When I was a kid, I wanted to do/be several things at various stages in growing up process:
I wanted to be in the Air Force...Made it to Ssgt (E-5)
Wanted to be a Firefighter/Paramedic....Retired as Assistant Chief
Wanted to be a cop....Served as a reserve Sheriff's Deputy
Wanted to be a trucker...Accumulated 1.5 million safe miles (over-the-road truck drivers measure their careers in miles as opposed to years). Owned my own truck for a while.
Wanted to be a reporter....had to drop out of college when I got sent to Korea, never restarted my studies.
Wanted to be a writer...you tell me....
I've done most of the things I set out to do when I was 12. Had a few setbacks, hit a few obstacles, got distracted a couple of times. But to quote Larry the Cable Guy, I got 'er done.
Had a few surprises along the way: got married, had a house full of kids.
Which brings me to where I am now on the way to wherever it is we're all going. And now, I'm gonna enjoy the middle to final stages of my kids growing up, spoil the grandkids- have 2 with #3 due in 6 weeks, kick out a few half-sensible articles and op/eds, have some fun, help out when and where I can, figure out what I'm gonna do next and try to leave the place in a little better shape than I found it.