What do you want to be when you grow up?

Posted by Mrs Money on April 9th, 2008


57281947.jpgI got to thinking the other day about how when I was younger and how those were the good old days. I remembered when people asked me what I wanted to do when I grew up I would always tell them I wanted to be a teacher. Then, as I got older, I decided that teaching just wasn’t for me, and that I wanted to be an “equinarian”; my own coined phrase for a horse veterinarian. As the years, progressed, I found myself down a different path.

I have always loved animals throughout my whole life, so a veterinarian that specializes in horses was on the top of my list. However, when I reached high school, things changed. I decided that I loved math and physics so much I was going to go to school for mechanical engineering. I attended two semesters of the program and decided that was not for me. Coincidentally, at this time I met my current husband, moved across country, and decided to embark down a different career path. Now I’m in banking. Very different from a veterinarian, right?

Looking back, it makes me wonder just how many people follow through with their dreams and ambitions. How many times do people change their minds? Is everyone like me; do they end up in a field that they never thought they would? I hate when people say they don’t regret anything. I think there are many people that regret things they’ve done in the past I know I do. If I could go back and do some things differently, you bet I would. The fact of the matter is; I’m living my life now, and I need to make the best of it. I never thought at the young age I am now that I would be managing a bank. The thought never crossed my mind.

Now with the turmoil in the banking industry, I’ve considered going back to school.  I’ve thought about going back to be a labor and delivery nurse.  That is something that I would love to do.  We’ll see what the future holds.

Tell me: what were your aspirations? What did you want to be when you were younger, and how does that compare to now?

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2 Responses to “What do you want to be when you grow up?”

  1. Todd says:

    I hope you have the opportunity to do what you want to do. It’s not easy, and life pulls at us from many directions.

    I always have been an entrepreneur at heart. And through my teen years, I always felt I should be a tech entrepreneur (loved programming, marketing, etc.). Despite that, I did a 9 year stint in community banking (which I don’t regret), and now it’s been almost a decade in the corporate IT world. And, that is good too, but after 3 years, I’m finally signing e-commerce contracts on my pet side-project, which you can get a free trial of through my signature link. I’m glad I get to do this on the side, and maybe someday, I’ll be the entrepreneur I always wanted to be !

    Thank you for letting me rattle on !


  2. Shawn Knight says:

    I knew when I was a kid that all the things I “wanted” to be were totally unrealistic. It wasn’t until I was about 17 or so that I knew what I wanted to do as a job… it was just a matter of, could I make money doing it, and if so, how.


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