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    Cool When you were a kid, what did you want to be? How about now?

    What did you want to be when you grew up?

    I wanted to be a

    teacher/dancer/singer/veterinarian/writer/musician

    Now, what I want to be when I grow up is a

    social worker/ music teacher/ writer/ musician/ hobbit/ homeless person/ activist/ happy-good-person.


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    I wanted to be an anything, but in space! So space cowboy, space farmer, space musician. I'd even take space princess if it meant I had a rocket ship and alien buddies.

    For now, I've "settled" with being a teacher, hopefully so that one of my students will invent something that'll get us all up in orbit. Teaching was always my plan B, as I had a bunch of excellent teachers and just enough mediocre ones so I appreciated the good ones. They seemed to be having so much fun, and that's what I wanted in a job.

    I still want to be something in space, and frequently tell my wife that we'll be together forever. I intend to be mining the Oort cloud in the next couple of hundred years or so. Since she's not had a diet of Science Fiction in her formative years, it took her a while to get my point.

    After just having a joint holidays overseas where we took my in-laws with us, when they were thanking us for the trip, I said that in my fractured Vietnamese the next one would be even better, we'd go to the moon. My wife did a straight translation (my pronunciation is terrible), then explained what I meant - as the sentiments the way I said it would have come across as "never again, get the hell away from me!"

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    Quote Originally Posted by Snellopy View Post
    My wife did a straight translation (my pronunciation is terrible), then explained what I meant - as the sentiments the way I said it would have come across as "never again, get the hell away from me!"
    That is SO fantastic :P What a great story! Though space travel has never been 'in the stars' for me (oh dear...) I wish you luck on your travels, and I'm glad you got your second choice, it sounds like you're likely one of the excellent ones

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    I wanted to be a doctor, vet, geologist, or undiscovered magical talent that was destined to save the world. Mostly a doctor tho.

    I became a software specialist, with a degree in Computer Mathematics, and now a mom.

    What I'd like to be now is richer, a successful artist, and/or a behavioural economist. A software specialist again would be ok too.

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    BlueFeather--if you decide to run with the mermaid thing, you have company!

    http://www.kgw.com/video/featured-vi...164545456.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by realsiri View Post
    BlueFeather--if you decide to run with the mermaid thing, you have company!

    http://www.kgw.com/video/featured-vi...164545456.html
    Omg that is so adorable! I love what she said, "It's freedom. If you don't do it as a child, why not do it as an adult? Who says that you can't?" It reminds me of the CS Lewis quote:
    Critics who treat adult as a term of approval, instead of as a merely descriptive term, cannot be adult themselves. To be concerned about being grown up, to admire the grown up because it is grown up, to blush at the suspicion of being childish; these things are the marks of childhood and adolescence. And in childhood and adolescence they are, in moderation, healthy symptoms. Young things ought to want to grow. But to carry on into middle life or even into early manhood this concern about being adult is a mark of really arrested development. When I was ten, I read fairy tales in secret and would have been ashamed if I had been found doing so. Now that I am fifty I read them openly. When I became a man I put away childish things, including the fear of childishness and the desire to be very grown up.
    Also you have to love, "Every mermaid has to have her own pirate." So cute.

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    I wanted to be a professional "color -iner"

    I always thought that i would grow up and color in the cartoons i saw on tv and I would draw outside the lines for just one frame and everyone would be like " hey .. what the.. " or change the color of a tree to white .. again for just one frame. I had it all planned. I was going to qualify with a Ph D in "color-in-ing" and then invent a new color by somehow effecting the electromagnetic spectrum to physically emit another band in the light spectrum. I was going to name it "lizorocelr". I would patent it and whenever someone in the world used the color they would have to pay me. That money was going to go into other company that would go around the world helping to create space centers for any country that wanted one. They would have fully functional rocket pads with hundreds of robots creating random things ( my robots were based on dexter from dexters laboratory so some of them would just be in infinite loops of spanner work )

    i now create static websites for clients who even though they could not tell the difference between a <h1> and an <a href> all happen to be master web developers / master designers. Its funny how a B Com degree can create so many designers / developers. ..

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    Gerdi, as a semi-pro developer, I feel your pain.

    I wanted to be a priest. Given that I am now an atheist, I guess that's not gonna happen. LOL

    I still dream of being a movie maker - attempts at writing crash landed, but I hold out hope that I can get in as an editor or something of that ilk. Yeah, stupid...

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    As a kid I wanted to be a computer operator like my brother.
    I did that for 10 years.
    Now I want to be an academic writer who inspires other students in their education as I have been.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Melissa View Post
    As a kid I wanted to be a computer operator like my brother.
    I did that for 10 years.
    Now I want to be an academic writer who inspires other students in their education as I have been.
    that was awesome melissa! teachers and academic writers are often underrated but they deserve more than that.. =)

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