What did you want to be when you grew up?

@JenInTN (27549)
United States
February 16, 2009 4:44am CST
I always wanted to be a vetinarian. I think most children do. My youngest daughter wants to be one now. My oldest..a doctor. Who knows what we will become while as children we have these things we want to become. What did you want to be when you grew up?
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@bombshell (11266)
• Germany
16 Feb 09
when i was young,i always wanted to become teacher but when i was working in a pharmacy,it has changed a lot! i would like to become pharmacist
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@JenInTN (27549)
• United States
17 Feb 09
Ohh..that would be a good choice. Maybe you will be one day! Thanks for responding!
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@bombshell (11266)
• Germany
17 Feb 09
it would be great! but i am getting old
@JenInTN (27549)
• United States
18 Feb 09
Not old bombshell...seasoned. You can do anything you want.
@victorywp (3526)
• Malaysia
17 Feb 09
when i was a toddler, i wished to be a sales director. when i was a kid, i wished to be a sales manager. when i was a teenager, i wished to be a sales executive. when i was a middle-age man, i wished to be a sales coordinator. but now as an old man, i'm just an office boy... oops i mean an office OLD MAN... LOL!
@JenInTN (27549)
• United States
17 Feb 09
LOL...you were a very down to earth child! You are in the office though..Thanks for th response.
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@victorywp (3526)
• Malaysia
17 Feb 09
yeah AT LEAST i'm still in the office! actually nowadays it's so hard to get a job, so i let others to fill the positions of sales director, sales manager, sales executive, sales coordinator, while i just take up the lowest position as an office boy... oops again, office OLD MAN! LOL!
@JenInTN (27549)
• United States
17 Feb 09
I know how it is in the office environment..it's not fair sometimes. I'll talk to the boss for you...
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@nanajanet (4436)
• United States
16 Feb 09
A teacher, and so I ended up as a dance teacher!! Go figure, lol.
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@JenInTN (27549)
• United States
17 Feb 09
Good for you! I'm guessing you loved to dance too. What type of dance do you teach anyway? I remember reading before you were a dance teacher. It's good you are what you wanted to be when you grew up. Thanks.
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@nanajanet (4436)
• United States
17 Feb 09
Right now I am teaching tap and musical theater dance but I teach ballet, tap, jazz, acrobatics, musical theater and ballroom. Dance is just a great love for me.
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@JenInTN (27549)
• United States
17 Feb 09
Wow..you are an all around teacher. A lot of people specialize in a particular form of dance. I would love to learn some moves..lol
@ahgong (10064)
• Singapore
17 Feb 09
When I was a little boy, I always wanted to be a pilot. Part of it was due to my father. He was an aircraft engineer. And all those exciting stories he told me of his overseas assignment, made me want to be one. Plus, having airwolf and blue thunder playing on TV at that time, it reinforced my decision. But due to physical limitations, I am not qualified to be one. A big blow to me actually. Sigh... so when I grew older and got exposed to more computers, I decided to become a system administrator. Guess what? I am one now.
@JenInTN (27549)
• United States
17 Feb 09
Good for you! It's tough when medical issues come up. My family has a strong military background and my dad had a injury when he was a child that caused surgery on his elbow. He was not accepted because of it. It was tough for him not to follow tradition. Thanks for the response.
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@ahgong (10064)
• Singapore
18 Feb 09
Shucks! That really sucks! So, instead of becoming a soldier, what did he become then?
@JenInTN (27549)
• United States
18 Feb 09
A drunk
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@ANTIQUELADY (36471)
• United States
16 Feb 09
a hairdresser , my mother & two aunts were hairdressers. don't know why they didn't tell me how hard you had to work to make a buck. lol
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@JenInTN (27549)
• United States
17 Feb 09
My older daughter has expressed an interest in your line of work too. They offer a cosmotology class at her highschool as an elective. Her electives are all related to the medical field, but I told her she could take it next year as one of them.
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@ANTIQUELADY (36471)
• United States
17 Feb 09
i liked being a hairdresser but it is hard work. it's long hours & being on your feet gets to you. u have to really work at it to make a good living. it's sure not a 9-5 job.
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@sid556 (31000)
• United States
18 Feb 09
all i ever wanted to be was grown up and on my own. I can't recall anything ever being more important than that to me. I didn't care what I did for work or anything beyond finding something that would help me support myself and later on ...my children. I didn't consider material gain...I wanted to make my way on my own and I guess I've succeeded in that. I'm far from rich but I am on my own and independent. I'm happy with it...wish I earned a bit more to make it less of a challenge but on the whole, I do ok. I like my life and don't have regrets.
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@JenInTN (27549)
• United States
18 Feb 09
Good for you sid! A lot of birds don't want to leave the nest. I'm like you though. I like my privacy and independence. It can be tough sometimes and we can all use a little more money but I agree it's worth it to feel satisfied. Thanks for the response.
• Singapore
17 Feb 09
Hey there JenInTN! I wanted to be a pilot for as long as I can remember. I'm actually looking at commercial flight schools in our area, and intend to take lessons...when I do get the money to do so. For now, It's still a dream, hopefully in the future it becomes a reality.
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@JenInTN (27549)
• United States
17 Feb 09
Good for you! Catch that dream. I know they are very expensive and the tests are tough but you can do it if you put your mind to it! Thanks for responding.
@jazel_juan (15759)
• Philippines
17 Feb 09
hmm i used to want to be a nun hahahahaha that was when i was in kindergarten lol because i was in a private catholic school then hahaaha and i really look up to those nuns before...then there was a time when i want to be a singer! lol hahahaha and then there was a time when i want to be an architect!! hahaha but i ended up working here in an insurance processor
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@JenInTN (27549)
• United States
17 Feb 09
Well..sometimes things aren't meant to be what we think they will be as a child. As long as your happy..that is all that matters. Thanks.
@Opal26 (17690)
• United States
17 Feb 09
Hi Jen! When I was young I wanted to be a nurse. I had started to take medical courses when I was in college, briefly. I only went for 1 year and then quit. I did end up working in the medical field as a medical secretary and medical surgical coordinator and I ran a doctors office but never did get to be a nurse! I loved working in the medical field alot! But, unfortuanately I spent more years working as a legal secretary which almost caused me to lose my mind!
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@JenInTN (27549)
• United States
17 Feb 09
My daughter is working toward a job in the medical field. I hope it works out but who knows. Legal secretary huh? I bet that is a tough job. Thanks for the response.
@TnWoman (1896)
• United States
16 Feb 09
hello jenintn when i was in high school years ago, i had always wanted to go on to college to be an art teacher. but i didn't. i went on from high school and got my first job working as a secretary. i chose the office path. lol i always was really involved in art class through the years that i went to school. my Mom still has lots of pictures and drawings and different kinds of art work that i did when that i was in school. it is always fun to dig out all of the things like that that somebody has put up, and sit and look at them by yourself or even share it with friends. and that is what that i should have been as well was a vetinarian, i love all different kinds of animals. lol take care and have a beautiful day today!
@JenInTN (27549)
• United States
17 Feb 09
Thank you TnWoman! Do you still use your artistic talent? I just in the past couple of years strated to oilpaint. I've not had any classes or instruction but I have always liked to draw and don't do to bad. I met someone that painted regularly and thought it may be something I'd like to try. I adore it now. I learn more and more all the time. Thanks for responding and take care.
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@Porcospino (22305)
• Denmark
16 Feb 09
At first I wanted to become a teacher. Danish is the local language in my country, and I was especially interested in becoming a Danish teacher, because I like reading and writing. I thought that it would be fun to teach the children to write. After a while I changed my mind and I decided that I wanted to become a librarian instead of a teacher (because I loved books and reading). Some time went by and then I changed my opinion again and decided that I would like to become a journalist. Today I am not a teacher, a librarian or a jounalist, but I still like to read and write
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@JenInTN (27549)
• United States
16 Feb 09
Hi Porcospino! As long as you hang on to the things you love it sounds like you'll always be what you wanted to be when you grew up. Thanks for responding.
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@laydee (12812)
• Philippines
16 Feb 09
I always wanted to become either a teacher or a dentist. I never became any of them due to the financial status and problems we had that time. I sure hoped I did get at least one of them, but for sure being a teacher is far easier to achieve now that I have my MBA, but the dentist dream would continue to be a dream. Sigh.
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@JenInTN (27549)
• United States
16 Feb 09
Well..who knows laydee. Being a teacher is definately in your grasp...Go for it! Thanks for the response
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@ElicBxn (60907)
• United States
16 Feb 09
I wanted to be a stewerdess, be beautiful, travel all over the world in a plane for free - oh well, at that time they had a height/weight limit, and I was too short.
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@JenInTN (27549)
• United States
16 Feb 09
I've always thought those requirements were crazy. That would be an exciting job.
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@ElicBxn (60907)
• United States
16 Feb 09
by the time they dropped them, I had figured out it was just a glorified waitress job
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@JenInTN (27549)
• United States
17 Feb 09
That is true! The only good thing would be the traveling but even then I don't think you get to stay anywhere long enough to really see it.
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@UK_Shree (3604)
17 Feb 09
I wanted to be a bank manager when I was young! And I stuck with that in my head for a good number of years! No, I did not become a bank manager in the end as I realised banking would not be my thing... At one point I did want to be a child-minder too. I know, it's funny when you look back. My little nephew who is only 3 years old insists he wants to be a bus driver, only part-time though!
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@JenInTN (27549)
• United States
17 Feb 09
LOL..a parttime bus driver huh? How cute. All little boys like the future of big toys..lol Sounds like you were a very down to earth child. I've considered babysitting myself. I like kids alot.
@UK_Shree (3604)
18 Feb 09
Yes he is adorable! I love children too, and when I was younger I had this obsession with reading to children much younger than me and just looking after them in general!
@sunil_008 (1270)
• India
16 Feb 09
I can't remember that question anyone ever asked me when i was a child...in high school some teacher of mine asked all of us this question different answers he got. like someone wanted to be a doc,some pilot,some engineer, astronaut... when my turn came i didn't hesitate to say that i want to become a man...they all laughed but i become one now...
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@JenInTN (27549)
• United States
16 Feb 09
Hi sunil! LOL..very witty response. At least you have become what you wanted to be..lol..Thanks for sharing.
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@sunil_008 (1270)
• India
17 Feb 09
yeah thank god...:)
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@cupid74 (11394)
• Pakistan
16 Feb 09
Hmmmmm Well, i wanted to be pilot or in Army, later on focus was pilot and then i passed initial test but in medical my eye sight was not 6X6, so did not qualify for that, and i end up in Marketing of Apparel LOl Take care
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@JenInTN (27549)
• United States
16 Feb 09
Hi cupid! Sometimes things don't work out the way we want them to, but that's not a bad thing. I bet you are very good at what you do. You'll be sucessful at whatever you do. Thanks for responding and take care.
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@cupid74 (11394)
• Pakistan
17 Feb 09
Yeah u r right and i am aware of it and i am satisfied what i am and strugling for future Take care
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• Philippines
18 Feb 09
It was my dream to become a doctor but fate have it that I wouldn't become one. In fact, three of my siblings became doctors. I believe in destiny. I believe God had never wanted me to become a doctor.
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@JenInTN (27549)
• United States
18 Feb 09
Sometimes things aren't meant to be. It's amazing what a whirlwind that life can be.
@krajibg (11936)
• Guwahati, India
18 Feb 09
Well, to be frank I never gave any thought to this important habit as I grew to be a young man and now I am a non- vegetarian though my wife is a hard core vegetarian. As I am a non veg I often suffer from stomach disorder while my bitter( oops, 'better' ) half has not any. Therefore now I am giving a serious thought to turn a vegetarian.
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@JenInTN (27549)
• United States
18 Feb 09
I'm not a vegetarian either. I do hear it is a healthier lifestyle though. Good luck with that. I bet your better half will be happy with your choice. I bet it will make cooking dinner easier for her. Thanks for the response.
• Janesville, Wisconsin
17 Feb 09
I wanted to work on the railroad as a brakeman or conductor.. Or work the tracks, or work over seeing railroad safety somehow... But.. Somehow down the line I developed psychic ability that is so strong.. I can not cross or come into contact with railroad equipment without recieving information from it.. the worse is at the railroad crossings... So I can not drive cause I can not drive across the tracks... ... So then I wanted to have my own Chatroom and Forum network.. that was moderated like About.com... But had different rules for each chat and allowed the freedom and open topic movement like yahoo.com .... Other than the dream of leading my own social network.. I don't know what I am gonna do in life. I can not usually read on demand like other psychics it comes and goes.. sometimes nicely other times slapping me in the face... So... I am still searching for that job.. I am trying my hand at writing but my book sales are going to slow... - DNatureofDTrain
@JenInTN (27549)
• United States
17 Feb 09
Wow..maybe you are meant to use your gift in some form. Maybe your love of railroads is what triggers it so. I would say that is tough. I wouldn't fight it though. Thanks for sharing.
• United States
17 Feb 09
I wanted to be almost everything. I wanted to be a doctor or a nurse for awhile. Then I wanted to be a vet. I thought those would be really great professions to get into. I also wanted to be a teacher. I loved to play school and make my students work on worksheets. I loved trying to teach them things, it was fun. I fell into teaching. The other ones, well I felt like those were just too hard for me. Don't get me wrong, teaching is hard too. It's definitely not easy and it's really stressful but I enjoy it.
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@JenInTN (27549)
• United States
17 Feb 09
I'm glad you got to do something you wanted since you were a child. I remember playing school with my friends too. Thanks for the response.