I found myself at the grocery store this afternoon behind a very elderly gentleman who asked the teenage cashier what he wanted to be when he grew up. I thoroughly enjoy people watching, listening to conversations which might be considered rude but I’m not stopping. It’s one of those questions that you think about and someone might ask you, maybe but it was fascinating to see this cliche conversation play out in real life and suddenly it didn’t seem so cliche. Then I got deep in the weeds with a very elderly gal behind me about grapefruits, I always end up getting chatted up by the elderly, I’m not sure why. What I do for a living now isn’t necessarily at the top of the list of childhood dream jobs but I like what I do. It did get me thinking about all of the careers I thought I’d have as a child and the best part of these fantasies was that I kinda’ thought I would get to be all of them – a doctor for 2 years, an FBI agent for a few months, nanny for a day, etc. I’ve got a lot of work to do so that I can get some of these ticked off my list.
I did actually do this, it’s the career that I went to school for but the thing is, I hated it. For some reason, I figured that I would be like a badass, real-life Ms. Frizzle but it didn’t turn out quite that way. In fact, it was a complete downer and the clothes were much frumpier.
This one is still gonna happen, I plan to do this after I retire because no millennial will actually be able to afford a real retirement. So, I am missing out on the hot librarian years but I plan to make an exemplary fuddy-duddy with horn-rimmed glasses and a perm straight out of a Garrison Keillor book.
When I was 11, I was obsessed with becoming an FBI agent circa Jodie Foster in Silence of the Lambs. I mean, my parents didn’t realize that’s where the obsession came from and the dream fizzled once I realized I couldn’t climb a rope and would die on an obstacle course but I’m kinda’ bummed I let that dream die.
Well, mom was super pleased with this career choice but we all know how that ended – a trip to Africa that crushed my soul. Not missing this one but I’m still into the whole habit thing.
I’d still do this given the opportunity, I think it would be exciting and fascinating.
I can plan a mean event and have done so for many a friend but I think part of the fun of that is that I’m just doing it to be nice, having it for a career would probably be much more stressful.
That’s all that come to mind, apparently 11 year old Stella wasn’t very imaginative and had very realistic career goals 😛 What do you want to be when you grow up?
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