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Friday, November 28, 2008

Today's Writing Prompt: Adult

As a kid, what job did you dream you'd have as an adult? What job do you have now?

Thanks, Jaime, for this prompt! Check out Jaime's blog, Sick Individual.

One-Minute Writing of the Day:
Writer: Fi from Four Paws and Whiskers
At six I realised I could be an animal doctor and spend all day working with animals. I went home and announced I wanted to be a vet. I pulled wishbones and cut cakes with my eyes screwed shut for all the years it took to achieve it and I have been a vet for thirty years.
Great job.
No regrets.

Congratulations, Fi! Feel free to put the One-Minute Writer WINNER! button on your blog.


Robyn said...

As a kid I thought I would be a chef, or a veterinarian, or a teacher. I'm neither. However, in a way I've done all three. I worked at a restaurant, I worked at a whale watching company, and I volunteered at a school. Currently? I'm not working.

Inkpot said...

First of all I wanted to be a nun and start up my own religious order - either a strict enclosed convent or a teaching order - and travel the world setting up convents.

Then I wanted to be a vet who lived in the country with hundreds of animals and published books and painted on the side.

I suppose I followed my dreams in a way because I write now and I occassionally teach, although I am neither a nun nor a vet.

Your Teacher Marion said...

Little me wanted to be all kinds of things like, a painter, a singer, a writer, a fairy, a traindriver, a nun (when asked by a nun what I would grow up to be), a mummy, rich.

Now Big me still wants to be rich and isn't a painter, a singer, a fairy or even a train driver. I am a mummy though and while we have our good times almost everyday, there is a part of me that wonders why on earth I didn't become a nun!

Nick said...

I just wanted a job that I would really like (and maybe I was a little fantasying on being a writer).
Well, it is not the case, yet.

Jasmine said...

As a child I dreamed I'd travel the world, going from fancy hotel to fancy hotel. I wouldn't have to cook or clean, and food would be brought to me. And when I wasn't traveling my husband would cook for me.

My last job was in the biotechnology field. Now I am a homemaker - not a great one, but my husband loves me anyway.

My Other Blog said...

I had no dream of what I wanted to be when I grew up and as a result, I just drift from one job to the next. I've had my current job for 22 + years and whoops, I'm out of time!

Taz said...

I used to play at being a cobbler.
Then I wanted to be a singer and dancer like Gene Kelly.
Then a singer like Helen Shapiro.
Then a writer like L.M.Montgomery.
Then a chef, just cos I liked cooking.
So many dreams...

Now I'm a freelance copywriter, temping while I work out what I want to do.
Which is funny, because once upon a time, I was quite sure I knew...

Laura Jayne said...

I was going to be a farmer. My grandparents had a dairy farm where I spent quite a few summers. I loved it.

But counting beans, a jerky boss's beans, is what I do to pay the bills. Sigghhh.

jgnat said...

As a child I dreamed of becoming an architecht, building struts of air and pockets of intimacy out of steel, wood, glass, and concrete. I also dreamed of becoming a writer, spinning another kind of structure out of magical words. Words are magic. They can inflame the imagination with fear or hope; they build us whole new worlds in our minds. I never became an architecht. But I do love to write. I've been published - once - a cute little anectode about my son for a magazine. But most of the time my work has been turned down by publishers.

I've learned that rejection is part and parcel of the writer's trade. I've also learned that writing is a higly solitary activity that comes with rare praise. But the creating, if I remember that. The joy of building my castles in the air, that is mine to enjoy and share.

EliandMe said...

When I was a little girl, I wanted to be a song writer. Except that all that the songs I wrote (performed by a succession of cuddly toys) were eerily similar to songs already on the radio. To the regret of copyright lawyers everywhere, I changed my mind.

And I still don't know what I want to be when I grow up!

Anonymous said...

When I was young, I saw the Sound of Music movie and I wanted to be a nun. Then Mom said, "But Honey, you're not Catholic. You can't be a nun."

Once we went to Disneyland. Over near the submarine ride there was a building where you could go under water and view. I was fascinated with the mermaids. So for a long time I wanted to move to California when I grew up and get a job as one of those mermaids.

In high school I wanted to be a missionary nurse. Or a teacher. Or a writer.

What did I end up doing? Hmmmmm...

~hon~ said...

Ok I'm late today. Been in a long trip for one whole day. Really tired but I need to be faithful with my One-Minute writing.

Anyway, when I was little, I wanted to be a lawyer but then my mom told me she doesn't want me to be lying. Then I wanted to be a pediatrician but medicine will take 10 years or so and I wasn't pretty patient with Academics then.

Now, I am selling food in the morning and do registrar work in the afternoon.

Someday, I want to be a full-time cook or chef. Whatever as long as I'm in the kitchen doing Culinary.

I also dream of so many things. The list goes on.


Joana Soeiro said...

When I was little I wanted to be Rambo! I wanted to be strong and to save people from danger!
Now, I took 1 year off to think about the future. I still don't know what I want to be when I grow up.

Alen4ik Litvinenko said...

When I grow up
I wanna be famous
I wanna be a star
I wanna be in movies
When I grow up
I wanna see the world
Drive nice cars
I wanna have boobies
When I grow up
I wanna see me
Me on TV
People know me
Be on magazines
When I grow up
Fresh and clean
Number one chick
Wanna step out
On the scene

But be careful
What you wish for cause
You just might get it !!!

I don't know why, but this Pussy Cat Dolls song came to mind! :)))

Jesse said...

Ahh lost 5 seconds! Growing up I thought I would be doing something action packed, like being a cop or something. But after numerous closed doors, I realized God hadn't molded me for that so now I appreciate just being a guy like me who likes to write and think and share thoughts! And really I guess I've learned that I was cut to make my own mold.

beckiwithani said...

I very much wanted to be a nurse, for most of my childhood. I wanted to work in obstetrics and help deliver babies. Now, I am a 7th grade teacher. Ironically (actually, not really), I think I did a lot more playing "pretend" as a teacher than as a nurse. Also ironically (in the true sense of the term), 7th graders sometimes whine more than newborns. Ha! But I love them!

Martha said...

For many years I wanted to be a veterinarian. I wound up going to Forestry school, and now I work for a major telecommunications company! I think I'm about ready to embark on a new adventure to find something that I really LOVE to do that can make a difference! Can you say mid life crisis?

shabby girl said...

A veterinarian. I just loved animals.
Instead I got married at 17and had my first child at 19. And gobs of animals!
Today my husband and I have an advertising agency, make radio and television commercials and place buys for clients. It's pretty fun to start with nothing but an idea and turn it into a great commercial or ad.

Mike B said...

I guess the first thing that needs to be cleared up is what is the age range of a kid? As a 5 – 19 year old, Davy Crockett was the rage, so being a frontiersman of some sort was important. Fireman, policeman, and cowboy were other tv generated roles. However, when I was 16 I had an American History teacher that inspired me into education. I’m on my 37th year in that field.

Susanne and Corey said...

First, I wanted to be a brain surgeon (yeah, right).

Then, I wanted to be a Rock Star, but never took guitar lessons and couldn't sing worth a s***.

Next, I wanted to be a writer. When Mom said it was too hard, I dropped that too.

After years of flopping around from place to place and job to job, I'm a writer, editor and mom. I should have just stuck with writing in the first place, maybe I'd be making way more money.

Wms-Fam said...

I studied and trained to be an opera singer, and was slated to be the youngest ever at the Met. Then things happened to change my life. Now I write when I can, hoping to someday supplement my disability income.

Tony E. said...

For the first couple of years it changed like everyone else. I wanted to be a baseball player, a firefighter, a scientist, an artist (which I have no talend doing.) Then, when I was 9, God called me to a new dream. Since then I have always wanted to be in the ministry. I didn't know whether to be a pastor, missionary or some other capacity but knew God was going to open doors that way. I am now a children's pastor (with a couple other jobs on the side to pay the bills.)

Killerwit said...

I wanted to be a scientest. I had the standard abstract idea of what a scientest was: someone in a white labcoat curing all of humanity's ills.

I wanted to utilize worm DNA in an injection so that you could cut a piece of food in two, inject it with the worm genes, and it would regenerate, creating two idenical pieces of food. I didn't want anyone to starve anymore.

Cyndi Mulligan said...

This is going to sound weird, but as a child, I never dreamed about my future. Even as a teenager when all my friends were gearing up for college or the military or travel, I just spent one day at a time. For some cockeyed reason, I thought my life would be finished by the time I was 18. My family was as normal as the next, so it's not like some twisted seed was planted that would result in my expiration once it bloomed. I have no idea why I felt like that, but I sure got over it once I realized there was some livin' to do!

bARE-eYED sUN said...

when i was a kid it never ocurred to me that i would grow up.

i wasn't even aware that i was aging until i hit eleven or twelve.

and then all i ever wanted was to run away.

it wasn't until i discovered girls that i knew what i wanted to be. i wanted to be a bohemian preacher.

today fix things, i am a technician.



Renuka said...

As a kid,i wanted to be a lawyer. But everybody made fun of me saying i wanted a profession for which i need to say a lot of lies. Their comments kind of changed my decision. Then a period of time i wanted some adventurous jobs..
Now i am an engineer.

Alec said...

When I was young I used to dream of being a Formula 1 driver, or a rally driver. I used to own a mini and would drive around Hyde Park Corner prtending I was at Le Mans or Monza. Finished up being an accountant and now I am retired and still fantazising about racing cars.

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Sizzle said...

I am still a kid though. Though earlier in life, I've always wanted to be a paleontologist, or some other form of scientist. Now, I just referee soccer for a couple dollars and I'm happy, though when I graduate from college I'll be a paleo-whatsit.

melvisx said...

I wanted to be many things including a fireman, policeman, actor. I thought I had a chance to be an actor since I have an uncle that is a character actor I figured I was a shoe in. But no matter how many letters I sent him asking if he could hook me up, I h ad no luck; maybe he didn't take me seriously? I am currently a high school teacher which does take a bit of acting now and then.

Single Girl Al said...

When I was a kid I wanted to be a hairdresser. I would create all these cool new hair styles on my barbies and dolls. It was dream for years. Then I decided to go to college instead, I am a preschool teacher now, but sometimes I wish i was a hairdresser.

Don said...

Dental Delights or ...

Ahhh to be a dentist!
That's what I dreamed to be.

The machines, the noise, the cool office?
What things attracted me?

An eighth grade project
Made me think
Of what I wanted to be...
But oh how wrong I was!

It took 30 years to find a job
That truly suited me.
I didn't know the job existed
Until I even got it

Senior Systems Engineer
was the job that was meant to be.
Solving puzzles.
Helping people.
Exceeding expectations.

These were thing I daily did
Until I "quit" that job.
I asked for a lay off
So I could start
a more important job...

Mr. Mom is who I was
for a year or so
because my first wife died.

Full time homemaker
was not on the list
but you be who you need to be.

But now what?
Since remarried I am,
what did I want to become?

A teacher no less.
Special Ed at that.
10 years with junior highers!

Am I crazy or what
you might ask.
Or what!
would be my reply.

I've lived and learned.
Grown up and followed
the path marked out for me.

So far so good
though many a twist
that has brought me
to who I be...

Alex said...

I actually cannot really remember what I wanted to do as a child! It is kind of sad really! I think mostly I thought that it was crazy that I would be expected to figure out what I wanted to do with the rest of my life while I was only 15 or 16 years old. There are so many things to do out there... As a result, I have been an Executive Assistant (because my parents thought that all a woman could do was to be a secretary!). Then I went back to school to become a Montessori teacher... Now I am thinking about going back to school again to start a new career... Just have not figure out which one yet! :)

::keEkEy:: said...

WheN I'm still 6 years old, I love drawing, draw whatever I want, whatever I like. If piano and drawing, I definately choose drawing because I feel the things in my mind came out truthly on my paper, I can decorate it, colour it, just do what I want to.That time, I want to be an artist.

However, the time is going and my wish changing, till now it never stop changing. But I know, I love to draw, even it will not be my career in the future, my side must having a sketch book with a pencil all the time.

... now I'm still a student, studying biology, chemistry, maths.

What I going to be next time? I think I need to figure out after the final Exam..^^

Lynne said...

When I was a child, I wanted to either follow Jacque Cousteau and take pictures for him or write for a living.

I do write for a living, in a business environment. However, someday I'd like to write a book and see my name in print.

C. Beth said...

I dreamed and dreamed of being a teacher. But it was more of a romanticized dream. I wanted to change lives, but lo and behold, learned that while I like kids, I don't like them in large quantities. I'm glad I realized that in time to change my degree.

I am a stay-at-home mom; I blog for fun and a little income; and I occasionally sell real estate.

Falcona said...

As a child I wanted to be a astronaut. Now I work as a Sales Manager in a retail store. I never got close to being an astronaut. I did spend some time in the media industry, Film, Television, and newspaper, which is what I wanted to do as I got into my teens.

Fi from Four Paws and Whiskers said...

At six I realised I could be an animal doctor and spend all day working with animals. I went home and announced I wanted to be a vet. I pulled wishbones and cut cakes with my eyes screwed shut for all the years it took to achieve it and I have been a vet for thirty years.
Great job.
No regrets.

Jenners said...

So funny you asked this as I wrote a post about it recently ( The basic summary is the my childhood dreams included being a figure skater, ice cream shop worker, grocery checkout girl and I grew up to be a stay-at-home mom and previously an office drone.

Visit said...

I probably would agree with Cyndi. I didn't think much of it, although I knew I'd be going to college. But time flew by, I graduated High School and woke up one day and thought, "Gee, I have to decide on a major."

Today, I'm a professional photographer and writer and am pretty happy with what I'm doing. If I had to do it over, I'd probably would have studied photojournalism.


Nellie said...

First I wanted to be a nurse, then an actress, then a writer. I'm still a kid, but I still love writing and write semi-a lot, to tell the truth!

Katie--the amazing one, not your other friend named Katie. She's amazing, too, but not the same Katie as me-- said...

I wanted to be a lot of things.
Math Teacher,
Band Teacher,

Time's almost up. I graduate in the spring with a degree in elementary education. It was the career where I could apply most of the dreams above. I will share my passions with these young minds.

Jessica said...

Even as a kid, I was always changing my mind. First, I wanted to simply be Miss America. Then a vet, then a lawyer, then a teacher, and then President. Then came an actress, a teacher again, and a writer. I became an insurance agent. Totally never thought about that one. :) I'm back in school though, so I'm giving myself a second chance to find what I truly want to do with my life.

Hedgie said...

As a kid, I just wanted to be an adult. I became an dult and just wanted to be a kid again. Then I retired and became a kid again. Ain't it great how things work out?

Bridget Furey said...

I wanted to be a teacher & a Mom as a kid. Today, I still want to be a Mom more than anything, but not so much a teacher. I want to go into publishing. I'm a junior in college right now & that's my goal: the editing desk of a major publishing company. After a few years of that, then it'll be time to be a Mom. I can't wait!

Melissa Croom said...

I wanted to be a journalist or a lawyer. Now I work as a loan processor at a mortgage company. It's a good job, but not very fulfilling. I took the LSAT in October and I'm applying for law school next fall. I'm excited to be finally following my childhood dream. I think our childhood selves know us better than our present-day selves.

Munchkin Mom said...

When I was younger I wanted to be a physical therapist. Somehow that changed in college and I was steered toward teaching. I found that I was teaching many others in some of my courses, so I thought I could do this, and now I teach.

Munchkin Mom said...

When I was younger I wanted to be a physical therapist. Somehow that changed in college and I was steered toward teaching. I found that I was teaching many others in some of my courses, so I thought I could do this, and now I teach.

The Toblerone Twins said...

As a little girl, I wanted to be either a ballet dancer or a racing driver, no sexual stereotyping for me! Then as I got older my dream was to be a graphic designer, but turning out to be academically okay, my teachers persauded me to stay at school and get exams rather than thorw it all up to go to Art School.
I ended up firmly down the academic road ... as a lexicographer!

Dar said...

When I was a kid, I wanted to be an entromologist, and then the other type of scientist that figured out things like why bubbles were always round. Then I started to watch people, and for some reason, that made me want to be either a musician or an anthropologist, I couldn't decide. But when I started watching myself, I was sure I wanted to be an artist. Today I deliver newspapers and keep house, and ocasionaly, I'm a writer, who still dreams about being all those things that I never got the chance to be.

Momsiee said...

Growing up, I've always wanted to become a doctor. I know almost everyone has this dream, but I knew this is what I've always wanted to become. However, as I started growing older, I realized I love writing. Today, I'm a freelance writer and I work as a customer service representative.

chandrabali said...

i always wanted to be a writer and an actor but became a geographer and a mapmaker; but thankfully i have pursued my first love of writng and theatre as hobby.

kuraimaho said...

When I was little I always dreamed that I’d be working for the IRS as an adult. It’s an odd dream for a kid to have, I know. I was born on tax day so my parents always joked with me about being a tax guy when I grew up and I learned early to appease adults so I always went along with it. It was one of those lies you tell so much it became the truth. Today I work for CVS with no plans to go into taxes.

Frankie and Bella said...

As a child I dreamt of being a psychologist and then as I grew older a graphic designer seemed to me as the ultimate creative job. I'm now a graphic designer for an emarketing company. I still want to achieve alot in my job and feel I haven't quite gotten to my dream ideal yet :)

Simply Heather said...

When I was a little girl, I dreamed of becoming a woman; one that could teach. I dreamed of becoming a mother; one who would love. I dreamed of becoming a wife; one devoted. I dreamed of knowing God more deeply; understanding His Love for me.

All of these things...I am. All of these, I have done. All of these, I've become. And with all of these; I still dream. I'm still a child and look forward to the day that my Father tells me I have lived this life well.

OK - I am a mother who teaches my children in ways that I'm even unable to know...yet. I am a wife who is devoted, forgiving and loving. I am knowing God more every day of my life and understand that this relationship is the most beautiful journey I will ever encounter.

All of these have made me a Woman. Oh...and in this stage of my life, God has made me a school bus driver. This I never dreamed as a child, yet I couldn't have chosen a more fitting or complete occupation for myself. I love it all!!

~Th-th-th-that's all folks!

CJ said...

From the time I was praised for my pre-school drawings, i wanted to be an artist.

I did well in school, but I really didn't like school much. I was surprided when my parents told me I had to go to college. My father had finished high school and had wanted to go to college, but his parents thought that was unnecessary, in the 1920's. My mother completed grade 10.

Around age 12, I decided to be an art teacher. My sister later convinced me to study my second favorite subject, history, but after a year, I switched to the art department. After spending several years teaching English as a foreign language in Brazil, I taught art for more than 30 years. I am now happily retired.

noexcuses said...

First I dreamt about being an actress, then astronaut, then actress again. I became a legal secretary out of college and thought I wanted to be a lawyer. Nope!

I studied acting and found I would rather write the stories that people were acting. I became a mom...four times...and now I work as a secretary at a school. I am still pursuing my dream of writing.

Spending the Kids Inheritence, forgive me! said...

I wanted to be an artist, an interior decorator, a rock star and a writer. I didn't feel I was talented enough to do any of those things and I wasn't emotionally strong enough to handle the rejection if someone didn't like my work. Now I am in finance, I haven't told anyone that I TOTALLY suck at math! I am reconsidering my options even though I am old, I can still do something I love! It's never too late.

imallhugs said...

I went through a billion different jobs including: vet, artist, writer, photo journalist, pilot, travel agent, working with animals, marine biologist, explorer in general....

now, im on my way to becoming a nurse (as a kid this job NEVER appealed to me).

who knows if its right for me until i'm done...?

Jørgen Carlsen said...

As a child I would like to be a policeman - inspired by my uncle.
I am a psychologist having done a lot of different things, including made many, many evaluations of workpersonality and workability. Now I am nearly retired and use some of my energy to write blogs. Most are in Danish, but is in english.

Boing said...

I wanted to be a VEGETARIAN SURGEON, because I liked big words and could not say Veterinarian!! I have always loved animals and children so everything I have ever wanted to do was related to one or the other. I am now the curator of the Port Elizabeth Snake Park, and while I don't do the medical diagnoses of the sick animals, I absolutely adore the chance to work with these fascinating creatures every day!!

Hans Lundahl said...

dream: writer and composer
now: writer and composer

differences: I dreamt to write adventure novels or fantasy novels, I do write poems and articles (on controversial subjects and on literary/linguistic ones as well as cooking, outdoor tips, artistic tips

but I do compose classical music

THE ARTIST said...

i don't think i really dreamed much of being something when i grew up. i simply did or got involved in things that would shape who i'd become now.... not intentionally, though, since kids don't have that sort of foresight or motivation normally.

but i knew as a kid that my strengths were in art and writing. now i do a bit of both, though neither earns me enough money to live off of. instead, i work a crappy Joe Job to pay the bills, but i consider this temporary and will keep at the creative stuff so that i can leave the junk job eventually.

davagirl said...

When I was younger, I wanted to be an author. I actually would still love to write a book, but I do not have a great subject to write about.

Currently, I work at the local cable company. I like my job. I actually could still write a book, IF I had a subject.

Fi from Four Paws and Whiskers said...

Wow - thank you so much ;)
It was quite a day of nostalgia as a result of it!
And I will put the button on my site with pride :)

BlueEyedWonder said...

When I was a child I always wanted to race horses! I wanted to be one of them Jockeys. And what do I do as an adult? I am an Administrative Assistant, office work! I'm also headed back to college to become a radiology tech. What a wide gap from what I wanted to be to what I am doing now.

Goin Fishin said...

As a kid I wanted to be an Actress. Right now I am unemployed - guess Im living the dream huh??

Kalyn said...

When I was little I wanted to be a teacher. Sadly, I was inspired to this by my first-grade teacher who one day ate her lunch in front of us after recess because she had not had a chance to eat earlier. I realized that if I were a teacher I could eat anytime I wanted, even in front of the kids (I like to eat, by the way). Well, that reason didn't hold up. Today, I am neither a teacher or a chef, although I still like food. I am an accountant. I also like numbers.

Makita Jazzqueen said...

I have gone through lots of ideas for jobs or careers when I grow up when I was a child, but the definite one (for now) would be English teacher. I just love the language, and I know so many E. teachers that are great people, very intelligent and have succesful carreers.
The jobs that I have always wanted to do: being a loving mother and wife.

Stepenwolf said...

Dream of a job? A job, like a disease. Something that you are forced to experience because it is a part of life. No, far better to dream of a world whose beauty is enhanced by your participation. Perhaps I dreamed of the dance. It was a dance with nature, sitting without moving at a frozen stream deep in the canyons where only birds could be heard. There I dreamed of stillness as a deer sipped cold water from snow laden banks. A job is a place you go, a calling is the place you are.

Jenn said...

As a child I always wasnted to be a journalist! I love to write and always have. I imagined myself getting all the big scoops,mainly for entertainment. I wanted to write all the important stories about the movie stars and have my name in the big lights. Now I work at a hotel and am not at all happy about it. I still write and hope one day I'll have that BIG STORY!

Anonymous said...

Playing school was my favorite game to play as a child. My poor little sister was my student and had to go to my class starting as soon as she could sit in a chair. It is a blessing that I now have the honor to be a teacher. Dreams do come true.