Thursday, August 2, 2007

What I want to be when I grow up?

The ladies at Crazy Hip Blog Mamas have a collaboration blog going about childhood dreams and it made me do a low in the gut internal chuckle and had to participate.

In 6th grade I was going to be an author. I attended a young writer's workshop at the local university. With the help of my wonderful 6th grade teacher I even wrote, illustrated, laminated and bond a book for my parents for Christmas. Then I hit 7th grade and my english teacher slaughtered everything I wrote because my grammar sucked. I still want to publish a book someday. I just want to shout out to all english teachers - go easy, don't squash dreams of creative writers with technicalities like grammar. That is what editors are for! At my second job in the real world it was at a city newspaper (but I wasn't a writer) and someone there told me that "Those who can't write, edit."

In 8th grade we were required to take a computer class. It was at that point that I vowed to NEVER have a job where I sat at a computer all day!

Around 9th grade I was going to be a Marine Biologist and actually even got certified in Scuba Diving. Then, I found out you have to take a lot of science classes. To this day I love everything water, ocean, fish, shells, boats, etc. As an adult I was in Cape Cod on vacation and watching a marine biologist pull out and tag a huge horseshoe crab. I will never forget standing there kicking myself for never pursuing that career choice.

In 10th grade my bio in a high school musical program said I could see myself barefoot and pregnant living in Maine in 15 years.

At one point I even considered becoming a pilot, but that went nowhere. Too expensive to even make it a hobby!

So what did I end up doing? I got a journalism/advertising degree and worked as a web designer and consultant for many years. I sat my rump in front of a computer all day! And still do . . . I became barefoot and pregnant but in a different state!


Amanda said...

I think my hs bio would have said the same if I'd been brave enough to be that honest!

Aaron & Alaine said...

Barefoot & pregnant, smart and creative, talented and able to use your powers for good not evil - that ranks as success in my book. (As if my opinion was that valuable - but still.)

And to the teachers that sap out the energy of creative minds - I wonder who renews their spirits so that they can grow others all year long? Nice post, and I reflect today on the teachers that gave me that extra push, nudge, high five and hug...they make all the difference in pursuing your dreams.

From Aimee to Amy - thanks for sharin. (sharing.)

bliss said...

you go girl! how many of us can say we truly lived our dreams? :-) said...

Sounds like you did a good job of things!!