Monday, February 10, 2014

What Did You Want to Be When You Grew Up?

Last week, I took one of those fun quizzes you see on Facebook.  (Okay, I've taken a lot of those, but that's neither here nor there.  Maybe I'll talk about that next week.)  This one had to do with what profession I was best suited for. 

I did not get writer.  The quiz said I should've been a professor.  Makes sense in a way.  I do like to tell people stuff.  I did homeschool my kid.  I don't have a problem talking in front of people.  (At least, I didn't.  It's been a lot of years, though, so I haven't tested that in a while.)

But I am a writer.  I came to this writing thing late, though.  Sure, I dabbled here and there for much of my life, but I never really thought of it as a profession until I was 33, and even then I didn't get serious until I finished my first draft of my first book.

Nope.  I wanted to be a lot of things when I grew up, but writer wasn't one of them.  I wanted to be an oceanographer at one point.  In fact, I did a 'future career' paper on it in 7th grade Careers class.  That paper pretty much cured me of that. 

In 8th grade, I wanted to be a truck driver.  No kidding.  Really.  But I was enamored with the lifestyle as seen through the eyes of BJ & the Bear. 

By 9th grade, I was certain I would be a veterinarian.  I even joined the Explorers and went to their Veterinarian post meetings.  But I suck at science and while the thought of helping hurt animals appealed to me (still does), I couldn't actually bear to see an animal in pain.  Plus, the idea of having to put an animal down made me cry.

Long around 11th grade, I made up my mind that I would become a psychologist.  (Not a psychiatrist - because I'd have to go to medical school and... well, again with the science thing.)  I aced my Psych class.  I even majored in it... for a year and a half.  Then the idea of actually working with the insane kind of soured me on it.  Neuroses I can handle.  Full blown psychoses?  Not on your life.

So, my sophomore year I got practical.  I switched my major to Speech and Communications.  (Hence the lack of a problem with Public Speaking.)  I had spent some time down in Chicago and after reading the want ads, I saw that a lot of the Personnel jobs - my new chosen field - asked for either Business or Speech/Comm degrees.  I would've done it, too, if I'd ever completed my damn degree. 

But life derailed.  I spent a lot of years in different occupations.  I really did enjoy the sales job, except for the dealing with morons.  I also enjoyed being a secretary, except for the dead-end nature of that occupation. 

So, now I'm a writer and I have been for 10 years now.  It's my chosen field and I really don't want to do anything else.  (I'd just like to eventually make some money at it, ya know?  LOL)

What about you?  What did you dream of being when you grew up?  Are you there or did life get in the way?  If you could do it all over again, would you follow your childhood dreams or would you follow the occupation of your adulthood?  Or would you be something totally different?

7 comments:

jblynn said...

I always wanted to be a writer. Always.

To the point where in third or fourth grade I had a teacher who had everyone draw an assigned subject at the end of the day (smart teach…it was probably the one thing kids would quietly for the last 20 minutes of school day) but I would ask if I could write a story instead. (Smart teach let me, lol)

B.E. Sanderson said...

I've always written, JB, but I never thought of 'writer' as a possibility. Too cool that you did and you're following your dream. And yay for the smart teachers of the world. =o)

Silver James said...

I wanted to be a cop. When we played cowboys and indians, I was always the sheriff. I told stories and wrote, too, but like you, I didn't believe I could make a living at it. In high school and college, I briefly dreamed of being an actress. I'm pretty good at it but was too lazy to move to LA or NY and do what needed to be done. Back to being a cop, which was like my fourth or fifth career. LOL

I took that quiz and I DID get writer so I guess I'm doing what I should be in life. Now. ;)

B.E. Sanderson said...

That's cool, Silver. I never thought about being a cop, but I forgot to add that I almost went in the military. As for being an actress, do you ever do local theater or anything? That might be fun.

Rick Watson said...

I did a lot of things too before I started writing.
I think a lot of people kind of back into it :)
R

B.E. Sanderson said...

That's a good way to put it, Rick. Thanks. =o)

Aisyah Putri Setiawan said...

Banned complain !! Complaining only causes life and mind become more severe. Enjoy the rhythm of the problems faced. No matter ga life, not a problem not learn, so enjoy it :)

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