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Mela
11-14-2008, 07:29 PM
Maybe everyone here wanted to be a published writer, but I'm thinking perhaps there were other goals as well? That came to fruition or not?

For me:
1. When I was 12 I wanted to be an astronomer. Used to make replicas of the planets and hang them in my bedroom - I was fascinated with the solar system. My father even bought be a telescope for Christmas. Then I realized I would need a high aptitude in math and there went that career goal.

2. Rock star. My friend, who sang and played piano, had a mini recording studio in her house and we used to map out how we were going to hit it big on the charts. This was the mid-to-late 1970s; I was 16, 17. We were going to move to England, because we thought it would be easier to break into the British market. I sang in a few bands but started getting ancy about being on stage.

3. Actress: ditto with above problem; didn't like being on stage. But here's the thing: I was going to write the novel of the century and then star in the movie and to do that, I'd have to be an actress, right? As reality sank in through my late teens and into my twenties, and after a few classes at HB Studios in New York, where I couldn't tolerate the people who thought they were going to be overnight sensations, I left the dream of acting in the dust. But not writing a best-seller.

4. While I wanted to be a writer, I never wanted to be a journalist, which is what I do now. I thought it would cramp my creativity. Now, 25 years in the business, I find it hasn't done that at all.

So everyone, what did you want to be?

scarletpeaches
11-14-2008, 07:32 PM
At varying times, a nun, a gorilla, a photographer, a quantity surveyor (because I thought all they did was go around saying, "There's a lot of that...and that...not so much of that...") and a serial killer.

Settled on 'writer' though. That way you can be all of the above and more.

Bmwhtly
11-14-2008, 07:33 PM
I wanted to be rich.

It was the eighties.

Vincent
11-14-2008, 07:33 PM
Fireman, archaeologist, artist.

Shadow_Ferret
11-14-2008, 07:33 PM
I always wanted to be Retired.

Looks like another childhood dream is crashing down around my ears.

JLCwrites
11-14-2008, 07:34 PM
I wanted to never grow up. :D

Clair Dickson
11-14-2008, 07:35 PM
I wanted to be a writer. And since I was pragmatic from a young age, I figured I'd be an English teacher until the big royalty checks started coming in. I added history and computers to my teaching ability.

And I don't know when I'm going to grow up, really. Maybe never. I'm quite certain I'm not old enough to buy a house...

StoryG27
11-14-2008, 07:35 PM
I wanted to be a grown-up, and ta-da! I did it.

Seriously, I just wanted to be an adult. The profession I wanted changed daily. Everything interested me, so I can't even begin to list the hundreds of things I wanted to be, but I reached my main goal. :D

wyntermoon
11-14-2008, 07:35 PM
Age six: tap-dancing bullrider. Wha?
Age ten: journalist
Age fourteen: microbiologist
Age eighteen: broadcast journalist
Age twenty: archaeologist/historian/cover girl of National Geographic with shipwreck find in Mediterranean (have the degrees but they're financially...challenging. Still waiting for National Geographic to call me)
Age thirty-five: writer
Age forty: tap-dancing bullrider

DeleyanLee
11-14-2008, 07:36 PM
At age 13, I wrote in my diary that I wanted to be a published writer when I grew up.

At age 15, I got my first set of rejection letters. I decided I'd best have a money job and thought about being a teacher for special ed kids. Wound up not going to college, but I have mad word and organizational skills so I'm an executive secretary. It works.

Shadow_Ferret
11-14-2008, 07:40 PM
I wanted to be a grown-up, and ta-da! I did it.


Really? When did that happen? I mean, tell me so I can try it.

I still don't feel grown up.

scarletpeaches
11-14-2008, 07:41 PM
Well how big do ferrets grow anyway? You're probably mature for a furry, aintcha?

DL Hegel
11-14-2008, 07:42 PM
a starship captain:D

III
11-14-2008, 07:43 PM
I wanted to be an author, then I grew up and forgot all about it until I had kids who wanted to be authors, then I thought "oh yeah, whatever happened to my childhood dreams?" So I started writing and ended up at AW.

Shadow_Ferret
11-14-2008, 07:48 PM
So I started writing and ended up at AW.
See? I told you kids were good for nothing. :D

SherryTex
11-14-2008, 08:00 PM
Seriously? It's scary what I wanted. I wanted to be a Dancer from Cats.

The fact that the biggest fan of my dancing is me...i.e. reality...5 foot nothing, not a dancer body and easily fatigued...did not upset my Rudy like mind that believed I could...if I just BELIEVED in myself enough....

Then I was going to be a principal of a school.

Then I was going to get a Doctorate and teach....

Now....I want to not be boring to my children.

Pagey's_Girl
11-14-2008, 08:01 PM
When I was very little, I wanted to be a vet (as in animal doctor!) That all changed when I found out that vets sometimes had to put animals down instead of making them better. I couldn't handle that part.

Then, in my teens, I wanted to be a rock star. Like Mela, I was going to move to England and start a band. I had it all planned out that I'd have to go to art school, because it seemed like that's where all the bands I liked got started. Oh yeah, and I was going to marry Duran Duran's keyboard player. That part only lasted until I finally saw what the guys from the Fixx looked like and immediately had this ginormous crush on their guitarist, but - I digress. :D. Then, when I heard the Pet Shop Boys -and found out that Neil Tennant used to write for Smash Hits - well, that was it. I'd be a journalist! I'd move to England, write for Smash Hits, meet all my favorite bands, snag and/or shag Jamie West-Oram in the process and then - first journalist to report live from the moon? Who knew? (This was pre-Challenger :( )

Well, I haven't made it to England yet and the only publication I ever wrote for was a wannabe weekly rag best left off my resume, but hey - I haven't quite ruled anything out yet. :).

ETA - Okay, I did grow up to be a flake.... :D

Mela
11-14-2008, 08:50 PM
Then, in my teens, I wanted to be a rock star. Like Mela, I was going to move to England and start a band. I had it all planned out that I'd have to go to art school, because it seemed like that's where all the bands I liked got started. Oh yeah, and I was going to marry Duran Duran's keyboard player. That part only lasted until I finally saw what the guys from the Fixx looked like and immediately had this ginormous crush on their guitarist, but - I digress. :D. Then, when I heard the Pet Shop Boys -and found out that Neil Tennant used to write for Smash Hits - well, that was it. I'd be a journalist! I'd move to England, write for Smash Hits, meet all my favorite bands, snag and/or shag Jamie West-Oram in the process and then - first journalist to report live from the moon? Who knew? (This was pre-Challenger :( )

That's funny - we were kindred spirits, of a sort, trying to get to England.
All my favorite bands at the time were British: Led Zep, Deep Purple, ELP.
And for the record: I haven't made it to England yet, either.

WerenCole
11-14-2008, 08:55 PM
4. While I wanted to be a writer, I never wanted to be a journalist, which is what I do now. I thought it would cramp my creativity. Now, 25 years in the business, I find it hasn't done that at all.

So everyone, what did you want to be?


That is really funny, because that is exactly what I said and it is exactly what I am doing. Except you have 24.8 more years doing it than I do.


Other than that. . . I want to be a PUPPY.

rhymegirl
11-14-2008, 09:08 PM
Other than that. . . I want to be a PUPPY.

Ruff ruff.

Aw, that is so cute.

cletus
11-14-2008, 09:18 PM
That's funny - we were kindred spirits, of a sort, trying to get to England.
All my favorite bands at the time were British: Led Zep, Deep Purple, ELP.
And for the record: I haven't made it to England yet, either.

Same here, but I made it to England. Still don't have a band.

Don
11-14-2008, 09:24 PM
First, I wanted to be a writer.

Then I got a real job, and the next thing I wanted to be was retired.

I made it that far, so now I'm back to wanting to be a writer again. :)

Oh, and I think it would be really cool to be King of the World, so I could abdicate. :D

Ken
11-14-2008, 09:27 PM
...I've always wanted to be.

K1P1
11-14-2008, 09:33 PM
Famous. Or an egyptologist/archaeologist.

Susie
11-14-2008, 09:39 PM
Gee, I still haven't grown up yet. :)

Sophia
11-14-2008, 09:47 PM
I wanted to be an astronaut. After my GCSEs (aged 16) I was about to send in my application to the RAF and hoped to take the pilot route there. Then I thought the 'mission specialist' route might be more possible for me, so I did maths and physics A-levels and astrophysics undergraduate and postgraduate degrees, which I had no natural aptitude for, but loved. Still no astronaut training, though! I'll just have to sell lots of novels and buy a ticket on one of those millionaire space cruises. :)

Archaeology was my second choice. And when I was very young, I'd answer that question with, "Either a musician or an artist". The writing was always in the background, a slow-building passion. :)

JoeEkaitis
11-14-2008, 10:05 PM
Priest. Actor. Anything that involved computers. NASA flight controller. Chef. Author.

Fingers
11-14-2008, 10:55 PM
I wanted to grow up and be in the army so I could die fighting for my country. At that time in my life being dead was preferable to the pain. Now, not so much. Made it to the army but they wouldnt send me to Viet Nam. Now Im older, still in pain, although its a different type of pain. Ah well.


yer pal Brian

SPMiller
11-14-2008, 11:12 PM
Always wanted to be a writer, meaning one who writes for a living and doesn't have to do anything else. Got older, realized that wasn't going to work the way I expected, went to college for a degree. Still trying to figure out what comes next.

Ol' Fashioned Girl
11-14-2008, 11:14 PM
Psychologist and author.

Clio
11-14-2008, 11:23 PM
What does growing up mean? ;)

Well, my mum used to tell everyone the tale that when I was four and people asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up, I would answer: 'An auntie, or a Catholic'. Only the gods know where that came from!

I have always wanted to write, but I think my real secret urge was to be an ancient historian of the same sort of prestige as Sir Ronald Syme. I do think my academic writing and yearnings have - ahem - spilled over somewhat into my creative writing - something this wonderful place is helping me to correct daily, and for which I'll remain eternally grateful.

I'm living a dream just being here and chatting with everyone. I've never had anyone in my immediate circle who was so crazy about writing as I am. It's one of those warm, fuzzy moments.... :Sun:

Ageless Stranger
11-14-2008, 11:37 PM
A dictator and a writer.

I'm half way there, in both cases.

mscelina
11-14-2008, 11:41 PM
A lawyer.

What?

I'm dead up serious. A lawyer. That's how I ended up with a useless pair of degrees and a career in professional theatre. I could play a lawyer and be credible.

rhymegirl
11-14-2008, 11:49 PM
First I just wanted to make it through elementary school. When you're the teacher's pet, nobody wants to be your friend.

Then I wanted to be an artist.

And then I wanted to be a singer.

And then I wanted to be a writer.

selkn.asrai
11-15-2008, 12:32 AM
Four things I've always wanted to be (i.e. not a passing phase)

a) a paleontologist, when I was 3.
b) a writer, as soon as I started reading shortly after the age of 3. Before then, I still loved story-telling.
c) something to do with wildlife, particularly big cats. Photographer, documentary filmmaker, exotic vet. I'm so inexplicably drawn to them.
d) a historian.

All of these from my earliest memories. *sigh* What a dreamer I was/am... :/

Hillary
11-15-2008, 01:06 AM
Dolphin trainer, all the way. I dunno why, but I thought that would make me feel amazing.

shawkins
11-15-2008, 01:58 AM
A jewel thief.

truelyana
11-15-2008, 02:04 AM
Nothing. My grandparents always asked me and weighed me down with professions, which I didn't understand. In college, the teachers forced on me to choose one profession, but I soon realised I had a passion for everything, and never settled for a specific route.

Williebee
11-15-2008, 02:06 AM
Nothing. I think that was the problem. I had no ambition beyond paying for whatever it was I wanted next.

Speaking of which... do I have beer money?

Beach Bunny
11-15-2008, 02:13 AM
I'm still trying to figure out what I want to be when I grow up. :rolleyes:

gypsyscarlett
11-15-2008, 02:31 AM
Oh, this is fun. I'm enjoying reading everyone's responses.

Me?

Always a writer. But along with writing, I thought at different times on "the side", I'd be:

1. age 9- 10: ballerina
2. 10+ off and on through all years : archeologist, historian, Egyptologist, actress, any work with animals, librarian, psychic investigator, private detective
3. early 20s: brief thoughts of being a mortician
4. now, early 30s- quite happily settled in my life- basic job, writing on the side. Using many of the above passions in my writing

Atani
11-15-2008, 02:47 AM
I wanted to be an astrophysicist when I was 8. I don't think I really knew what it was, but my teacher said I couldn't, so that's what I decided I would be. Then I got older and learned about it...takes too much math & I hate math!

Then I wanted to be a writer. I started a book when I was 12, but could never get past the idea part! It was not until recently, nearly 18 years later that I took up the mantle again & wrote that book! But damn it, I finally did it!





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Annabella
11-15-2008, 07:20 AM
astronaut. teacher. writer. actor. I actually came close to being an actor but my family talked me out of it. I still miss it sometimes.

I've come to my senses and work in retail. Let's just suck my creativity out of my ears. It would be quicker. Probably less painful.

C.bronco
11-15-2008, 07:23 AM
A writer. Even at age 13, however, I knew that I also wanted to get paid for it!
:)

MissKris
11-15-2008, 08:34 AM
I wanted to be a writer. Then I was told by my third grade teacher that I was talented but to look into real jobs. So I decided to be a teacher that would never tell her students that sort of thing. I used to line up my stuffed animals and teach them "stuff". Then I wanted to be the first female professional football player. Didn't work out when I ended up 5'7 140. Then I wanted to be the first female president. Got over that one eventually when I realized what a crappy job that would be. Then I wanted to be a Peace Corps volunteer and dig wells in Russia. Got married instead. The day that I decided that I wanted to teach my daughters that they could do anything they wanted to was the day I decided to return to my original dream of writing.

selkn.asrai
11-15-2008, 08:53 AM
I've come to my senses and work in retail. Let's just suck my creativity out of my ears. It would be quicker. Probably less painful.


COMRADE!

maxmordon
11-15-2008, 08:56 AM
Dictator, filmmaker and a writer.

inkkognito
11-15-2008, 08:57 AM
I pretty much always wanted to be a writer from the time I figured out that you could actually make money at it. I considered being a lawyer because I love to argue but somewhere along the line that switched to wanting to be a counselor. I'd forgotten just how focused I was on those goals until I recently reconnected with a high school friend. I had signed her yearbook "Future famous writer and great psychologist." I don't know about the famous and great parts, but I hit the career goals dead on.

thethinker42
11-15-2008, 12:32 PM
As long as I can remember, it's always been "X or a writer", "Y or a writer". So I've pretty much accepted that I am, must be, and will always be, a writer. but aside from that, here's my top 5:

1. Marine Biologist. Why? Fascinated with the ocean, ocean life, etc. Why not? Not really sure, just lost interest.

2. Film Director. Why? I enjoy it, I like making movies, etc. Why not? Just never quite got it together. Could still happen, who knows?

3. Massage Therapist. Why? I'm good at it, and I love doing it. Why not? Because shortly before I was to start massage school, DH got transferred to Okinawa. If I can find a Shiatsu master here, I will still pursue it.

4. Veterinarian. Why? I love animals. Why not? I love animals and can't deal with seeing them in pain.

5. Photographer. Why? I love it, I'm good at it, etc. Why not? Because I hate hate hate shooting weddings, and because I found that doing it as a job was stifling. I still do it as a hobby, and love it.

Joe270
11-15-2008, 01:24 PM
I wanted to be an explorer/adventurer.

I did that for a long time, but I got old. Now I enjoy recliners and clean sheets.

If anyone wants to take over, I know where there's some pretty decent gold deposits. I've got it worked out how to smuggle the stuff out, so all you have to do is the dirty work. The downside is that the best find is right smack in the middle of the main northbound drug route from Columbia.

OneTeam OneDream
11-15-2008, 04:34 PM
I just copied this from the same thread last year...


Age 4-Professional Baseball Player

Age 5- Professional Wrestler

Age 6-18 Professional Baseball Player

At 18-It was fulfilled, I was a professional baseball player, so the "want" switched to Major League Baseball Player. Then, I didn't make it for many reasons (none of which was ability)

so...

19-24 - Professional Baseball Player.

25+ - Husband (check) Father (check) Successful (check) Rich (ch....uh..not quite.)

Albedo
11-15-2008, 04:54 PM
In rough chronological order,
Doctor
Electrician
Marine Biologist
Architect
Lawyer
Town Planner
Entomologist
Marine Biologist
Dictator of the World
Librarian
Doctor

Currently I'm aiming for "dashing interventional radiologist by day, famously iconoclastic expat fiction writer by night". :)

regdog
11-15-2008, 05:11 PM
Tall, writer, marine biologist, Jedi Knight

Disa
11-15-2008, 05:40 PM
When I was 10 I wanted to be a truck driver(I watched alot of BJ and the Bear) I had a certain feeling of triumphant superiority when my dad's family used to say things like, "you're so tall and thin you should be a model" and I'd reply, "I'm going to be a truck driver" At 10 I didn't know I'd dislike driving:) Then they'd ask me continuously if I had a boyfriend, this went on for years- my defiant spirit rose up and said, "No- I like girls" haha and they never asked again. (it wasn't true, but it worked)I guess I've always hated stereotypes and being put into one just made me lash out irrationally.

In the back of my mind, since about 4th grade I've always wanted to be a published writer. I'd write entries in my journals that today seem so cryptic even I can barely remember what they were about. When I wrote them I remember thinking if some day after I'm famous, and then dead, if someone would be rummaging through all my junk, read them, and find them interesting. Highly unlikely, I know-but that was my thought process as early as 4th grade.

Bravo
11-15-2008, 10:14 PM
heart surgeon, pretty frequently from when i was 3 or 4 to today.

a cross between a batman-like vigilante and a james bond type superspy, up until i was about 10 or even 11. or at the very least i needed to get batman's training.

a high-tech inventor up until i was 10 or 11.

and a financial tycoon up until i was 18.

Annabella
11-17-2008, 06:58 AM
Tall, writer, marine biologist, Jedi Knight


Jedi Knight! Me, too. I grew out of that one rather quickly. I just wanted super powers of some sort and all the sci fi I read has ruined me. I am truly disappointed that I am not the long lost daughter of some king or something on a distant planet and to inherit all I need to do is discover my kick-butt superpowers and kill the bad guy who killed my entire family and that is why I am stuck on Earth.


Which might be the underlying reason as to why I write. I might need therapy. And help with run on sentences.:)

BardSkye
11-17-2008, 09:14 AM
Hollywood stunt-woman
Harness racer
Member of the Space Patrol.

I ended up a gofer for a brewing company. And I don't even like beer.

ErylRavenwell
11-17-2008, 09:34 AM
At varying times, a nun, a gorilla, a photographer, a quantity surveyor (because I thought all they did was go around saying, "There's a lot of that...and that...not so much of that...") and a serial killer.

Settled on 'writer' though. That way you can be all of the above and more.

Holy Jebus, who would have thought there was another person on the other side of the world who wanted to be a gorilla as well. Growing up, I had this huge poster of a silverback in my room.

Silverbacks rule

cjharley
11-17-2008, 09:37 AM
I wanted to be a Marine Biologist.