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What did you want to be when you were a kid?

Post by Joseph » Sat Feb 04, 2006 11:21 pm

Simple enough question I should think. What did you want to be?

I think the first thing I wanted to be was a cop. But a lot of little boys did. Then I wanted to be an astronomer and astronaut. Then I wanted to be a rock star. Somewhere in there I wanted to be an archaeologist. Funny thing is, growing up here in Canada, I never wanted to be a hockey player. I played hockey but that was for fun and nothing more.

I was pretty serious about astronomy up until highschool. By the time I got to highschool I'd read every single book on astronomy and astrophysics that my hometown public library had. I could quote from memory the circumference and diameter of the sun and all nine planets, the number of satellites each had, the atmospheric compostion of each major planet etc etc etc. I was Mr. Spock.

Then highschool came. I was the pride of my junior highschool. I was the first ever student to go to highschool taking math, science and english all at the enriched/gifted level. Math and science were my passion and english was just something I was technically good at though there was no inspiration. The first day of highschool, I skipped orientation with a friend, we went to his place, got drunk on his parent's booze and to this day I remember going home, throwing up in the bathroom of the corner store a block away and being to scared to face my grandparents. The next year I was introduced to that devil weed and math and science went out the window. Started focusing more on the the guitar I got when I was still in junior high (the acoustic I still have. It's 21 years old), started writing poetry and short stories in my math and science classes, joined the theatre program, started writing and acting in school plays. I became an artsy instead.

I still think about archaeology. They say you're never to old to go back to school and it ties in with my interests in mysticsim in a way. That, and I've always been fascinated by history, discovering ancient secrets, lost knowledge, that kind of thing... and it requires less math than astrophysics. :wink:

If I had the money, I'd probably be a career student at university. There's just so much I want to study. My problem through most of my life was that I could never pin down what I wanted to do/be. My interests were (and still are) very diverse.

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Post by apoxuponme » Sat Feb 04, 2006 11:41 pm

All I ever wanted when I was a kid was to be left alone... Then I grew up and wanted to be a photographer or writer... and to be left alone.

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Post by Jan » Sun Feb 05, 2006 12:04 am

Background: Either I forgot or I was too busy having a life and happily playing around to have ambitions for my adult life. I think it's the latter, because I didn't really stop being a kid until I turned 14 years old. And the main reason I stopped doing that was because the girls was starting to take notice that I was still playing with their little brothers also... I was making wargames with huge armies and canonfodder was needed too, but I got a bit embarrassed by this sudden girly interest in what I was doing. So after my debute as a teenager I didn't really start having ambitions until my last year in uh, folkskool... (after kindergarden, you goto some place for 9-10 years before going to college, I can't be bothered right now to know what it is in english).

I secretly wanted to be an artist, like a painter or drawer, but I felt I lacked the genectically engineered business-mindset to pull it off, since I was unable to prize my own work and I was also very reluctant to let anything I made go...

So my plan B was to become a university-trained engineer/scientist, because I excelled in maths and physics. I kinda stopped being a kid the day I started in college. Unfortunately I realized that college was apparently designed for kids... But that's another story.

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Post by AutumnMarie » Sun Feb 05, 2006 3:01 am

First I wanted to be a rock star, duh! When I was young, MTV was the best thing ever because me and my dad would watch Headbangers Ball and I'd think, "I want to be on there someday."

THEN, I wanted to be a model. Yup. A model... not even close to pretty enough (even though I have a pretty good self-image) or "interesting looking" enough... I'm only like, 5'2" and I'm not anorexic enough. :)

In my senior year, I was on this thing where I wanted to be a Drug Counselor to teenagers. I still think it would be a great job/career. But, I have no ambition to go to school for it, really.

Now I work at an engineering firm sitting on a computer or filing all day. Boo, I say! Where is my ambition!?
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Post by Gorth » Sun Feb 05, 2006 12:45 pm

When I was very young (like until my 6-7th year) I wanted to be an explorer. Curiosity was always a very strong motivating factor for me.

When I was a young teenager, I wanted to do something with natural science, reading my collection of encyclopedias regularly.

As an older teenager, I wanted to study either biology or psychology, being fascinated with the workings of both body and mind.

In the end, my father brought home a 3 page advertising pamphlet with a home computer on it. The rest is history as they say...
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Post by Gorth » Sun Feb 05, 2006 12:48 pm

LadyAutumn wrote:THEN, I wanted to be a model. Yup. A model... not even close to pretty enough (even though I have a pretty good self-image) or "interesting looking" enough... I'm only like, 5'2" and I'm not anorexic enough. :)
You know, beauty is not a requirement to become a model ?

Actually, most models are butt ugly, but perhaps thats just me. As you said, being gangly and anorexic does seem to be a requirement :roll:
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Post by Yian » Sun Feb 05, 2006 12:50 pm

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Post by Magnus » Sun Feb 05, 2006 3:48 pm

Hmmm, I think the first thing I wanted to be was a firefighter, probably because of an unhealthy interest in fire. Yeah, firefighter or arsonist :) Then I started getting into dinosaurs (this was in the days of Jurassic Park), and desperately wanted to be a paleontologist, because then I might get to clone dinosaurs. But even then I figured that was pretty far fetched, so pretty soon I wanted to be an archeologist like Indiana Jones.

For many years after that I wanted to an author, and I spent quite a lot of time writing all kinds of odd fiction (some of which are on these forums), but nowadays I've settled for being an adventurer like Indiana Jones again. Or a cultist. Or world dominator.
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Post by Fluffy17 » Sun Feb 05, 2006 3:55 pm

The very first thing I wanted to be was an army general, kind of like Chuck Norris probably because I wanted to boss people arund and not fight another thing I wanted to be was a secret agent. When I was 10 or so I began to be realistic and be a paleontologist or archeologist.

I've dabbled in writing a bit and is my current dream job, but writer's block, school and procrastination is killing that one slowly :(
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Post by Ewen Brown » Sun Feb 05, 2006 4:37 pm

when i was young i wanted to kill people for a living, having done that and finding out the pay isn't any good and that it's also far less interesting and amusing than it seemed, it was time to move on and look for other things to do

seriously now, i can't remember what i wanted to become when i was a child (seeing as i have no memories before the age of 10 that would seem to explain that) later on any attempts to pursue a career playing basketball professionally were cut down by all sorts of injuries (some more bizarre than others), then the long road to enlightenment proved to be far shorter than expected and seemed to allow enough time to get some art studies in the meantime, now there really isn't much to do but enjoy whatever comes to be crushed in the way to world conquest (oops, got carried away there in the end again)
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Post by Melodie » Sun Feb 05, 2006 6:59 pm

I wanted to be a Dallas Cowboy Cheerleader, then a nurse, a teacher...but most of all I have always wanted to be a Mommy. :D At least I am one of the things I always wanted to be. :D
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Post by Magnus » Sun Feb 05, 2006 8:16 pm

A cheerleader? :mrgreen:
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Post by Melodie » Sun Feb 05, 2006 8:50 pm

Yes, a cheerleader. :wink:
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Post by MERLANCE » Sun Feb 05, 2006 10:14 pm

A ninja. Or a pirate. Or even a ninja-pirate.

I wanted to and still want to just win the lottery and never work a day in my life. Of course I need to actually start playing the lottery, though I suppose I could hope that my grandmother eventually wins...

Yeah, I am devoid of ambition.

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Post by Magnus » Sun Feb 05, 2006 10:43 pm

Ambition leads to stress. Stress leads to ulcer. Ulcer leads to large medical bills.
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