List 6: What I Want(ed) to Be When I Grow Up

As a child I did not aspire to be an IT project manager, yet that is what I am. Below are 40 other things I’ve wanted to be in my lifetime. Many are childhood dreams long outgrown. A few are more recent aspirations. A lot of these careers were fleeting daydreams, but other thoughts have persisted for years.

Some of these could be additions to my list of unattainable goals. Some are still possibilities. Some are things I’ve done or still do, although always under the sustaining financial umbrella of my day job.

In rough chronological order of when I first considered each:

  1. Ballerina
  2. Singer
  3. Actor
  4. Disney tour guide
  5. Astronaut
  6. Food critic
  7. Teacher
  8. Inventor
  9. Writer
  10. Car salesman
  11. Veterinarian
  12. Pace car driver
  13. Figure skater
  14. Model
  15. Lawyer
  16. Fly Girl on In Living Color
  17. Harley Davidson certified mechanic
  18. “In marketing”
  19. Ring girl
  20. Event planner
  21. First female president of U.S. Steel
  22. Interior decorator
  23. Theatrical director
  24. Chief information officer (CIO)
  25. Managing Director of a theater
  26. Cartoon voice talent
  27. Children’s bookstore owner
  28. Choreographer
  29. College professor
  30. Baker
  31. Playwright
  32. Chief information security officer (CISO)
  33. Caterer
  34. Foreign service officer
  35. Cryptographer
  36. Linguist
  37. Bikram yoga instructor
  38. Google Doodle thinker-upper
  39. Social media director
  40. Stay at home mom (SAHM)

Are you what you always wanted to be?

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