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.


  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. :)

  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.

  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.

  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)

  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! :)

  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 :)

  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.

  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.

  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?

  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!