Friday, June 6, 2014

What Did You Want To Be When You Grew Up?

When I was a little boy, I had two dreams. I either wanted to be a marine biologist and study the Great Barrier Reef, or I wanted to work as a conservationist and study the Mountain Gorillas of East-Central Africa. I used to spend hours watching Jacques Costeau documentaries, which sparked my interest in marine biology. And I used to spend hours and hours reading and re-reading Diane Fossey's biography Gorillas in the Mist, which detailed her pioneering work in studying the mountain gorilla. 

I also considered becoming an Indiana Jones-style archaeologist, but I didn't look right in the hat. 

When you were little, what you you want to be when you grew up??

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  1. When I was little, I wanted to be either a teacher or an author.
    Guess what?
    At the end of this month, I'll be retiring after 25 years of teaching. Well, I say retiring, but more like changing my career ... to writing. I'm the author of 3 books, with 2 more scheduled to come out in the next 18 months.

    So I guess I lived the dream, huh?

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  2. I wanted to work in computers and graphics, and that's what I ended up doing. I also wanted to be a rock star and minored in music - and now I'm in a band. Who says you can't accomplish goals?
    Ironically, I never wanted to be an author. Not sure how that happened...

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  3. Oh I had lots of great ideas....I wanted to be a farmer, a cowboy (slight problem there), an archaeologist, a teacher, an artist, a figure skater.....I haven't grown up yet so I've still got time.

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  4. When I was little, I played with dolls. I sewed clothes for my dolls and I dreamed of being a mother and having the perfect mother and homemaker. I also wanted to be a teacher.

    I got married, got 4 children and taught ceramics. Not the teaching job I was envisioning but I did teach my children to be polite, kind and loving and many other lessons of life.

    Hugs,
    JB

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  5. Oh I am positive you would have pulled off that Indiana Jones-style archaeologist, thing:)
    I always wanted to be a writer and I am so still holding on to that dream. Someday and I won't need a hat. B

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  6. I was just thinking about this the other day. We moved a lot when I was a child . My father had a job that took us all around the United States and some of Europe. I didn't appreciate that much as a child leaving behind friends and sometimes pets. NOw that I am older I do appreciate having been a bit traveled and having seen so much, learned so much. But back to the point, as a child I always yearned for roots a place where I could have all my animals and just be in nature in one place and call it my haven ~ I have that now in my wonderful little farm . I also wanted to teach ~ and I do that in a way with teaching about the animals when children visit the farm as well as working with people and their horses. Last but not least I always yearned to write ~ and I suppose in a fun way the blog helps fulfill that :)

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  7. I mean, you don't haaaaaaave to wear a hat to be awesome. :)
    I started out marine biology too because I loved dolphins and then it was an author for a bit. When I hit my teens it was a lawyer and eventually politics but after seeing the bf going through law school, I think I made the right choice doing counseling. :)

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  8. I wanted to be a vet until I found out you had to deal with animals that were hurt. I knew that would be hard on the heart and decided instead that I wanted to be a school teacher. My dolls were good practice for the job...but I think I was a bossy teacher to them. :)

    We used to watch Jacques Costeau. :)

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  9. Honestly, I had no idea back then and I have no idea right now. :/

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  10. Your childhood ambitions were much more lofty than mine. I was undoubtedly influenced by the fact that I was raised in Southern California. I wanted to be an actor or a private detective (like Philip Marlowe).

    So I became a musician and a writer. Go figure......

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  11. I actually think the Indy hat would look good on you ;) I always wanted to be a teacher when I was growing up -- but thankfully for the children ... I did not pursue that --- just when having Brookie's birthday parties with 10 kids around ... *sigh* I ain't got patience for all that! LOL!! :)

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  12. I wanted to be a doctor or a psychologist. I am neither of those. LOL

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  13. A baseball player. I couldn't reach home plate from the mound and I was afraid of the ball when at bat. Failure!

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  14. I wanted to join either the Royal Navy or the Police Force.
    Sadly, I ended up doing neither!
    Forensic science is my life-long passion. :)

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  15. I wanted to become a doctor :)

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  16. A writer, always and completely. I never had another career in mind, so it was a bit of a shock when I left school and discovered I needed a job to survive!

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  17. You had some grand life dreams. You became an existentialist; which is just as cool as the careers you dreamed of (possibly cooler).
    Since I was 11 years old, I've wanted to be a nurse that worked with the elderly. For as long as I can remember, I have had a special place in my heart for the elderly. I absolutely and positively adore them and find it extremely life-giving to spend time with them, take care of them, etc.
    My childhood dreams are becoming a reality as I work my way through Nursing school.

    I also wanted to write a book.

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  18. donna tartt ;-) that's what I reply. still some work to do to grow, though

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  19. What I wanted to be when I grew up changed quite a lot over time. I think one of the first things I wanted to be, when I was just a wee lad, was probably a fighter pilot.

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  20. ha. i wanted to be a cop...a detective actually...and i went to college for it and even took some FBI classes...and interned...but decided i wanted to work more directly with people and went into counseling instead.

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  21. A gentleman farmer. Sadly, I don't have the right build for it. ;-)

    Seriously? A veterinarian and farmer. Instead I became a Joat. (Jill of all trades.)

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  22. A writer. :)

    I went through periods where I wanted to be a writer AND a lawyer, a writer AND a psychologist, etc. But writer was always first.

    Madeline @ The Shellshank Redemption

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  23. Aww Brian you make me smile.yes I remember I wanted be a missioner and go to Africa to help people.
    Now I would add save animals in Africa.
    Ah Im sure you would be an amazing Indiana Jones:)

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  24. I've always disliked grown-ups. Some of my aspirations were zoology, studying wildlife of the Serengeti, archeology, and astronomy. I wanted to be a writer-and I did self-publish one book!-and a mystic. In the end, I've aspired to be a renaissance man...

    And you've read enough of my stuff to know I quirkily believe I got to be what I wanted to be when I grew up ;)...

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  25. hmm...they say these childhood dreams are important indicators to what you would be happy doing. I just wanted to work in an office.

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  26. When I was growing up I always wanted to be a beautician. Didn't happen but I have been happy!

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  27. i wanted to be a secretary - for my sister who was going to be a vet. she did become a vet-tech for about a decade. i was a secretary for a firm that then morphed into bookkeeping to accounting.

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  28. an artist. but my dad told me to get a REAL job...being an artist doesn't make a living, he said. So I became an art teacher.

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  29. haha I wanted to do the Indiana Jones thing too. Or a baseball player.

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  30. I always wanted to be a writer, but I would link that up with other things that sounded interesting. Like a writer and an archeologist (I seriously wanted to be one). Or a writer and a music teacher. I also wanted to be a journalist. So I eventually got to where I wanted to be. :-)

    After I saw the movie Gorillas in the Mist, I, too, dreamed of studying and writing about animals. That movie remains one of my favorites.

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  31. I was almost certain I was going to grow up to be a bird. I remember sitting out in my own little patch of woods with sunlight streaming through the pine trees... lying on my back .. .the smell of pine needles ... ahhhh

    I wanted to be a bird. I also thought that when my dog or cat was going to have puppies or kittens ... that a kitten was a girl and a puppy was a boy.

    I lived in wonderful fairy tale ... I'd still like to be a bird... an Eagle... protected and gorgeous and soaring high ...

    yep

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  32. I didn't want to do a female type job when I was growing up. It was the 50s and girls were nurses or secretaries. No. Not doing that. I became a cop and that was perfect for me. I retired as a lieutenant from our local Sheriff's Department. My last assignment was commander of the Men's Jail. It was what I was meant to do.

    Have a fabulous day. ☺

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  33. I know this may sound corny, but so be it. :) I wanted to be a good person like my father! He was kind, caring and a very gentle soul. I was thinking more about what kind of a person I wanted to be than what kind of a job I would do, because, I feel that even then, I knew that if I could be a good person like my father that whatever I do in life I would be happy. :)

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  34. i had so many dreams. i wanted to be a dolphin trainer first but then i realized i was terrified of being in deep dark water. then i wanted to be an astronaut but then realized you had to be good in math and physics. then i wanted to be a vet but i learned that it wasn't all about cuddling cute animals but injecting them with shots and doing a lot of unpleasant things too. my husband and i still talk about "what do you want to be when you grow up" (or sometimes what do you want to do when you win the lotto) - lol - we both want to somehow work with animals.. i asked him "even if it means picking up elephant poop all day?" he said yes. i somehow think i'd be ok with that too. :)

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  35. Both your choices fit with one another very nicely. Did you end up doing anything like that? I wanted to be a prima ballerina, and once my career was ended, i wanted to live in a little house in the forest with a dancing bear. Still do, but i'll substitute my boyf for the bear.

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  36. I wanted to be married to a forest ranger or conservationist so I could live in a place like yellowstone national park or at least in the woods somewheres-lol
    I did retire to the woods.
    dating ourselves-at least 50 years ago when hubby was in his 20s he was really into scuba diving-which back then the gear was heavy etc, anyways he had the opportunity to meet Jacques Costeau and his son and his calypso at a Chicago diving shop for a speech he was giving about his new ideas for diving equipment-afterwards hubby was part of a handful that were welcomed aboard his calypso and ask lots of questions etc I thought that was pretty cool

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  37. I wanted to be independently wealthy

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  38. I wanted to be a vet or a writer. Don't know why I ended up with psychology. Well there were so many other things I wanted to do, I guess I just have too many interests. Haha.

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  39. I wanted to be a mom and have 10 kids! I ended up having 1 child and several vocations. We never know where our path will follow us and I'm glad we're on it together. Have a fabulous weekend Keith and en-joy!!

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  40. I wanted to help people in need, and somehow all my jobs related to that....

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  41. A cowgirl ballerina, of course.
    (duh)

    xx

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  42. There was a time I wanted to be a writer or an artist. I also wanted to be an actress (well.... Not seriously) and then a secretary. I had all kinds of ideas, but I just didn't want to end up spending my life working as a pineapple trimmer at Dole factory.

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  43. I wanted to be a writer, a mental health counselor/therapist, and a visual artist.

    Go Indy!! I think many boys wanted to be him, my husband did too :)

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  44. :-)when I was little I wanted to be a vet coz I love animals and my dad is a vet. Later I wanted to be a writer. journalist,lawyer, teacher and dancer....I did my masters in journalism and worked in a newspaper in India...had a short stint at teaching..
    I would love to be a teacher again.......because I think that would make me more happy....

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  45. the indiana jones archeologist idea sounds really cool. when i was little i wanted to be a teacher. then very soon i realised i don't have the patience to be a teacher. on the 2nd grade i knew i wanted to be an astronout. until my mom told me to be an astrounout, i should be dealing with numbers and math. i found my path on middle school. i wanted to be a war-journalist :) of course, my mom yelled. haha. if i get the chance to go for coverage or filming stories about war, i'll definitely go.

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  46. I adored Jurassic Park when I was little, so naturally I wanted to be an archaeologist up until about the fifth grade. Then I gained an interest in plants and decided that I was going to be a farmer! Through high school I wanted to be an occupational therapist with the Navy and just go into rehabilitative medicine in general, but wound up being a cosmetologist, which I am quite happy with right now. =D And, of course, I have always kept up with my love for poetry and writing. That can follow me anywhere I go!

    Thumbs up for Indiana Jones. No one better!

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  47. aw. I recall so much of my dreams from when I was little. I wanted to be everything. From the smallest of jobs like being a bank teller (I liked how they handled the money..haha) to being a teacher and to wanting to be a high powered executive in advertising (random). Everything inspired me and thinking about this now (as an adult) I miss the aspiration that came so easily from everything around me.

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  48. when i was very young i wanted to be a ballet dancer, though maybe i just told people that because I was taking ballet lessons. i was hopeless as a ballet dancer. When i was a little older i wanted to be a conservation scientist then i wanted to work in adult education, which is what i currently do, part time. I've always wanted to write, but never saw it as a career as such

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  49. I wanted to become a green grocer

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  50. I wanted to be a veterinarian! Still do, kind of...
    And just to let you know, I will be closing my blog for a while, but will still be checking in on my favorite blogs (like yours!) ~

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  51. I wanted to be a humanitarian. (Yeah, I was a weird kid.)

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  52. I, too, wished (still wish though :/ ) to become an Archaeologist .... I've a love for ruins ... always felt a pull towards antiquated buildings or possessions ...

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  53. does the hat really look that good on anyone other than indiana jones? haha. i wanted to be a ballerina my entire childhood-- the gracefulness, the pretty tutu's, the music... it all felt magical to me. but, i learned quickly the severity of it and i think what i really preferred was the simple joy i got out of it rather than making it into a real life career. but even throughout that childhood dream, i always wanted to write.

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  54. I wanted to be a dancer for the longest time. Then I wanted to be a teacher, which I did get to do, and loved it.

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  55. So what do you do now? Did I know this and forget? When I was little, my greatest ambition was to be a private secretary. Due to the show "Private Secretary". I played secretary with makeshift desks. Next best was a nurse.

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  56. I wanted to grow up to be Dale Evans. When my mom told me I couldn't change who I was I told her I was still going to be Dale Evans. I guess it was the next best thing to a cowboy. : )

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  57. I wanted to be a wife and mom. And, of course, be HAPPY in both positions. Success!

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  58. I don't think I did want to grow up. Which is just as well because I haven't. And it may be too late now.

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  59. I've always loved writing and when I grow up I want to be a writer.

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  60. Interesting question. Hmm .... I wanted to be lots of things as a little girl ... all of which centered around being 'famous'. Terribly shallow, I know.

    Luckily I grew out of it. Give me a quiet life away from the spotlight an old day. Preferably tucked up in a loft surrounded by teetering piles of books writing a novel.... which is exactly what I'm doing :)


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  61. I watched too much of the Brady Bunch and wanted to be an architect. I also wanted to be a teacher.

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  62. I wanted to be (and still want to be) a mermaid! :)

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  63. When you said Marine Biologist I immediately thought of George Costanza. My, how Seinfeld has permeated my brain. :) I loved books, so I wanted to write a novel like Gone With The Wind. Then I had the overpowering urge to be a mom. No regrets.

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  64. I didn't know. And I still don't.

    http://joycelansky.blogspot.com

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  65. Oh.. Keith I think you would have looked fabulous in the Indiana Jones hat :)

    When I was growing up I wanted to be a teacher for a good 10 years, then I saw how children really acted in school as I got older and realized I didn't have the temperament to deal with the children... I do have the utmost respect for all good teachers out there, that is really a very hard job.

    Have a great weekend and thank you so much for your very kind and sweet comment on my blog :)

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  66. ok, I have to say that I chuckled when you said you wanted to study the mountain gorillas of east-central Africa. That just sounded funny, but actually marine biology is such a cool thing to get into. I used to watch the Jacques Costeau episodes too. Secret........I would have loved to been a model when I was young because I was tall and thin, and then when I had kids, to be quite honest, I didn't want to be anything but their mom. I was a Photographer for a time, and would have loved to continue to do that.

    ~Sheri

    ps Indiana Jones is one of my favorite Disney rides.

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  67. I think I was destined to be a teacher, though I didn't really have that as a "grown-up dream." I happened to be sort of a reading tutor for a neighbor child who was having difficulty, and I enjoyed that. There is something about feeling as though you have made a difference in someone's life that is motivating to me.

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  68. I always wanted to be a teacher. Then I got pregnant in my senior yr and my hubby (for 25 yrs) was against me working. I never saw my dream come true, and now I am disabled and can't.

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  69. First I wanted to be a nurse. Then I wanted to be a pilot and a writer of paperback westerns. Then came art, sometimes I even have made a living at it but mostly not. I still make art. Sometime in my 40's I realized that our lives are our works of art and the creativity can go on as long as we live.

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  70. When I was a child, I wanted to be a farmer because I love animals. In high school I wanted to be a marine biologist because I had discovered sea creatures. I ended up a cartographer, which was a darn good job for me. In retirement, I'm a rancher, which is close to a farmer, so I guess I've come full circle.

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  71. That's a tough one. I don't remember wanting to be anything until I reached adolescence. I wanted to be a football player.

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  72. I don't even remember what mine was.

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  73. oh this question brings a smile to my face. I remember my dad asking me this when I was around 5? I went off and wrote a list. A whole page long. Why limit yourself? ;-)

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  74. Great post and laughed when you said you the Indiana Jones hat would not suit you - hah.
    I always wanted to be a nurse or a ballerina when I was little.
    Happy weekend
    Carolyn

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  75. I wanted to be a farmer. Pure , plain and simple...farmer. I didn't even get close to being a farmer.

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  76. I wanted to be something different almost everyday. Pilot, train driver, policeman, scientist. I still am deciding/struggling, let us see where it gets me :-)

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  77. Well Keith now that you have the leading lady, go off and do the Indiana thing - the hat won't matter!
    When I was little I wanted to grow up to BE my grandmother or very much like her. I thought her to be the smartest, and most admirable woman walking the earth.

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  78. When I was a kid I often played 'teacher' and often played 'hospital.' I really never wanted to work in a hospital. I sort of wanted to be a teacher. I considered a few different things....social worker, secretary, newspaper writer, teacher. I became a teacher. Now if I could be a kid again I think I would like to be a veterinarian! Smiles.

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  79. I wanted to be an animal attendant in a zoo ... and became one ... in a sense, because life is a zoo ... smiles ... (actually, it's psych nursing, that I finally chose) ... smiles ...

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  80. I wanted to grow up to be a movie star. I just couldn't decide on which one.

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  81. I wanted to get on stage and play like Pink Floyd to an adoring audience ( I still want that)

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  82. i doesn't had an idea then... but later wishes to become a graphic designer :)

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  83. I also wanted to be journalist -- specifically a TV anchor like John Chancellor. I studied journalism in college, worked as a newspaper reporter for a while, quit to raise children and ultimately ended up as a high school English teacher.

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  84. Definitely an athlete... I was for awhile.
    then.. a musician,.. I was for a while.
    Other than that I felt if I had to 'work' for a living I'd like to be a careers adviser or a secondary school teacher.

    I'm an adult careers adviser now, and training to be an academic.
    I still love the things I loved as a young child in many ways
    I like helping those who may need it most - i like a cause :)

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  85. I used to entertain dreams of being in the military years ago but ended up serving on the mission field in many countries. I'm so glad for that...it's blessed me so much...fact is it's how I met my wife!

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  86. Before I knew there were many choices, I selected the typical stuff...doctor, nurse, teacher, etc. When I started to realize that there is more to life, I started to zoom in on animal professions like working in a zoo or being a doctor them. When I reached my teens, I began thinking of being a veterinarian, but ventured away from that as I started to discovered that there were endangered species that needed help. So, I began to dream about working with them, hopping around the globe to make a difference, and living a nomadic life for quite a few years while I saved them; at least I dreamed about doing this while I was a young adult. In fact, I wrote a short post about that last week here: http://plowingthroughlife.blogspot.ca/2014/05/our-lifes-journey-may-change-as-time.html

    Well, that didn't happen for many reasons (my life's journey went a different way), but I've never stopped thinking about it, wondering what it would have been like had I followed that dream.

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  87. I wanted to be a psychologist and understand people ~ Now I am working in a very technical field in an insurance company ~ Have to be practical nowadays ~ Interesting career choices you had when you were a child ~ I wonder why you didn't pursue it ~ Have a good weekend Keith ~

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  88. Are you ready for this one? Either a jockey or a horseshoer!! (Farrier)
    I got too tall and leggy to ride race horses. My dad talked me out of shoeing horses for a living. He said that by the time I was 30 I'd be crouched over permanently with back problems.
    I'm mostly a professional dreamer now. ;)

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  89. Keith, when I was little I wanted to be a medical doctor mostly. I also thought that being a baker/chef would be nice. Now in hindsight I would have loved to have pursued a career in dancing.

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  90. When I was little I wanted to be a vet and own a horse farm.. My job as a Fiscal Technician with the local government does not come close.., LOL!
    Have a happy weekend!

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  91. I once got in trouble in school because I told my teacher that wanted to be an Assassin. What can I say, movies made it look so cool.

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  92. When I was young (7-8ish), I wanted to be Nancy Drew! Then I wanted to be a forensic pathologist, a sports therapist. But not once did I ever say "Hey, I want to be a flight attendant when I grow up." How silly of me!

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  93. I've always been a dreamer!
    As a little girl I had a favourite book called "A Dream of Sadlers Wells" about ballet, so I dreamt of being a ballerina.
    I love that children dream of being something special when they grow up!
    They can be anything they want.

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  94. I wanted to be a movie star...just like Olivia Newton-John. Yet I spent all my time reading...I thought you couldn't just choose to be a writer--you either could do it or not. Oddly, I didn't think acting worked that way until I got to high school and auditioned for plays and realized acting actually DOES require talent...

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  95. Times were different when I was young. As a woman, it was a disgusting thing to think about having a career outside of the home. If I had my present mindset today, I would still feel the same, but if I had grown up in today's culture, who knows what my thoughts would be?

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  96. I wanted to be a vet, but then I realized that I didn't want to see animals in pain. I really just wanted to help them. I also wanted to be an actress or a model and I shot that down pretty fast.

    Eventually I realized in high school that I wanted to be a teacher but I couldn't figure out in what until my Ecology class. After that I just wanted to show people all of the cool things about nature!

    Eventually I could still do some sort of show like Bill Nye, but all about the environment. But that's still a dream for now.

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  97. You never said what you actually ended up doing? I wanted to be a dancer, air hostess, hairdresser, writer, artist but ended up doing something I had never considered - working in an office - my mum and dad said that I would never be out of work - guess they never knew how times would change. I did fulfil one or two of my dreams though - I cut my husbands hair, I write in my spare time and I paint too - so all was not lost.

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  98. Gosh! So many things! A police officer like my Dad...that was a dream for a while. Great post, Keith ;-)

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  99. First, I wanted to be in Abba - singing, dancing, replacing Agnetha when she got tired.
    Then, at twelve it was a vaguer idea of being 'rich and famous.'
    High school it was to be a comedy actress.
    Post university? To get a job, ANY job.
    Now? What I am; a freelance writer.

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  100. I went from wanting to be a copper (typical boy's dream) to mechanical engineer (two of my cousins were mechanical engineers and it sounded so colol until I realised you had to know about maths and use it. I gave up there and then). I, then, fell in love with foreign languages.

    Greetings from London.

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  101. I wanted to be so many things I lost cont. First was a flight attendant, veterinarian, astronaut, doctor, prosecutor, psychologist...then just happy.

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  102. I wanted to be so many things! A doctor, a veterinarian, an astronaut, an actress, an Olympic gymnast, an Olympic figure skater.

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  103. I wanted to be a special education teacher. I also thought about the marine biology, but realized that I hate science lol.

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  104. Astronaut, Firefighter, or Flight attendant. All 3 still appeal to me. I love occupational therapy though, so I'll stick with that and continue to admire the fascinating wonders of the universe.

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  105. I wanted to be a veterinarian but then I found out that I might have to put sick animals to sleep and that changed my mind. Then I wanted to be a mortician and I called the coroner's office to see if they had an intern program so I could get a feel for it before hand and one of the county coroners actually offered me a job. I got hired to go pick up deceased people, put them in body bags and load them into the van and bring them back to the coroners office. The only requirements were that I had a valid drivers license and could lift 100lbs. I can easily life 100lbs *shows muscles* did that for a while until I had to pick up someone who hadn't been found for 4 days. Yep, after that day I knew this was not my kind of job.

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  106. I wanted to work in conservation - but education seem to have done me fine.

    Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

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  107. I wanted to be a brain surgeon... :/ Thankfully I am a lawyer. :D

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  108. Hi Keith .. I had no idea .. and still don't - perhaps explains a few things!! Still it's been an interesting life ... and should get more interesting - never thought I'd write ... cheers Hilary

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  109. I wanted to be a nurse. I'm really happy I grew out of that. I would've won the Most Horrible Nurse of the Year Award many times over.

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  110. I've always pretty much wanted to be an artist. I went through a stage where I thought it would be cool to be a private investigator. I still have that trait. When I know something happened in the news that intrigues me I actually Google it, and try to find more information about the story. When someone from my high school passes away I try to find out how. I'm not always successful, but sometimes I am.

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  111. In my day not many girls thought of anything other then getting married and having a family right out of high school. Not of my choice I became a landlady. I did enjoy being a housewife and mother. Loved rearranging the furniture so my husband never knew where the bed was going to be when he came home from work. Loved being able to play with my girls.

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  112. Frankly speaking, I never wanted to be anyone when I was a kid, I just wanted to play play and play. The only other thing that I enjoyed was watching movies.

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  113. I wanted to be a colonel in the army and a lawyer defending the rights of the down trodden...I am neither of the two!

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  114. I wanted to be an actress and a writer - I was one at an amateur level only and now I'm the second... So not bad going!

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  115. I've always had an interest in marine biology, which is why I became a SCUBA diver. When I was a kid, the two things I remember wanting to be was an astronaut or an opera singer.

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  116. I was going to be an explorer of the East.
    Instead I got stuck in the UK.

    What did you actually become?

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  117. Keith,

    My ambitions were quite varied, as age moved onwards!! At first I wanted to become an Air Hostess, a teacher. Then, a forensic scientist, social worker, or nurse in the army corps!!
    In the end, I chose nursing in Belfast, Northern Ireland, which brought fulfilment of some of my previous wishes, though in different ways..Now writing just about completes my wishes, as that was always present in the background:)
    Eileen

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  118. Anything with animals is perfect for you, honey :) Maybe you should pursue that dream again! And I would love you Indiana Jones style :D Can you do it for me, please? LOL
    I wanted to be a physician. For as long as I can think. That's why I started working in medical research. But I didn't pursue the dream further once I realized that health insurances and politics don't make it so easy to just help people. I'm happy I did walk along that path so I'll never feel like I missed out on my dream. I'm happy with what I'm studying now even though it has nothing to do with medicine anymore. But I've always loved maths and everything technical, so I feel at home with engineering, too :) I'm curious what will come next, when I finished studying :) Somehow I don't feel like I'll ever grow-up and settle on one job or career path forever, I need to explore to not get bored. But no matter where it takes me, all that matters is that I am close to you, always <3

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  119. all I can really remember is wanting to be a mother...and now here I am...a mother with a career that I love!

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  120. Aw, come on, I'm sure the hat looks better than you think! When I was a kid I thought I wanted to be a nurse (I think that's what my parents wanted me to be). I worked as a volunteer at the hospital during my high school years; that showed me that being a nurse was not for me. I did always like to write, so ending up as a writer seemed to work out well. :)

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  121. Hi Keith,
    Many thanks for the visit and kind words,(and follow) much appreciated.
    Growing up I always wanted to be a teacher (like my mom) and that was my chosen career until I became a mom.
    Loved teaching and love being a mom
    Smiles

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  122. I wanted to design houses. I spent my allowance on home plan magazines and graph paper. To this day, I'm not sure why i didn't study architecture... Now - i pretty much just want to be retired so that I have time to garden and take photos and read and cook and sew and.....

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  123. I wanted to be a vet and work in an antique shop. After a journey spanning years - I eventually became a nurse.
    Kind regards
    Anna :o]

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  124. I don't watch TV, haven't in years ... nor do I watch the news, haven't in months ... intead I work on a very busy acute psych ward ... smiles.

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    1. ... "instead" ... I hate mistakes ... smiles ... Love, cat.

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  125. Hey Keith,

    I never grew up. I'm still that little boy, complete with the childlike innocence and inquisitive wonder of it all. The little boy wanted to be a writer or a clown. I think I'm a bit of both.

    A good day to you, kind sir.

    Gary

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  126. When I was little, I wanted to do what my mom did, which was accounting.
    I changed my major a hundred times in college, though, and ended up with a degree in Philosophy.
    I was completely surprised when, at 25, I got my job in brokerage accounting and I LOVED it, and I've been there ever since. I guess I knew what I was talking about when I was 5.

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  127. I was a curious child and that hasn't changed much, but I don't recall truly ever saying I want to be ______ when I grow up. When I was a kid I do remember that I wanted to work--to have a job. I always admire people that knew exactly what they wanted to do when they grew up.

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  128. I wanted to be an architect, but my guidance counselor convinced me I would be a failure. Though I made straight As and became the first black high school valedictorian, my self esteem was low so i believed it.

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  129. Marine Biologist or Archaeologist both sound amazing- I love Indiana Jones!! I always wanted to be a teacher- I literally had lots of cousins and I had a big chalkboard, desks and I made a classroom and I was always the teacher! I would collect old books, old test & homework papers that the teachers would give me that they no longer used. I would pass them out as homework and tests :-) It was awesome! As an adult, I am great at teaching skills to others, but my job is nothing like a teacher's- I am a Paralegal now.

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  130. I wanted to be a veterinarian. Years down the road though, I realized my stomach was too weak for a job that had anything to do with blood. hahaha So I'm still trying to figure out what I want to be....

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  131. I wanted to be a wife and mother.....I know....probably boring to most. But I had these romantic visions of sewing my children's clothes out of the drapes like Maria on the Sound of Music!!! LOL! And I was a romantic...Now, at 55, I'm still trying to figure it out. Love Gorillas in the Mist by the way.

    Cindy Bee

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  132. Cher. As all can see, that didn't happen.
    Cortne

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