What Did You Want To Be When You Grew Up

This is a question we were all asked at one point or another in our childhood. Was it a doctor? Or an engineer? Perhaps a teacher? My answers varied depending on how old I was when I was asked the same thing.

I first wanted to be a dinosaur — a T-Rex or a triceratops. T-Rex because I really thought they’re amazing and huge creatures, like kings and queens of dinosaur land. I like triceratops, too, because they look really cute in my eyes then. As I grew up, I learned I can’t be a dinosaur but my love for them still grew. The T-Rex became who I want to be, strong and smart! And the triceratops? I really find them sexy when they walk. Haha!

Then a mutant. And I was so damn serious I wanted to be one. I’ve always wanted to be Magneto’s female version! πŸ˜‰ Funny how as a child, we know what we wanted to be when we grow up, right?

I first attended school when I was three and a half years old. It was then that I wanted something I thought better than just being a dinosaur or a mutant. I wanted to be a nun. True story! Haha! Mainly because my teachers were nuns. But that changed soon enough when I realized I wanted to be a singer! Oh man, I love to sing! I still want to be a singer these days but I guess, singing in a karaoke bar or at home is as far as that dream could get. πŸ˜‰

Come elementary years, I wanted to be an archaeologist and a librarian. This is mainly because of my love for reading. The books we had at home back then were volumes of encyclopedias and history books which my father enjoyed reading, not novels and stuff so I was very much interested in ancient past and material remains back then.

High school and college years were different. I wanted to be a lawyer then. And I wanted to be in the world of politics. I don’t remember quite well anymore what made me wanted this at that time but just like becoming a singer, it’s a dream I still have until now.

None of what I wanted to be when I was younger came true. I lead a totally different life now. A life far from what I imagined as a child. My interests changed and adjusted over the years. Being exposed to different environments or hobbies or new experiences molded me into who I became now. It’s good to know that I continue to evolve as I open up to change and new things. Lately though, I have this strong desire to become a dinosaur or a mutant again instead. And I’m serious…

So my dear readers, I want to know what it was you wanted to be when you grew up? Did it come true? Did it actually become your career now? Or a hobby? Or did it remain to be just an interest? I’d be really glad to know so feel free to write them in the comments.

Have a wonderful day, homo sapiens! πŸ™‚


Author: Just_Me :)

Basically a breathing, moving, eating and happy-go-lucky homo sapiens. Full-time daydreamer and part-time paranoid. I love reading, I love Roger Federer, I love food.

71 thoughts on “What Did You Want To Be When You Grew Up”

  1. Loved your post! Such a universal question whose answer changed through life as your piece so accurately shows. Sometime though you can come back to dreams that you though had disappeared. Like your singing or being in politics. Those are still possible for you. Check out the local music scene and see what’s available. My forty year old daughter just joined her town’s community choir. There’s probably a band that needs a singer. I just finished doing sound engineering for a Doo- Whop group that performed off recorded tracks and everyone loves them. Start your own group?? And as for politics there is always room for one more supporting great causes??

    I will have to give your question some further consideration.

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    1. Hello! Thanks a lot for reading! I love to sing but that doesn’t mean I have a good singing voice! Haha! I only sing in the bathroom and in karaoke with a few friends, that’s just as far as I could get! As for politics, I’m not quite sure, I’ve been living out of my country for nine years now. Anyhow, I’m still interested to know what did you want to be then? πŸ™‚ have a wonderful day!

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        1. The caption under my Senior High School Photo reads – Attorney. I took a lot of detours over a lot of years before going back to law school. Sadly,, for me. I loved law school but the practice of law was not what I had hoped for. Babysitting clients wasn’t what I really wanted to do. Seems being a poet suits me much more than the law ever could have.

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            1. You are way to kind to me. This Little Ol’ Poet tries his best! So happy enjoy my works. You always knock me down with your insights and warm and wonderful posts!

              I read “My Life In Court” and got hooked. I went to law school in my early forties. Better late than never!

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              1. I’m delighted to know that!!! 😍 I hope I’d be able to continue writing… and yes, you’re right! It’s better late than never. So I still can probably give it a try, too!


    1. Well, sounds strange/weird but yeah, I would’ve loved to be a mutant, haha!
      I guess we can meet each other in another life or another universe fulfilling our dreams as singers! πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚


  2. Well I became a psychotherapist, mental health director, blah di blah di blah.
    What I wanted to be when I was a kid was a bird person.
    You may need to wait until you get older, in order to figure out whether or not you knew what you wanted to be best when you were a little kid.
    I am now fully back in kid-dom, and it feels perfect.
    Probably though, I wouldn’t appreciate this as much as I do now, if I hadn’t kicked my own butt to work to achieve in my own profession.

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  3. As a child, I wanted to become a nun because like you, I had teachers that were nuns.
    Then I wanted to become a doctor at age 5.
    And later I wanted to become a doctor and a nun.
    Years later, and I am neither a nun or a doctor.
    I enjoyed reading this😁

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  4. πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚this is funny. I was so confused I wanted to sell charcoal when I was young πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ then I wanted to be a journalist, then a lawyer, then financial analyst and then a dancer πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚. Then I did commerce course which I didn’t really complete so I came to Dubai and now am a receptionist in a health club and also a fitness class instructor which I have discovered is actually my passion. πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚Came a long way to finally find it

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    1. Wow! I wanted to be a singer, dancing was one of the things I wanted, too but to be a singer was an ultimate dream hahaha! I’ve ended up working in Finance, though…πŸ˜„ and since you’re a fitness instructor, you should give me tips on how to lose weight hahaha!


      1. I started playing piano at 5 then early teens got into playing brass, cornet in town band and trumpet for fun. The music kind of petered out with marriage and kids and lack of money – so trumpet had to go! Science became a way of life outside of family, at my peak putting in 60 + hour weeks, the nature of what I did – a story I will write – I think I was always meant to? Anyway enough of me – I’m taking up your space here. Eric.

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  5. Until I was 15 I wanted to be a cricketer and I actually played lot of cricket but after that it totally vanished and now I am 18 and I m interested in writing and want to make a good career in film making😊

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  6. I love that, wanted to be a dinosaur πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚. I don’t remember what I wanted to be when I was younger but I really enjoyed reading your story πŸ˜€

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  7. Hello from KenyaπŸ˜‡…i bumped into your blog today and i have read all your posts…and daaamn i relate to everything save for the bucket list stuffπŸ˜‚πŸ˜‰…anyway on today’s…i wanted to be a doctor…my name is Goldah…so i wanted to be on the newspapers with a headline like ‘Kenyan Gold’ makes a milestone in the medical world…too bad i haven’t achieved that…right now am pursuing arts…majoring English and Literature…
    How time is a different entity all together…
    Big fan from Kenya

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    1. I am deeply humbled with your kind words, Goldah! Thanks a lot for reading! Oh, this made me so happy! Thank you!
      Why didn’t you pursue medicine? And what made you decide to major in English and Lit? I’d be very happy to get to know you more! You made my day! πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ Thank you!


      1. Pleasure is all mine…in Kenya we works with aggregate points…so mine were low and i couldn’t be able to join medicine as a course…i chose english and literature because i thought it has many avenues when i pursue another course like public relations…

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  8. When I was 4 or 5 years old I wanted to be Miss Universe. I think it is fairly obvious that my dream did not come true. But I just wanted to be famous and rich. Then I wanted to be a Journalist in High School. And I couldn’t be that either. Currently, I am studying science. It is funny how time changes our choices.

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              1. Oh you are so sweet. Pakistan is such a diverse, beautiful and complex country. It is impossible to explain it in one book. However if we both remain in touch in this world of blogging I might be able to introduce you to some parts of its culture.

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                1. Wow! That would be really great! πŸ˜ƒπŸ€“ I’d love to do that! Thank you! And I’d be more than willing to share about my country and this place I call my second home now, too! 😊😊😊


  9. I wanted to be older than my years, but ended up at the age, I am today. Some might say that I got what I deserved, but others might be jealous that it wasn’t them in my position. Someday, I’ll probably be pushing up daisies, but if you looked under the surface of the matter, you’d see my fingers pushing on their stems, one at at time…

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