'd be fun!. It wasn't until I saw some of the training you have to go through that I said no I'll stick to my drawing and writing.

  4. Proud Mom profile image60
    Proud Momposted 14 years ago

    You know those books you get when you order your yearbook that you fill out with all the pertinent information at the time:  friends, favorite foods, where you expect to be in 5,10, 15 years......?
    If you look back at mine, you'll see that by the time I was 23 I expected to be married with a house and white picket fence, and by 28 I expected to have 3 kids and a dog.  My friends had dreams of these amazing careers and exciting lives.
    And here I am at 36 married, 3 kids, nice house--no picket fence, but instead an 8 ft-privacy fence because of the 175 lb dog.
    I'm living my dream!!!!
    One day a few years ago, while driving the preschool bus, a friend of my daughter's asked her what she wanted to be when she grew up.  She said, "a mom".  The little girl said, "No, I mean what do you want to BE?".  My daughter replied, "A mom."  The little girl just couldn't understand why she wouldn't tell her what career she wanted.  I giggled all the way to school.  The little girl finally got frustrated and said, "Fine!! Don't tell me!"  Later, my daughter asked me what she had done to make the little girl angry with her.  She had no idea that being a mother wasn't a career. 
    She's my girl!!

    1. waynet profile image67
      waynetposted 14 years agoin reply to this

      Being a mum is actually regarded as a profession and you can actually transfer all the life skills you learn being a mum and put them on your CV or Resume and at least there is nothing wrong with wanting to be a mum, I suppose it could have been worse she could have wanted to be a drug dealer like one of my friends and end up being in prison most of their life.

    2. sassychic profile image59
      sassychicposted 14 years agoin reply to this

      Oh my god! I love you!(what your response was) You're awesome! I really enjoyed what you ahd to say and love the picture of the baby! It cracks me up!

  5. profile image0
    Direxmdposted 14 years ago

    Actually my primary ambition is still very alive today:  Becoming an officer in the United States Army.  I can't wait to get out of college so that I help out in Afghanistan and/or Iraq smile

    1. sassychic profile image59
      sassychicposted 14 years agoin reply to this

      I have cousin's in the Minnesota National guard! Anyway have fun and learn lots!
      ~sasha wink

  6. Proud Mom profile image60
    Proud Momposted 14 years ago

    What a great dream, direxmd!

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      Direxmdposted 14 years agoin reply to this

      Thanks proud smile I really want to go into Civil Affairs or Infantry, I've always had a strong inclination towards serving my country.  I feel that I would be useful there--I feel that I cannot avoid the pull.

      oh, and proud mom, you can call me Mike if you like smile

  7. relache profile image71
    relacheposted 14 years ago

    Absolutely.  I now have realistic, adult ambitions and not childish ones.

  8. Trekkiemelissa profile image67
    Trekkiemelissaposted 14 years ago

    When I was a little kid, I wanted to be a teacher and a computer programmer.  Now I want to be a web graphics designer and a writer.  I'm halfway there on my dream.  I am writing now and am going to college for web graphics design.

  9. AEvans profile image73
    AEvansposted 14 years ago

    When I was a littel girl I wanted to be a singer, I ended up learning the piano . When I was teenager I wanted to be a doctor , needless to say I am a nurse however I am going back for my Doctorate's. One thing that has never changed is that I have always love to write as that is my passion. smile

    1. Proud Mom profile image60
      Proud Momposted 14 years agoin reply to this

      Music, medicine and musing.  It sounds like you held true to your dreams......

      1. AEvans profile image73
        AEvansposted 14 years agoin reply to this

        You know you made me realize that I certainly did. smile

  10. Lissie profile image67
    Lissieposted 14 years ago

    I wanted to be a ballerina then an astronaut then a Vulcan! I have failed to achieve any of them  and up until  I was about 35 I said  I had no idea what I was going to do when I grew up. Now Im 46 my ambition is to retire and never work again!

  11. LelahKimball profile image79
    LelahKimballposted 14 years ago

    If you asked me when I was little, I would have said President--the first female president.  As I got older I realized the real power to change things was in the senate so then I wanted to be a senator.  I think I just wanted to make the world a better place and was looking to do that I thought you had to be in politics.

    But, if you really KNEW me, you'd know I'd read for hours every day.  And I wrote a ton.
    Overall, while my path has meandered, I've usually been somewhere in the writing field, probably a true want.  And I know I succeeded in making the world a better place at least three times—I’m a mom of three.

  12. Janet21 profile image79
    Janet21posted 14 years ago

    When I was a child and saw the movie, "Fame" with Irene Cara, all I wanted to do was be a dancer.   I still have that ambition and believe or not still dream about it, but at age 39 I don't think I will ever realize it.  Unless Dancing with the Stars gives me a call.  So, I settle for dancing aroung the living room with my kids! smile 

    My more realistic ambition now is to make enough money online, so that I never have to work in an office again.  (I spent 10 years working in accounting.)   I would also like to work with kids in some manner.  Since becoming a mom, I have realized that I love kids and they respond very well to me.   So, once my youngest heads off to school, I hope to be able to find a part-time job somewhere working in a school or preschool.

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    Rainbow Briteposted 14 years ago

    When I was younger, all I wanted to do was perform.  Sing, dance, act, it was all the same to me.  I took music and dance classes, and became very active in theatre.  My friends and family were very negative about the whole concept, and I eventually gave up.  It will always be something that I will want, but I guess I'll just settle for singing to the steering wheel and dancing in the clubs on the weekends and acting at work (I'm in retail, acting is a requirement).  Its a childish dream, and I know it.  Now my only ambition is to survive unitl it's my time to take my leave from this world.  I think I'm succeeding at that so far...I've flatlined several times and I'm still here to tell about it!

  14. EYEAM4ANARCHY profile image72
    EYEAM4ANARCHYposted 14 years ago


    In fact, 15 years ago I was a pre-law student planning to work for the DA's office.

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    philosophosposted 14 years ago

    When I was a kid I wanted to grow up to be Apollo or Starbuck in Battlestar Galactica.

    Now though, my choices are a little more limited. I can't be Starbuck without gender reassignment.

  16. LibertyUnchained profile image60
    LibertyUnchainedposted 14 years ago

    When I was much younger I figured I would be a computer programmer...and that is what I did for a good decade.

    I also despised both law and history as law seemed a bit slimy and history was just soooooo boring.

    Today, I am the last thing I would have every anticipated...a rabble rousing student of law and history who trades, writes, and does odd jobs to keep food on the table.

    My poor wife...she really liked it when I brought home 75k...and the drop down to the poverty line has been a real challenge for her.


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