What Do You Want to Be When You Grow Up?

My little sister is currently looking for a job (and if you live in the Tacoma/Seattle area and have any fabulous leads, please let me know...)  Thinking about it this weekend, I realized that those early 20's are the worst possible time to decide on a career path, in my humble opinion.  I, for one, had no idea what I wanted to do.


I distinctly remember one conversation I had with my older sister when I was a sophomore in college, and she, a wise college graduate asked me, "What do you really want to do with your life?"

Blank stare.

"No, I mean, what's your passion?"

And I, in a fit of honesty, admitted, "I'm not that passionate about anything."  I loved being a camp counselor.  I was still kicking around the idea of going pre-med (that's right...a little Karen trivia there).  I ended up in the field of adoption.

I don't regret any of that.

But when she asked me again the other day, "What do you want to be when you grow up?", I answered without a millisecond of hesitation.

"I want to be a writer."

And then, I stopped and corrected myself.  "I am a writer."

But I wouldn't mind being published.

10 comments:

  1. Great post. I wanted to do the pre-med route at one point, too. When I was eight, I wanted to be a writer, but I never thought I would actually be one. Maybe that's because my first novel (a collaboration with my best friend) didn't go beyond page five. :)

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  2. Isn't it funny how, sometimes, you realize what you want and want to be are what you already are? I love those moments.

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  3. Oh, how the worm has turned.

    Now I am the one who has no idea what I want to be when I grow up.

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  4. Good answer.

    I've had a hard time with this myself. 6 years for a bachelors due to changing major about that many times is evidence of that. I remember when I was a child, the first time I was asked what I wanted to be as an adult. It was at my great grandparent's ranch. My answer? Marine Biology (I live in Wyoming, lol).

    Now, I am studying to be a nurse-midwife and writing part time.

    However, my real answer to the question is neither. My real answer is to be a mother. (still waiting on that one)

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  5. Well, I thought I was going to be a figure skater long term.. didn't happen. Then I thought I'd pursue music... Then I was going to be a painter. Then I majored in sociology thinking I wanted to get involved in non-profit stuff... then I realized I had to eat. So I work for a shipping company.

    But I know what I want to be when I grow up some more. A writer.

    I AM a writer, too! :)

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  6. I was going to be a history professor...Dreaming big, huh?? But that's all I wanted and I would tell fabulous stories about all that history I was going to teach, in a very romantic way, mind you. Now I write totally fantastical things about other worlds...go figure, lol

    Pre-med Karen...I could see it :)

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  7. I'm realizing that. I'm a half-sophomore, still not really sure what I want to go to college for, because I'm a writer. I want to write and be published and stuff.

    Good post.

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  8. I like this. I'm nearly 30 and have finally figured out what I want to do. And I'm all riled up and ready for it. I want to be a professor AND a writer :) Working on both, still trying to gird up the confidence for both.

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  9. Constantly the question on my mind...

    By the way, the book I'm working on is about an adoption. Any chance you could answer some questions for me?

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  10. Stina--I have a few of those festering in a drawer. :)

    Kayleen--Yep! Me, too.

    Ellen--You should become a trapeze artist.

    Dawn--Oh, very cool. I'm sure you'll have much fodder for stories from being a midwife. (And been there on the mother front...it was a long road to the Pea. I'll be praying for you.)

    Kristin--Wow. That is a fun past. My SIL pursued figure skating until she was in junior high. She couldn't quite nail the double axel. I refuse to skate in her presence because the only thing I nail while figure skating is my heiny. Over and over and over.

    Mandy--Oh, I love learning new stuff about people!

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