Okay, so when I first saw this topic I laughed. Because, yeah, I’m still trying to figure out what I want to be when I grow up. Truthfully, I’d go with someone dropping a huge pot of money on me and living out my life as a wastrel gabillionaire. Buuuuut, I don’t think that’s going to happen. Dammit! And growing up . . . yeah that’s probably not going to happen real soon either since, on a good day, I average about twelve and a half.
Anyway, the very first thing I remember wanting to be as a kid was a teacher.
I remember forcing my poor sister, dog and stuffed animals sit in chairs as I “taught” them on my chalkboard. My Mom even bought me old textbooks to use in my teaching endeavors.
For a brief time, I pretended I was a nurse. I read this amazing book Cherry Ames, Student Nurse over and over.
I made my own nursing cap out of paper and would nurse my stuffed animals in the ward I created using the two bedrooms and the living room. Mom even bought me a doctor kit. Sometimes, I made my sister be a patient and she’d actually get the candy pills. She was so privileged.
I had the usual daydreams about being a famous dancer or singer, but those pitiful professions faded in the face of becoming a pirate or incredibly warrior princess.
I wanted to be Xena before she’d ever been created. The best way to become all these amazing women was to write. I began my writing “career” at about twelve when I wrote my first book. It was all about an incredible female pirate. I don’t remember much of the plot, but she sailed around, stole stuff and everyone feared and worshiped her.
From there, my imagination could not be stopped. I could spend my days daydreaming amazing stories where I could star in each and every one of them. Yeah, I’m sure you can figure out what my grades in school were. LOL! Not good.
I can thankfully say I’ve lived out two of my dreams. I was a classroom teacher for 5 years and taught in a museum for 5 years. I’ve also been a published author for fifteen years. Unfortunately, I can’t figure out how to become a warrior princess. If anyone has an idea let me know. I am so open.
Now go and check out what the other bloggers have to say. I will see you all next week. — Gwen