When you were a child what did you want to be when you 'grew up'.
Me: I used to play 'school' and wanted to be a teacher. (which I am not-I'm a nurse).
I wanted to work in a candy shop so I can eat candies all day long
I am not sure if this is weird - but I never had anything I wanted to be when I was a child. I never even wanted to go any special place or do any special thing. Maybe it was because I read a lot from my sister teaching me to read before I was five - she wanted to be a teacher, no tv or computer etc etc so teaching me became the game.
So, the sidebar here should have been--and did you reach that goal or any part of it.
@Moxy--boy does that bring to my mind the Lucy episode of her working in the chocolate factory and eating all of the chocolates rolling down the line. LOL
I wanted/want to be a house wife, married with a family.. Still working towards that goal. on the way i'm becoming a fashion designer.. as a back up haha but my dream is to have children. It's odd because i wasn't brought up for that to be my main goal in life
I wanted to be a jockey, but when I hit 6’1” at eleven, I had to try a few other things. At forty-three I still don’t know what I want to be when I grow up.
That's funny--Hey, I wanted to be a jockey at one time in my life as well. (seriously), but that was in the day when girls weren't jockeys. Until the first came along...first name Robin, can't recall her last name. Oh well. I still enjoy horses.
I wanted to be a dancer and a singer. None of it came true. I never wanted to be married with children. I have 3 of them! Talk about irony of life!
I wanted to be a writer ever since the 4th grade when I won a local writing contest. The accolades and attention I received really did a number on my ego back then...lol But then life happened, high school, military, college, family etc. I got excited about writing back in 95' when one of my screenplays took 2nd place in a regional contest and later optioned for quite a few pennies. It was never produced but that's all it took to ignite that passion for writing again.
I wanted various things in my latter childhood but have been assured by far too many family members and friends of the family for it not to be true that I had three ambitions as a pre-schooler. I don't recall it but apparently I wanted to be one of the following:
1) An astronaut (what little boy in the 70's didn't!)
2) A Church of Scotland Minister (because apparently I thought that my working week consisted of getting up in the pulpit and talking about God for an hour every Sunday morning!)
3) A burglar (this one was never explained!!!)
These were all when I was under the age of five, so I suppose that it is little wonder I became a full time writer. At least I've always had an imagination!
PS - Apparently my grandmothers in particular used to hate me being asked what I wanted to be when I grew up. "Burglar," was a rarely anticipated answer...
@ Gordon H--How funny (burglar). That beats out my wanting to be a HOBO at age 9. Although my mom laughed I had a perfectly good explanation--you got to travel around seeing places, sleeping outdoors, and enjoying the fruits of everyone's labor--I envisioned me 'picking' veg and fruit off of people's property (w/o getting caught of course).
My mom tried to explain that it was considered trespassing and stealing, but I didn't see it that way.
I haven't gotten to the 'hobo' part, but I have been around as a travel nurse, so I guess that comes close.
There's been some very interesting responses here along with some twists in fate.
That's funny. I wanted to be a hobo, too. Also a singer, dancer, philosopher, shill, gun moll, actor, call girl, oh and my favorite to this day - cat burgler or super spy.
Wow! That is funny...we could have been on the road together. Oh, yes, and I also wanted to be a mom (which I am), a ballerina (which I was for awhile), a jockey, a cowgirl, a gypsy (THAT I HAVE BEEN travelling around all over), a priest (go figure) and a nun! (glad that never happened).
cat burglar--see Gordon Hamilton's post above. You two could have made a team! LOL
I wanted to be a nun like Sister Maria in The Sound of Music.
On some unconscious level, tho, I must have also wanted the hot Captain Von Trapp. *Christopher Plummer -- hubba hubba*
i wanted to stay at home like my mum
been at home for seven months now and just got a job- too much of a good thing
Anyone else interested in adding their 'what I wanted to be when I grow up' information?
My brother was an altar boy and he used to "give us communion" with Necco wafers!!
I wanted to be a carpenter age 10.
Later a singer- which I still want to be. American Idol take me!
I wanted to teach~ yes
help others~ yes
own a bookstore~ not yet [even working in one would be fun]
My mother told me that when I was very young, I always talked about being one of two things: a flight attendant or a nun. Thankfully, neither one panned out.
Anyone else out there that wants to confess their early career dreams?
I recall wanting to be a disk jockey at a rock and roll radio station. I was too timorous though.
What a bummer--of all the thousands of hubbers and whatever number happen to follow the forums, only 20 people (myself included of course) have answered this question. Disappointing.
That's unfortunate, Denise. I guess they're too embarrassed to admit to any childhood dreams, or they can't remember.
Of course there's nothing stopping anyone from making something up or being wildly inventive...
Just wanted to be a teacher... Never was a regular one.. just on and off.
Thanks timorous for your support.
Sofs-that's cool. Actually, that was what I originally wanted to do. I think I may still do it after I retire from my job. I always thought I'd be teaching somewhere for the Peace Corps.
That's awesome, I love to teach..somehow Never ended up doing that.. but now when I get an opportunity to teach I never let go...
May be some day, I just want to read stories to little kids, just to make it more amusing and lively...I dream on...
I LOVE reading stories to little kids. It's one of my favorite things to do. In fact, my daughter, who is an elementary school teacher, has invited me to her school on several occasions to play 'story lady'. I always enjoy it (and the fact that her students don't know that I'm her mom...and then, after they find out they just are 'amazed' that Mrs. A has a mom...hahaha. You know how kids don't see teachers outside of the classroom as having other lives!)
That is so cute... I wish I could be there with you...
Kids are so cute... love em..
by Susan Reid 11 years ago
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