How strange is life
By Nancy Zink
March 26, 2018 8:23pm CST
Remember being a kid and thinking how long it was going to be until we grew up and was able to do what the older people did? Here we are getting everything we wished for, right? What expectations did you have growing up and did they all turn out the way you hoped?
19 people like this
• United States
Nope I did not become a princess. Nope I did not live in a million dollar house with a cook and gardener besides all the maids. I never thought I would be where I am now, owning what I do and being as strong as I am....... but being a Princess would have been nice.
• East Tawas, Michigan
Yes, I did have expectations, to one day be a farmer and married to Prince Charles. Now I'm satisfied to live in a small city, the mother of two wonderful adults, and called 'Grandma' by most of my younger friends. I loved working with mentally challenged students, in an assisted living home and running a licensed daycare home, while my own kids were still at home. It was different than I'd expected, fell down at times, then got back up. I'm glad God isn't done with me yet. Marriage, it's a challenge, too.
• Paso Robles, California
I honestly don't remember what my expectations were. I think I wanted to get married and be a librarian. I did get married and stay married, but I became a teacher for a few years before becoming a bookseller, a parent, and a bookseller again. I did not expect that my children would die before I did. I never really thought about my parents getting old, becoming a caregiver for my mom, and then getting old myself. I just wasn't thinking that far ahead.
• Baguio, Philippines
I was expecting before that I will become a teacher , having a good life with my parents and my brothers and sisters . But that's not what happened, I studied Aircraft Mechanical engineering. They want me to become Air Force but I quit I am now in Baguio City living alone and working as office secretary.
• Gainesville, Florida
The things I thought of as a kid about growing up were: 1. I would have money to buy things! (haha what a joke!) 2. I would be able to buy a car and drive anywhere I wanted to (yeah, drive my kids all over town) 3. Make my own rules and stay up as late as I want (I'm lucky to make it past 9pm these days) This adulting thing is hard. Can I go back to being a kid again?
• Gainesville, Florida
@ramapo17 I agree that the peer pressure is intense these days for kids. And it's harder to escape it all because of technology that puts everything at your fingertips 24 hours a day. In the old days being a kid meant being carefree, nowadays it's nothing but pressure. Every second of their lives is filled with doing something. I don't envy them at all.
I was feeling lost while growing up. I had no idea what I was going to do to earn a living but over time I learned hard work paid in the long run. I had a good working career but went for balance with family time not sacrificed. So I may have ended up better than I had imagined when I was young - siva
I am now living in the future I was dreaming of when I was a child.. But no one told me that when you get to 60 and above and you seem to have it all ... you'd often wonder and ask, "Where's all the years gone?"...and you often wish that your are ten years younger ... lol.. that's how it is with me anyway..