Saturday, October 01, 2005

TWQ: Childhood Ambitions

The Weekend Question (TWQ) asks you to look back and remember your ambitions.

When you were very young, what did you want to be when you grew up?
How did that change as you grew up?
Have you managed to achieve any of it?

I always wanted to be a writer when I was young; I wrote little stories, especially when I was in primary school. Sci fi film stories, comic books and Star Trek were a great influence on my imagination.

This was negated when I entered the primary school stage, as I had 'serious' studies to do.

When the internet arrived, my imagination was rekindled. I have a poetry website in which I have written a few. Also, this blog is a great creative outlet.

Now it's over to you...

48 comments:

Star said...

I too wanted to write. I started studying Journalism in college, but then there was a familyy and to be honest I didn't really try that hard to persue it.

Karen said...

Bonjour, Jean-Luc! When I was young, I wanted to work in advertising and work in an office. I managed to do both. I've been very, very fortunate.

Oh yeah, Michele sent me....

Jon the Intergalactic Gladiator said...

Once when I was younger, I wanted to be a stuntman. We were visiting my father's childhood friend and when I told him of my career ambitions he said to me "Always have a plan B."

ensurt said...

when I was in 6th grade I wanted to become a stewardess to travel around the world. I haven't traveled around the world but I have visited places and now I know transatlantic flights are all but fun and they are tirening. In my teens I wanted to be an architect, only to realize I didn't have the qualities of concentrated and precise work to become a good one. So I became an economist.And because of an expat experience which should have lasted 3-5 years I stayed at home. It's been 12 years now as an expat. Makes sense, doesn't it?

TC said...

Hello, Michele sent me.

When I was a kid I wanted to be a teacher. As I got older, I wanted to be a writer. But as an adult, I am neither.

nobody said...

Well, as I am still young, it's hard for me to say if I have achieved it.

But when I was like, 8, I wanted to be a veternarian (that's not spelled right). Then I wanted to be an actress.. yea, one of those whimsical dreams... crazy.

Heather said...

I wanted to sing and dance on Broadway. The problem is that I am not good at either. So, now I am a nurse.

Carmi said...

I always had a feeling I'd end up writing. It was something that I just did...and everyone who read my work thought I did it well. I thought it would be cool to do work that didn't really seem like work, and that made others smile and think.

I got my wish!

Angel of Music said...

Hmmm.... I wanted to be a Mom. Not any Mom, but a stay-at-home-and-spend-time-with-my-kids kind of Mom. As I have 4 kids with one on the way, and a home schooler to bot, I would say I achieved it! And don't laugh - it's a noble, hard working profession! :0)

Better Safe Than Sorry said...

when i was younger i wanted to be a nurse, but i didn't follow that path at all. i used to love biology in high school, i didn't have any problems dissecting anything, so i think i would have been able to handle it. don't remember why i didn't go that route though. now i'm a mom with absolutely no regrets.

ribbiticus said...

growing up, i wanted to be a lawyer. when i saw just how many volumes of books were to be memorized, i gave that up pronto. i hate memorizing. ended up in a bank which is ironic coz everyone knows i hate math even more/ :) hi via michele.

Trinity13 said...

I was one of those kids who changed their mind about who they wanted to be every day. I wanted to be an artist, writer, teacher, policewoman, hairstylist, pilot, actress, etc. Even when I got into high school I couldn't decided since each one of my teachers told me to do something different (my science teacher wanted me to go into engineering, my math teacher wanted me to study math and maybe teach it). Through all that I always knew that I wanted to get married and have children...so it all worked out since I'm a sahm. I love it and couldn't be happier!

Minerva said...

I have always wanted to write a book..
Now I have started - the question is, will I finish?

Minerva

Ciera said...

When I was about 5, I wanted to be a singer. One problem - I've been told that I can't sing. When I hit fourth grade, I knew that I knew what I wanted to be - a writer. For a while, I wanted to be a writer and an actress, but you really kind of sort of have to be pretty to be an actress on the big screen, so now I settle for amusing the kids on the bus with my funny voices. Still have hopes of being a published author someday. I mean, I have a finished novel...I just have to send it out! Of course, there's always the blog. :)

Jen said...

I wanted to be an astronaut, but that hasn't worked out. I'm a stay at home mom and home educator, which is actually pretty cool on it's own. :-) It's all good.

cube said...

I wanted to be a physician until HMO's came into the world. Then I didn't want to practice under such a servile system.

Nic said...

My dream was and always has been the same. To be a mother. I never wanted to be anything else, even growing up. Now I am a mother to the most precious little girl who is my true miracle, and a wonderful handful at 4. So I can say, yes, I have achieved my dream in every way.

TrueJerseyGirl said...

I wanted to be an elementary school teacher - that's what my college degree is in. So now I work in human resources and I get to deal with adults who act like children.

M. C. Pearson said...

I wanted to be an artist. I went to SJSU and earned a BA in Art. I was a Multimedia Illustrator in the Army. Now, I'm writing fantasy and drawing the characters. I think my dream is coming true.

Jamie Dawn said...

I wanted to be an English teacher and a writer OR a studio singer doing commercial jingles .
I did a lot of singing over many years, but I haven't worked for nearly five years now. I'm a mom, and I love being a mom.

Haris said...

I really wanted to be a doctor, a long story, now I study law. I probably will be posting about that at some point so I will not bere you with it today. I just also wanted to thank you for coming to my blog and posting. Thank You. I woudl like to in some way return a favour so if you have an e-mail adress that I can send you a g-mail invitation to I woudl consider it just a miniscule return for your interest. I got the idea from Master Yoda. So just post it or coment or contact me at harishasic@yahoo.com. Once again thank you and please come again.

Jean-Luc Picard said...

Great answers so far!

Many of you have achieved your ambition, especially those who wanted to be mothers. It's a great target to aim for.

So many take diversions along the way and with hindsight are supprised how they end up!

Minerva, have faith. You will overcome your willness and write that book. I, and so many friends are behind you.

Jersey, a lovely answer from you.

Ciera, good luck with that finished novel.

Haris, my e mail address is in the 'secure channel' section of the blogpage.

Melody said...

Thanks for popping over to my site...

When I was young I wanted to be an actress, desperately. I loved to perform in front of family and friends. It wasn't until my first audtion in the stage play of Annie that I decided that I didn't want to be an actress afterall. Singing really isn't my thing...

panthergirl said...

I wanted to be an FBI Agent (ha!) and also, because I was a Mad Magazine fanatic, a cartoonist ala Don Martin.

Alas, I am neither... ;)

Here via michele (sorry for the delay in commenting, but when a dog's gotta go...a dog's gotta go!)

Huw said...

Hmmmm..... I think as a youngster I wanted to be a Historian: not really realising that that isn't exactly the most straight-forward of 'going to the job centre' type jobs. I later wanted to be a lawyer (much to my Mother's delight), but was put off by the thought of defending/failing to convict the guilty.

At the age of 15 I decided I wanted to become a psychologist, which is sort of what I'm doing now. It largely bores me, the only perk of late being my new role as a 'teacher'. Perhaps this is where the future lies? *gulp*

I followed your trail from Michelle's place. I feel rewarded.

Cape Man said...

hello michele sent me.
I can't remember what I wanted to be when I was real young, but I remember not wanting to be a Welder like my father.
At 15 I thought I wanted to be an Air Traffic Controller until I found I wasn't good at physics. Then I discovered Accounting and Computers and ended up with half an Accounting degree and a complete Computer Science degree.

dena said...

When I was growing up I always wanted to be a Vet. Did I meet my goals. Well, I do have lots of pets.

visting from micheles

ensurt said...

Hi, Michele sent me back! this time I read the great comments, as I already answered your questions... have a great sunday!

Oreo said...

I wanted to be a puma. No. I have not achieved that goal!! Thanks for coming to see me. It's safe to come back now. I put up a new post!!

dddragon said...

Astronaut, Spy and Race car driver.

My dreams take me out to the stars, I spy my children growing up too fast, and I drive a minivan like it's a much smaller, faster car (the cops don't usually watch minivans, they watch the red sports cars!)

Maria said...

I wanted to be a teacher. I taught for 34 years before retiring. Would that qualify me as goal oriented?

Came by way of Michele

Angela said...

I went through about 400 careers that I wanted to have when I grew up... writer, librarian, teacher, psychologist, FBI agent (I loved the X-Files!), actress, ballerina... I could go on for ages. Now I'm a personnelist in the AF, I get my writing fix from blogging and a short story here and there, and my ultimate goal is to one day be a sahm :)

Angela said...

Oops, and here from Michele's!

Ruby in Paradise said...

Hi, Michele sent me. I always wanted to be an actress...HOLLYWOOD! In high school I decided I wanted to be a Social Worker. I managed to get three years of college, but never graduated (had a baby instead). It's one of my biggest regrets. *sigh* Someday...I still have hope of being a "bachlorette"!

phoenix said...

I also have the same ambitions as you JLP. I also have a poetry blog AND a story site. Good luck in those ambitions!

Hi from Michele!

Stationery Queen said...

I wanted to be a professional pianist. That hasn't happened, but my goal since high school has been to be a writer, and I am. :-)

BarbaraFromCalifornia said...

I wanted to become a lawyer, and I did. Now that I have, I want to be something else, like a writer or conductor of a symphony orchestra.

I can also remember taking a test in middle school when they asked what jobs you felt were 'important.' The word important was not clearly defined, and I took it literally. It turned out, I was pegged to become a crossing guard! But probably there was a lawyer there, since I was arguing the definitions of words already.

Shelley said...

You really DO have a talent with your writing, I have to say. It's never a dull visit when we drop by here.

Growing up, I always wanted to be a Vet. That got warped into being a teacher and then by the time High School ended I hadn't the faintest what I wanted to do. Still don't! But I am enjoying being a mom and that's fulfilled my life more than I ever thought possible.

Carol said...

Well, I forgot that I ever wanted to be a comedy writer until I was looking at my old journals for some excerpts for my blog. So it was a pleasant surprise to remember. I find it fun to go back to that time and not be afraid to be different.

Zeppellina said...

I was told that from the moment I could pick up anything that made a mark, I would automatically make marks and attempt to draw.
I was the only artist in the family, and I was easy to keep amused as a child.
As long as I had paper and pencils, I was a quiet happy bunny.
My mother encouraged me.
I have now never known anything else.
My mother should have beat it out of me!

If I come back in another life, I hope to do something sensible and financially rewarding!!!!
...Although, I`m not sure what yet...!!

Jean-Luc Picard said...

Brilliant answers here! FBI Agent, spy, symphony conductor, astronaut, cartoonist..we have such vivid and imaginative ideas; just remember that there are people who ARE doing these things, so there is no reason to have a high ambition.

Zeppellina said...

Ouch!....cartoonist...was that me?

Becky said...

When I was in middle school, I wanted to be a lawyer. It seemed like a natural fit with my way of thinking. I strayed away from it b/c of my poor test taking skills on the LSAT practice test, but I'm reconsidering it.

Thanks for stopping by my blog last week. As you might've seen, I was on a trip, so I've taken a while to return the visit.

puremood said...

I wanted to be a lot when I was a young child: But two that I wanted the most were: a vet (but can't because of my weak stomach - I can't take the "bad" with the good") and an artist.

Raehan said...

And you are writing sci-fi. How great.

Me? I wanted to be an actress and writer, and about 10 other things, including a nun AND mother.

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