Old people saying, when I grow up...
March 20, 2010 6:19pm CST
I just saw an AARP commercial where a bunch of old people expressing what they wanted to do when they grew up. One wanted to work with children, another wanted to be a volunteer fire fighter, another wanted to travel. I know that in life we shouldn't stop dreaming. And the phrase, 'when I grow up...' shouldn't have an age limit, but I couldn't help getting the feeling that the phrase sort of had a different meaning for older people. That it really meant, when I am financially set... Wouldn't you agree? Or do you have any examples where it didn't mean financial freedom? At your age now, what would you do when you grow up?
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20 Mar 10
Well I am 43 and starting over again. I cannot do my old job anymore, so I need to learn for a different job. I go to school for that now and I am learning to speak German. ( I live in Berlin) I am asking myself this question for over a month; "What do I want to become?" Security seems like the best job for me, but if my back hurts to much I won't be able to walk. Maybe half day jobs? ect ect. It is strange to be my age and go to school everyday. So, yes I understand it seeming strange, but for me it is reality. hahahha!
21 Mar 10
I'm close to your age and I have been contemplating going back to school recently. I still have some unfinished advanced courses that I think I should be finishing. I think the only thing holding me back now is the thought of having to go through the feeling again of having classmates who could be my kids. Anyway, goodluck to your startover. And thanks for responding.
21 Mar 10
Thank-you very much, I need all the luck I can get. But one advice. Go for it! Get it done and over with. Do your courses now. You will feel good about it later. I was 30 going to school, with children too. But, it was fun. They were totally cool about it. It was only 2 years. Know I am going to a school with people my age and older. We are all starting over. They say the older you get the harder it is too learn. So better get started as soon as you can. Good luck!
• Shingle Springs, California
22 Mar 10
Doesn't necessarily mean financial freedom to me, it could just mean that my interests have changed. Or that I've gotten up the courage to do something I was interested in previously but didn't think was possible.
• Garden Grove, California
21 Mar 10
yes sadly a lot of us "old" people please use senior citizens are not really well off so we need more money. At my age now I want to finish my writing my book and try to get it published. It would be so much fun to see my work in print for a change and not just gathering dust or moldering away in storage right now. sob sob.
21 Mar 10
Hi Hatley. I apologize for being politically incorrect. I should have said senior citizens. Maybe I'm still having delusions that I am still young, that's why I'm ignorant on the correct terms. Anyway, how far along are you in your book? I hope you'd announce it here on myLot so I can check it out.
26 Mar 10
I suppose that is one question in life that is easy to answer, but difficult to achieve. I wanted to be a designer out of all the other things I wanted to be when I was young till now. I think i have achieved it but not 100%. I wish i am a happy and worry-free designer. I guess the answer to that question changes when your goals in life changes. I now want to be free of financial burdens when i grew up. hopefully i can find the optimum method soon.
28 Mar 10
Well, same here ksherrie. It seems that all our financial burdens are what keeps us from our dreams of what we should be doing in life. Glad that you are already a designer, which is part of what you wanted when you were young. What do you design? Thanks for the response.
• United States
21 Mar 10
Looking back I never said when I grow up I will .... I never thought in those terms . I either was too youung to do things or deemed too old. When I was told I couldn't do something I never thought it was because of age so when I got old enough to do it , I Still didn't do it. No meant Never to me. I never could se Being anything but myself. But that's what made me think I had to die young. I couldn't answer the question so there was no answer, no future. I see the commerical as a way of telling All of us to go for your dream profession regardless of age. It is a commerical about having enough of money to retire but I think iot is a deeper message than just money. I could be wrong.I still dont have an answer of what I want to do when I grow up. In fact I still don't see anything so i assume I won't grow up!
22 Mar 10
Now, there's one way of looking at it. Just don't grow up! I think that since you've already found your bliss, you should stay the way you are. Even if it means never having to grow up. And that's not such a bad thing. Thanks Sarah. I hope that down the road I may find my bliss too!