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1. Posted by tallbird (Respected Member 269 posts) 10y

When I was little I wanted to be a dolphin trainer (after going to SeaWorld) until I discovered that some of them (the dolphins that is, not trainers) commit suicide when held captive.:(
Then I wanted to be an astronaut until I realised that spending days/weeks/months in a very small capsule would drive me mad.
Then I decided to become a professional athlete until an ankle injury put stop to that!

So, what did everyone else want to become when they were little ? And more importantly did anyone achieve that ambition?????

2. Posted by Brendan (Respected Member 1824 posts) 10y

I always wanted to be a Paleontologist but became a unsure of it when I saw that most of ones time was spent with a catalogue. I'm not sure, but I am certainly still interested in it.

I also dreamed of going up into space, going from planet to planet. Then I realised that it is quite unrealistic - thousands of apply and tens get in. Not to mention Canada doesn't have that big of a space program. Also I believe our exploration of the solar system is pre-mature and a waste of time, money, and resources.

I have also thought about joining a police force, and I am actaully in the process right now.

3. Posted by mtlchica (Respected Member 922 posts) 10y

When I was really young I wanted to be a painter or a basketball player. Then I wanted to be a guitarist/rock star. All careers that were basically one-offs if you want to be successful.

My back up plan was that I wanted to be a detective. But then when I realised you had to be a beat cop before a detective, I changed that to a lawyer....which I held until I was about 18. Then I dreamed of getting into radio...

...and here I am.

4. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 10y

I have a souvenir book, which I filled out every year from kindergartn to grade 7 or 8, where I listed "What I want to be" as "artist" just about every year. It must have had something to do with loving art class, but I really wasn't very good at it. The only other thing I answered was "vice", and that was probably from watching too much Crocket and Tubbs.

In CEGEP I started realizing I really liked, and was pretty good at, writing - and so there you have it.

5. Posted by Brendan (Respected Member 1824 posts) 10y

I find it a shame that the only way we can define ourselves and others is by what we and they do. When you meet someone, one of the few questions that does come up is: "so... what do you do..?" As if that will some how define the person in a nice chunk.

I think it kind of stems from this very question, when we are asked as a young child. All through school: "so... Timmy.. what do you want to be when you grow up". What kind of B/S question is that? Sheesh

/end rant.

6. Posted by tallbird (Respected Member 269 posts) 10y

Quoting Brendan

I find it a shame that the only way we can define ourselves and others is by what we and they do. When you meet someone, one of the few questions that does come up is: "so... what do you do..?" As if that will some how define the person in a nice chunk.

I think it kind of stems from this very question, when we are asked as a young child. All through school: "so... Timmy.. what do you want to be when you grow up". What kind of B/S question is that? Sheesh

/end rant.

I beg to differ, Brendan! I remember when I was teaching abroad and I asked 15-16 year olds what car they would drive if they could afford any car they wanted, and I had quite a few say " a small reliable one!" What kind of answer is that??? Where is the imagination?
With kids it great when they're asked what they want to be because life is so simple to them. You get answers like " a super hero", "a princess" , "a circus clown". Ahhh, the age of innocence!

7. Posted by Brendan (Respected Member 1824 posts) 10y

Ah, I aguess I am just looking at it a bit different. I love the idea of getting the imagination of children working, and pretending to be super hero's and princesses or what ever.

I mean more that - when you ask a child "what do you want to be when you grow up"... it imprints this idea that you are what you do. Let's say we met and we started saying "what do you do?"... and I said I am with the Police. And if you have a predisposed reaction towards police you will automatically judge me and anything I say. (This is all hypothetical).

So again, I have nothing against asking children about the future, their dreams, their thoughts... I just don't like how some of those questions we ask children turn into our "adult" bigotries.

-- I apologise for the thread jack, I still want to hear about what peoples dreams were/are. --

Peace.

8. Posted by GregW (Travel Guru 2635 posts) 10y

I had no dreams as a child - just a blank white void.

I went through the usual childhood stuff of policeman, astronaut and construction worker.

I wanted in grade 6-7 to be either a long-distance bus driver or train conductor - an early indication of my future desire to travel. In grade 6 we had to do a report on a future career. I wanted to do Greyhound Bus Driver, but the teacher TALKED ME OUT OF IT, saying I was too smart to just be a dumb bus driver. She was later killed by a angry group of MBAs (Mensa Bus driver Association).

Okay, the last part about her being killed was a lie. But the rest was true.

When I was in high school I vacillated between being a writer or an international business man. I onced worked in France and once won a T-shirt for a trip report posted on a website, but I wouldn't say either of those things has come true.

I never, ever, dreamt of being a consultant for CRM computer systems. I fell into that after first year university when I realized that my marks were not good enough to get into the business program I wanted to take. I looked at my transcript, said to myself, "hey, your highest mark is in computer science," and enrolled as a comp sci major.

And 16 years later, here I sit consulting on CRM computer systems, stuck inside on a beautiful, sunny day. Just the kind of day that one would like to be out, driving a bus with the windows open and the wind blowing through their hair...

9. Posted by Brendan (Respected Member 1824 posts) 10y

Wow Greg! You should follow your dreams! Go get on that bus! Fooey on the teacher. I had the same thing with paleontolgy.. kind of reversed though.. my Grandfather told me.. it's a lot of hard work and you have to be smart. I guess I took it the wrong way and stopped thinking about it.

10. Posted by james (Travel Guru 4136 posts) 10y

My sister had a boyfriend that was an accountant and had a Tag Heuer watch and a Mercedes Benz.

I became an accountant and I have a Tag Heuer watch, and a Mitsubishi

Seriously, when I was a kid I never thought about what I wanted to do when I grew up. I just wanted to get on my bike and go for a ride.

Came across some old school reports recently. The common theme was "not using his full potential".