What did you want to be when you were younger?

Ireland
April 24, 2013 5:47pm CST
I know this a bit of a cliché subject but what did you want to be? you don't even have to go back as far as when you were a child, even just a teenager. I know with me I wanted to be an accountant from the age of say 13-16 and then realised how boring it would be and then on wanted to be a pro musician and still want to be. Also another point, since chances are you are doing something different from what you wanted as a child, do you enjoy what you do or would you rather change to something else in a couple of years?
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@cyjh21 (160)
• Philippines
25 Apr 13
Well... when I was really little, I wanted to be a pastor. My mom and dad used to call me 'patola' or 'patols' Why? 'Pastora' is the Filipino word for a female pastor. When I was around 4-5 years old, (according to my parents, family friends and older churchmates) they always asked me what I want to be and I always answered "I want to be a patola." I couldn't pronounce the word "Pastora" clearly and always made it "Patola". So they call me 'Patols' or 'Patola' until now. I became a high school student and dreamed to be a doctor. I'm not from a rich family so my parents said that they can't afford the tuition fee for a medicine course so I took up Secondary Education major in Science (at least, it's somehow connected because it's Science). In short, I became a Science teacher... and now, I'm an English teacher! Hahaha! Anyway, I believe that everything happens for a purpose. I now enjoy being a teacher and I don't want to get another full time job than this. hihi!
• Ireland
27 Apr 13
Welcome
• Ireland
25 Apr 13
Well it's great that after all of that you did find something that you enjoyed and hopefully you can keep doing it for many years to come.
@cyjh21 (160)
• Philippines
25 Apr 13
haha.. yeah.. Thank you! ^^
@jenny1015 (13366)
• Philippines
25 Apr 13
I have always wanted to be a doctor since I was a kid. My uncles who were both doctors and my mom and aunts are nurses. That is where I got my interest in the Medical Field. However, I was not able to take up Medicine in College coz I was discourage by my mom.
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@jenny1015 (13366)
• Philippines
26 Apr 13
It is now impossible for that to happen. Most especially that my kids are now all in school and I need to be always here for them. Besides, it is really expensive to pursue it now.
• Ireland
26 Apr 13
I disagree cause my mother did that with to a certain, can't pin point stuff but I know she has tried to get to not take my music stuff as seriously.
• Ireland
25 Apr 13
Aww thats a real shame, you shouldn't have let your mother make the decision for you and i'm sure it's not too late to still pursue that dream.
@airasheila (5454)
• Philippines
25 Apr 13
good day andrewbarclave, what a nice topic to cherish. well, if i will be given a chance to go back, i will just go back to the year of may 2011. yes, you read it right, it is just two years back from now. i intent to go back to that month and year as i want to go back to the place where i used to have a work before. wherein i felt the love and care given to me by so many friends. wherein i was loved and cared by my whole family. wherein me and my niece was just like a bestfriends then. how i wish a fairy will appear in-front of me, then, i would definitely request this things. but, i guess, God has allowed me to pass this ways that i am encountering now, maybe to learn something, to discover one thing, and to accept those things. a lot of reasons that keeps on bouncing inside my mind, but i can't really find the answers. so, i am just doing my best everyday, as if it is my last days of my life.
• Ireland
25 Apr 13
how come you did change from two years ago?
25 Apr 13
I always wanted to be a chef when I was younger. But it turned out that I will be a computer programmer in the mere future. I'm taking up BS Computer Science this coming school year.
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• Ireland
25 Apr 13
So you cook up some tasty programmes instead ha ha, i'm sorry terrible pun but I could not help myself. It will be interesting to see if you do stick with it, I am not doubting you will but the mind can change.
• Estonia
25 Apr 13
I wanted to be a performer when I was a teenager, but never had any good singing voice to start with, and there's s much competition and stress in that field, way too hard to really make it. Plus you can be real talented and work hard for years, and still get unnoticed.
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• Ireland
25 Apr 13
You don't have to be able to sing to be a performer, you could be a dancer or musician even. Also the pure joy of performing is enough to satisfy even if you aren't very well known, something like that should be first done for the joy of it, not to be famous.
• India
25 Apr 13
Nothing great,and not especially fixed and rigid goals to be achieved in life far so....just a kinda luxurious life by what work we do to achieve it....
• Ireland
25 Apr 13
Then again everything seems better when you look back cause you only look at the good, something people don't seem as good at doing with the present.
@RAJASB (109)
• India
25 Apr 13
Your childhood will always remain the best time in your life. As a child, your mind gets occupied with myriad thoughts. People around you, the tales you listen and the society you live in leave a bigger impact on your mind which make you dream of what you want to become in life.
@yahnee (1244)
• Philippines
25 Apr 13
When I was about to enter college, I wanted to take journalism or eduction. The parents thought it was not a good career choice; hence I took up business administration. I was not really interested and went on to finish college just for the sake of pleasing the parents. I ended up being in Human Resources but while the job was good, I wanted to teach or write. Good thing that the company applied for ISO certification and I got assigned to Training and Education. I really loved the trainings, seminars and orientation I had to provide the employees as finally my dreams of being able to teach came true.
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• Ireland
25 Apr 13
Yeah I had a similar thing with the accountant thing but really are better off doing the thing you love assuming you can at all.
• Philippines
24 Apr 13
Just like you, I have dreamed of becoming an accountant when I was in high school. I did take that course, only that I was able to reach my sophomore year. Now, I wanted to take up psychology but Im still thinking about it. I also am thinking of taking up a managerial course so that I'd be efficient and effective when I put up my own business. Im not yet sure, maybe I will still change my mind in the next couple of years, besides, change is the only constant thing in the world,right?
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• Ireland
25 Apr 13
Funny I do like a bit of psychology myself, it's more of a hobby though. I sort of "study" behaviour, it does come in handy when trying to handle people.
@arpazia (191)
• United States
25 Apr 13
I've wanted to be many things! Vet Teacher Model Singer (oh gaw no!) Ah dreams!
@arpazia (191)
• United States
26 Apr 13
Oh goodness no. You're right, I think they do! I think it's easier to become one now a days even if you lack talent. I don't mean that you lack talent... I hope you know what I mean!
• Ireland
27 Apr 13
I totally get what you mean and it's something drives me insane ha ha. All you need is a computer and some know how, you can then make anyone sound good.
• Ireland
26 Apr 13
I'm guessing you didn't go for any of them then. I think ever girl wishes to be a singer.
@babyeve (1048)
• Seychelles
25 Apr 13
I wanted to be a nurse like my Mum. but as I grew up, I decided I was not capable of doing it because i was scared of blood and vomits.
• Ireland
25 Apr 13
Good excuse not to do it ha ha.
@babyeve (1048)
• Seychelles
26 Apr 13
Indeed. lol
@GandharD (148)
• India
25 Apr 13
I always dreamt of being a doctor. In childhood, my granny gifted me a doctor set, which quite interested me in medical science, and i always felt i should be a doctor. But I din realise what a difficult job and academic life we have to face for becoming a doctor. Its not so easy as we think. But today , I dont have much interest in Medical science, but i still admire that field. Im in the field of commercial studies and my real area of interest and work is Banking.
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• Ireland
25 Apr 13
Yes for sure many people should admire anyone in medicine. It's quite interesting how you went from medicine to banking though, was it a conscience decision? or did you just sort of fall into it?
• United States
24 Apr 13
i always wanted to be a detective but i changed my mind when i got into high school in 12th grade , i started thinking about becoming a fashion designer , im actually studying that now in college , hopefully ill get the job.
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• Ireland
25 Apr 13
That sounds very interesting, I hope it all works out well for you :)
• India
25 Apr 13
AT present i am doing nothing i am just studying i am a student but after my studies i want to become a singer i like doing something lively i hate doing same things again and again..i beleive change is fun if not a singer i wish to become a writter as i personally beleive pen is mighter than the sword.
• Ireland
26 Apr 13
Well since I am a singer I can add a word of warning, that you can get to point where you are doing the same songs over and over, of course you wouldn't want to be and it's not the end of the world, you just learn/write new songs. That's also another point though that you could be a singer/songwriter and even if you can't play an instrument can at least write lyrics and I would urge to try starting now. It is hard to get a start but once you have it's amazing how once you start writing you will never really lose the ability. Just write anything, no matter how silly and it may evolve into something wonderful.
25 Apr 13
i want to be doctor when i was teenager .. but it didnt happen with me ... so i got in electrical engineering field .. its too long for me to change the field now ... in anyways if i give good suggestion i will feel like iam doctor
• Ireland
26 Apr 13
It's amazing how common it is that people who wanted to be a doctor went for engineering
@paulli3 (312)
• China
25 Apr 13
When I were young, I wanna be a doctor working in really really big hospital. I thought it would be my job and it was my dream at that time. It's still a great dream I think but I found to be a doctor need to study much longer time than others. And I am not good at those knowledges might be used if want to be a doctor. I have to stop my dream and now I will study economics in university.
• Ireland
25 Apr 13
Well hey you could still be successful with what you are studying :)
@joizee (502)
• Philippines
25 Apr 13
Hi Andrew! Nice topic to take us back in time. As for my story, my childhood dream was to become a runway or fashion model. I grew up in the home of a seamstress that loves all forms of art (dancing, singing, playing the piano and acting). My "lola" or grandmother always dresses me up with all her designs for girl's dresses collection. I was even given accessories to complete the outfit. My mother was all supportive because she's the one putting make up on me while her sisters do my hair. It was all "kikay" for me. Unfortunately, as I grow older, I didn't grew that taller so my dream was left as a dream. LOL!
• Ireland
25 Apr 13
I do try and make these particular discussion more on the happy side :) Well at least you enjoyed it while you could and hey you could still do it as a hobby.
@RAJASB (109)
• India
25 Apr 13
Your childhood is the time when your mind gets occupied with myriad thoughts, just live in fantasies and imaginations. As you grow older, you start knowing about your strongest desire and keeps focusing on it. As a child, i dreamt of being a celebrity, a doctor, an astronaut, a scientist, a writer, a poet and what not? It's a beautiful feeling to go back to the memory lane once a while.
• Ireland
25 Apr 13
Yeah I think every child wants to be famous and successful. It's nice to think about the past cause it can help you think where you are gonna go in the future.
25 Apr 13
I wanted to be a doctor but became an engineer instead.
• Ireland
26 Apr 13
still very technical.