Tuesday, May 17, 2011


Today I want to take a minute to examine the kinds of lives I thought I would lead as a kid.  As a kid, you have hobbies and interests, and your passions change daily.  As a kid, the thought of growing up into an adult seemed surreal and soooo far away!

Me, circa 1991

I was a weird kid, the kind that is outgoing in public but had a lot going on in her head.  So, I kept journals and diaries since I was six.  The best part of this is that I chronicled all my dreams, days, and events for my entire life, with only a couple gaps in the late teen/ early adult years.  I still read through them sometimes, which is embarrassing, endearing, and like re-meeting an old friend all at once.


When I was really really little, I wanted to be a cowboy.  That was my first ambition.  In first grade, I wrote on a class paper that I wanted to be the first female president of the United States.  In second grade, I wanted to be a scientist/inventor after learning about George Washington Carver and the peanut.  In my later elementary years, I aspired to be an explorer.

In middle school, I had a few dreams that ran simultaneously: to be a librarian, to be an author, to be an artist.  I had a brief spell where I wanted to be an extreme athlete.  And also a mermaid.


By high school, I was honing in on my interests.  I narrowed down my realistic dreams.  I wanted to be a Broadway star, maybe in films, an author, and an artist.

By college, I wanted to marry a millionaire and forget about a career.  Then, I shot low, I wanted a job that paid the bills, which turned into a series of jobs.

Death of a roll of film

Now, as a graduate, I have a career at the Community College in the Library that I am pretty proud of.  I am thinking of going back to school for a degree in Library Sciences.  I still want to be an author.  I still volunteer at the Local Theatre.  I still paint and have my own photography business on the side. 

But I can't tell you what I want to be when I grow up.  I still don't know.

Allergies get me out of yardwork!
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  1. It's so refreshing to hear someone who doesn't say they've always known what they wanted to be... I bet hardly any of us do. =]

  2. For the love of god, don't get your MLS! Hehe no, just kidding. As long as you don't turn into a typical Librarian in the government you should be good. I work in a library and the thought of being there FOREVER makes me shudder!

    The cool thing about getting your MLS, though, is that if you work for a government job they will usually pay for your schooling if it's towards an MLS!

  3. Steff- hahaha! As I live relatively close to Washington, DC, there are lots of awesome jobs at places like the Smithsonian and National Geographic, archiving their libraries (usually photo related) that I could apply for once I get my MLS! It's a definite possibility towards an awesome career...not that I don't love my current library... but I would ADORE going through those amazing stacks and maybe meeting some of the photographers...

  4. Ya, I guess that would be a fun job to do!


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