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    What do you want to be when you grow up?

    Discussion in 'The Lounge' started by Jaclyn, Apr 27, 2007.

    I want to become a Meteorologist, and then eventually a Severe Weather Specialist.

    Before I die, I have to witness a tornado in person - I'm absolutely fascinated with supercell storms.

    What did/do you want to be?
     
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    at 68, i'm as grown-up as one can be!... at 7, i [very!] briefly wanted to be a nun... as a teen, i wanted to be a 'stewardess' [as they were called then], so i could travel...

    at 17, 2 yrs too young to get on with any airline [all but brannif started at 21... i passed their tests but had to wait till i was 19 to be hired], i settled for a job as customer service rep for the gas company...

    at 19 i was married, by 24 was pg with #5...

    for next nearly 40 years i was wife/mommy, had no time for a career till i was 48, when down to last 2 of 7 kids and started writing 'full time' in between raising those last 2 and running a rooming house, a writing consultant business and my investments, to keep a roof over our heads and food on the table...

    i'm now a full time philosopher/poet/essayist/writing mentor and do what i can to help the much-in-need islanders here, doing everything for free, nothing for money... and won't 'retire' as long as i can click the keys on this keyboard...

    i've lived through house fires, brushfires, earthquakes, hurricanes, storms at sea, plus tsunami and typhoon warnings [no hits so far, but bound to happen some time!], live too close for comfort to an often noxious fume-spewing volcano and have no desire to 'experience' a real live tornado, thanks!

    love and hugs, maia
     
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    What eventful array of natural disasters you've experienced.

    The only thing I've managed to live through are hardly severe thunderstorms and numerous re-occuring nightmares of tornadoes.
     
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    I wanna be a writer.
    Bet you didn't see that one coming.
     
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    I nearly fell off of my chair!

    I'm going to pull a James Lipton (Inside the Actor's Studio) and ask you two of the series of questions arranged by Bernard Pivot that Lipton asks his guests:

    What profession other than writing would you like to attempt?

    What profession would you not like to do?
     
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    I too would enjoy a carer in writing, but my taste in another direction; I'd like to get a job at a comic company. Image would be my first choice, but any other company would do. As long as I can write and get a check in the mail, I'm happy-assuming I like the character I'm charged with.
    After that, that is say, if I flunk out, I'll get a van, a bible, and call my self a preacher. Or I'll call my self a prophet of man.
     
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    I don't know. I've wanted to do a lot of things.

    Writer: That much is obvious.

    Teacher: Want to teach the fifth grade. They aren't too young, but at the perfect age to get them out of their bad habits and prepare them for middle school. I tutor from time to time with my neighbors.

    Clerk: When I get to be sixteen, I want to work part time at a movie store a few miles away from my house.

    That's about it. I can't think of anything else at the moment.
     
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    Writer. Hands down, dead on, since about the time I learned to read & write.


    I was a Mechanical/Metallurgical Engineer for 20 years or so, until chronic health problems forced me into a medical retirement. Worked in aerospace, then did some research on jewely metals & gemstones, & the job I had to quit was doing corrosion prevention for highway bridges.
    (If I could, I'd go back to that last one so fast it would make your head spin.)


    If it were neither of the above? Hmmm... when I was in high school, I wanted to be a multi-lingual translator (not that I've ever been fluent in more than one language).

    When I was in junior high, I wanted to be professional photographer.

    And when I was in the 2nd grade, I wanted to be a beautiful golden-haired princess :) :) :)


    What profession would I not like to do?

    Something like Tour Guide or Public Relations Assistant; where you just have to be nice, nice, nice to people all day long.


    - Evelyn, who actually likes being nice to people as long as it's not strictly mandatory :)
     
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    Musician.

    No questions asked.
     
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    I'm studying to become a geologist.

    Work, work, work.

    Save, save, save.

    Retire early to some northern coast and spend my days writing or walking the shoreline.

    Gonna do it, too.
     
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    It's not really a question of what I want to be, but if I could have the job I want.

    I WANT to be an actress and live in New York or L.A. Is that going to happen to me? Nope! There's only a small percentage of people that succeed as an actress and you have to be more than skilled at the profession, you have to have the right look, the right voice...everything. I'd rather not risk losing everything in NY, it would break my heart. Instead, I'm going to find something else that I like and focus there.

    I remember when I was little, I wanted to be a Mommy!
     
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    What profession other than writing would you like to attempt?

    I woul love to attempt being a photographer for National Geograhpic. My dream job really, being around those wild animals all the time, even working with those wild animals would be unreal I think.

    What profession would you not like to do?

    Modelling, although I am good at it and have done modelling school, I would hate to be a model. HAVE YOU SEEN WHAT CATWALK MODELS HAVE TO WEAR!!!! some of the clothing looks like it has been pulled out of a dumpster. Nah I just can't be bothered with the whole watch your diet thing, I am thin enough without dieting thanks. Also working as a sales sonsultant or checkout chick...been there done that, never again......

    ~Torana :)
     
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    I wanna be a pirate! Arrr!
     
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    haha, me and my friend said we wanted to run away to be a nun/monk on holy island but then we found out that it takes years of training and you have to be a virgin and you have to have a degree!! she looked it up on internet, lol.


    seriously, i want to be a psychologist, maybe working with different things to do with crime and murderers and stuff.
    Heather
     
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    Well, since writing isn't exactly a surefire way of a steady income, beyond that, I'd probably be an actor or musician.
    Not that those are much better, but if you put together three occasional-income jobs, my logic dictates that it should all add up into a more-often-than-not income job, which is better than the first option. >.>
     
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    photography, archaeology, anthropology... not necessarily in that order...

    pretty much anything else!
     
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    None of these are stable either. While I WANT to be a musician when I grow up, Im not going to be. Sure, Im going to play music for the rest of my life, but man music is so volatile, as you get older making money there becomes less and less feasible, unless of course your a legend like Miles Davis or something like that.
     
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    Writing can be a stable future if you are a journalist which is what I am looking at getting into at the moment. Well studying for it anyways.
     
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    I want to be rich. Rich rich rich.

    I wouldn't mind making a living webmastering and writing.

    If that doesn't work, I want to retire by the time I'm 30.

    I want to be happy.

    How's that?
     
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    At 10 years old I wanted to be a pro hockey player. I wasn't too off par but I had some arm problems in my teens and was never able to get back on track.

    In high school I was almost positive that I would open some sort of business or develop some sort of product to sell. This is pretty much what I'm working towards now (being a business and psychology major).

    Around the age of 19, after a year of the college life, I wanted to be a musician. I've been dabbling in that the past 4 years but I take myself a lot less serious now.

    Now, at age 23 (still young and naive, I know) I don;t really have any specific career I would like to partake in. I am happy to experience new endevours and soak in as much as I can from them.

    All in all I would say I wasnt to make some money and be financially sound, but most important is that I enither enjoy the jobs or at least soak some experience from them.
     
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    ^^ you'll soak experience from nearly any job especially psych.
     
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    Haha, yes. I have already worked some jobs that, from the outside, would seem less than enjoyable. But, while I was doing so, they were a lot of fun and I learned so much from them. I worked in a warehouse for almost 2 years (I would have continued but had medical problems) and it is easily the most satisfactory of the 4 or so jobs I have had.

    Thanks for your input, and hopefully I'll have more to soak a lot from my jobs or career. And I hope I'll soak some stuff on this forum too!
     
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    I just found out recently that 'barrister' was the rough equivelent of an attorney in the US. That is a profession I still consider, but in my case would be almost 10 years of training (4+ years in Bachelors and 2+ years in graduate)!
     
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    Ahh, of course, i didn't even think of the bar degree. I think it's a little more leniant here, though. You get a degree in something (3-5 years if you are good with it!), law degree (1-2 years) and the bar. So theoretically you could be practicing law in 4 or 5 years. I am almost past that now, haha. But, despite the way it is portrayed by the media (or comedy!), it is a noble profession, to me.
     
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    Haha yes. I face the same dilemna as you. As of now I am open to many areas but a niche would be good. Best of luck to you!
     

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