What I want to be when I grow up

When you grow up, you eventually have to pick a profession and (somewhat) stick to it. At least for a little while. The problem for me is, there are so many different things I want to do with my life, it almost seems impossible to pick just one. I’d like to think I’ll have a chance to at least fulfill some of my dream careers; who knows, maybe I’ll even get to be them all. What are they, you may ask?

"Look what I found over here!" Practicing my skills of an archaeologist in Egypt.

An archaeologist.  Specifically an Egyptologist. Since adolescence, I’ve been completely captivated by everything Ancient Egyptian. When I spent a week in Egypt, I just wanted to explore beyond the ropes and barricades, to explore what the tourists weren’t allowed to see, to discover something exciting for myself.

An actress. The least likeliest of the bunch, this is actually the one I want the most. Unfortunately, the risks out way the percentage of succeeding (and I’m talking Hollywood), and it’s just not feasible to go after this dream right now. Sure, you can argue that if you have a dream you should always pursue it, but this is one I’d actually have to be willing to commit my entire life to, and I’m just not ready for that. Maybe in another life. Or a few years. Whichever comes first.

A psychologist. I’ve been told I give pretty good advice, and I like helping people, so I figure with an actual education in how to evaluate people and help them with their problems, I’d probably make (and enjoy being) a really good psychologist.

An interior designer. I love decorating and design. Maybe enough to make it a profession, maybe not.

A teacher. I’m not sure yet if I want to teach at the college or high school level, but I know I want to teach. I had a writing teacher in high school and an English teacher in college who both impacted me in such positive ways, I owe most of my determination to succeed as a writer to them. Mr. Johnson and Prof. McDermitt, if you’re reading this, thanks for giving me the nudge I needed to go after what I love.

Check out my mad photography skills. I could totally see this picture in Nat Geo Mag.

A photojournalist. Although I don’t photograph nearly as much as I used to when I was a teenager, I love taking pictures and, of course, I love writing. My ultimate dream job would be writing for National Geographic Magazine.

A business owner. I’m talking non-profit, though. This I’m actually working on, but it will probably be quite awhile before I can actually get the project off the ground and out of the planning phase.

An author. I’d like to think this is one that will definitely happen for me. Sure, I’ve published other works before, but never a novel. I suppose it’s just up to me to actually finish one of the many works I’ve started. One day. For now, I’ll keep blogging like my life depends on it.

A lawyer. I often wonder if I am conniving enough to be a lawyer; I would want to be able to put some justice back in the justice system, but I know it’s not so black and white. There’s a lot of grey area I’m not sure I’d want to be involved in- like getting a murderer off free just to win my case.

One of these days I’ll hunker down and get serious about one (or two, or three) of these. Personally, my money’s on the actress. If only Hollywood would discover me already, geez.



Filed under Career, Dreams, Entertainment, Jobs, Lists, Society

13 responses to “What I want to be when I grow up

  1. Ahmed

    Its funny how I can relate to wanting to pursue some of those professions as well (actor, photojournalist, business owner, author, and I’ve kinda thought about becoming an attorney too haha). Don’t you wish you could do it all at once? Or at least have enough time to experience all this cool stuff? Keep working hard and best of luck to you in being successful in whatever you choose!

  2. I see I’m not alone. I’m always finding something I would love to do. I don’t think I could be a lawyer but I love research so I’m thinking paralegal. I enjoyed reading this!

  3. I wanted to be a lawyer after watching the TV series Ed, but that never really eventuated due to all the studying involved.

    That said, keep gunning for them all while you still can! Career changes later on are tough on the wallet!

    • The hardest part will be deciding which one(s) to pursue for real!

      • Tell me about it. Even at my mid-career point, I was still trying to decide between journalism (which I was already comfortably into), copywriting (something I had been freelancing in but haven’t gone fully into) and animation (tons of fun, but no money).

        Talk about indecisive!

      • It just stinks that some of your dreams have to take the back seat to some of your other dreams, hah.

      • Find out what you’re good at. Then refine that search to exclude things you’re good at but won’t enjoy (ie probably law, because you’d hate defending criminals). Then further refine that list to exclude careers that don’t have a projected salary that sits comfortably with your desired lifestyle.

        Then if you’re really lucky, see if the resultant list includes a career that doesn’t completely consume your life, leaving you with enough time to pursue your other dreams as a hobby or on a freelance basis.

  4. Keep it open and let it flow. I’ve had a lot more professions than I ever thought. Just having the interest and curiosity opens new doors all the time. 40 years later I’m doing something that was just a dream back then. Wishes do come true – a little off kilter sometimes but hey.

    • Thanks for the tip! I appreciate any input I can get; it can get a bit daunting at times trying to decide what to “do” with my life!

  5. I am taking up a pre-Law course. No, scrap that. WAS taking up a pre-Law course. Family still expects me to finish it and further my studies by entering Law school. Thing is, I don’t see myself as a lawyer. I hate confrontations. I don’t like to argue, let alone do it for a living. But hats off to those who can and are doing great at it.

    I think you can be all of that. You seem like a very versatile person.

    • Thanks! It’s just a matter of figuring out which direction to go in, at least for now. And as far as yourself, don’t let anyone, not even family, dictate how you live your life. It’s YOUR life, not there’s, so do whatever it is that makes you happy! I know what it’s like to want to make other people happy, I’ve been a people-pleaser my whole life, but it finally got to a point where I just said screw everyone else, my own happiness needs to come first! And don’t feel selfish about thinking that, either, because if you’re not happy, how can you expect to help others find happiness? It’s that whole “if you can’t love yourself no one else will love you” mentality. 🙂

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