What I Want to Be When I Grow Up

What I Want to Be When I Grow Up #NaBloPoMo

What did you think was the coolest job in the world when you were younger?  Do you still feel that way now?

I guess, really, that depends on how you define “younger”.  My first Hallowe’en costume, I dressed up as an old lady (ok…technically, my parents dressed me as an old lady).  I don’t know that I really wanted to be an old lady.  Of course, I suppose it’s better than the alternative.  But being an old lady isn’t really a job.

When I was 14, I dressed as the Queen of Hearts for Hallowe’en.  I think I would have made rather a good Queen.  I’m very good at drinking tea with my pinky up.  I can definitely rock a tiara.  I wouldn’t mind being admired and dressed and waited on hand and foot.  It would likely mean that yoga pants and t-shirts were out of the question though…and of course, I had some issues with birthing babies…my hips aren’t wide enough.  And there’s the whole shaking hands with tons of people.  So…maybe I wouldn’t have made a good Queen.

When I was about 17, I decided I was going to be a lawyer.  I worked in a law office straight out of high school and through my first two years of college.  I took the LSAT (Law School Aptitude Test for those of you out of the US) as I was completing my Bachelor Degree.  My results weren’t shiny, but they weren’t horrible.  As were my marks.  But I wasn’t very good at planning, and I didn’t know who to ask for help (or, quite possibly, I didn’t look for it).  So I didn’t end up going to law school.

As I didn’t know where I was going, or how to get there, I ended up taking a job where my mother worked. And I got married. To the Goblin King (still not a Queen though—unless you’re a Goblin, you’re not allowed to take the title, and I divorced before I became one). I know now that I didn’t want to be the Goblin King’s wife when I grew up either. Nonetheless, I did and do want to be the mother of his two children. And I am.

Now, I’m still working in the same place. I’m fairly content. I’m paid well, and I’ve got 17 years in. If I stick around I have a good pension coming. I’m likely going to do that. But at this point, when I grow up, I want to be a writer. Oh look.  I am.

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13 thoughts on “What I Want to Be When I Grow Up

  1. I’m SO glad you are a writer! So what was the job you took where your mom worked? I feel like I should know… sorry!!

    I dreamed of becoming a famous singer. I wrote music and played for years- before I had the kids. Now my music has long since disappeared and all that journaling and writing I have done all my life has become my new creative outlet and purpose. Same passion still lives on through my words. 🙂

    • I started as a secretary – I’m in the communications department now.

      Ahhh…I love to sing. Mostly in the shower and to the detriment of anyone who can hear…

      And your passion certainly does live on!

  2. tamaralikecamera says:

    I pretty much always wanted to be a writer, and mostly always a photographer and a mother, but I definitely dreamed about being a movie star somewhere in there. And a filmmaker. And a trash collector. (??)

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