Fun thread...what did you want to be when you grew up and what did you end up being?

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PeaNut 228,581
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Posted: 1/27/2013 1:57:49 PM
I wanted to be a vet and then a writer.... I now own and operate my own daycare with two employees and hiring another one in the spring. Huge difference lol.

What about you?



PeaNut 53,649
October 2002
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Posted: 1/27/2013 1:59:21 PM
I wanted to be a beautician. I ended up as a nurse.


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PeaNut 128,232
February 2004
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Loc: Asheville, NC

Posted: 1/27/2013 1:59:26 PM
I wanted to be a Hollywood actress. Ended up working as an office manager.


PeaNut 184,535
January 2005
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Loc: in the southwest

Posted: 1/27/2013 2:00:29 PM
I wanted to be a teacher. Then i got sidetracked and started playing basketball and wanted to go to college on a basketball scholarship and study something easy. So I got a degree in Secretarial Science because i could type and take shorthand like nobody's business. After a while i decided I didn't want that as a career, and went back to school and became a teacher! Been teaching 21 years now and love it.


PeaNut 70,239
February 2003
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Loc: Massachusetts

Posted: 1/27/2013 2:02:38 PM
According to my school days book that my mom kept. An Airline Stewardess, then a vet. I am an accountant

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PeaNut 69,081
February 2003
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Posted: 1/27/2013 2:05:58 PM
I wanted to be an artist. I ended up being a social worker.

I also wanted to be a mom of twin girls. I had 2 boys - not twins.

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PeaNut 263,868
June 2006
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Posted: 1/27/2013 2:08:37 PM
A vet and then a teacher. I am a pharmacist.


PeaNut 252,551
March 2006
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Loc: Brentwood TN, wishes it were anywhere but here

Posted: 1/27/2013 2:12:08 PM
The President of the United States or a Las Vegas Showgirl.

Little did I know being a Las Vegas Showgirl would knock you out of the running for leader of the free world, but it sure was fun. However, since my knees were danced into the consistency of strawberry jelly, I went back to school (degree number 3, sigh.) and am now a nurse, taking the NCLEX a week from tomorrow. If you don't like what you're doing... Do something else!

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PeaNut 274,935
August 2006
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Posted: 1/27/2013 2:12:36 PM
I wanted to be a heart surgeon. I ended up being a commercial interior designer.


PeaNut 434,313
August 2009
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Posted: 1/27/2013 2:14:34 PM
I wanted to be an orthodontist and I'm a 911 police/dispatcher

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PeaNut 142,266
April 2004
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Loc: Texas

Posted: 1/27/2013 2:18:28 PM
I wanted to be an architect (still do). I ended up being a lawyer.


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PeaNut 114,614
November 2003
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Loc: Ontario, Canada

Posted: 1/27/2013 2:19:15 PM
Doctor... and, not a doctor (or anything else!)

See things that shine on Pinterest, Instagram, and YouTube.

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PeaNut 15,878
May 2001
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Loc: LI, NY

Posted: 1/27/2013 2:19:16 PM
I wanted to become a writer or an artist. I'm a teaching assistant.

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PeaNut 81,645
April 2003
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Loc: Minnesota

Posted: 1/27/2013 2:22:51 PM
I wanted to be a teacher (except the summer after second grade when I flew for the first time and wanted to be a flight attendant) and I am a teacher.



PeaNut 105,820
September 2003
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Loc: Seattle area

Posted: 1/27/2013 2:23:27 PM
I wanted to be an astronaut...I am an aerospace engineer.

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PeaNut 145,006
May 2004
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Loc: at home in front of the computer

Posted: 1/27/2013 2:27:39 PM
I spent high school thinking I was going into journalism. Halfway through orientation, I decided to change my major to interior design.

Now, I'm a sahm, which is funny because I swore I'd never be a mom. And I swore I wouldn't be a sahm until two hours after my ds was born and the drugs wore off so I could really see him. lol

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PeaNut 35,782
April 2002
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Posted: 1/27/2013 2:35:02 PM
I wanted to be a teacher. Went to college for 3 years with that goal until I took photography as an elective and fell head over heels in love with it. Forget teaching! I had to have this as a career. This was back in the 1980's.

I became a professional photographer although for the last 10 years I took 6 years off to homeschool my son and 4 years off because of a chronic illness.

Debbie in MD.


PeaNut 371,428
April 2008
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Posted: 1/27/2013 2:35:24 PM
I wanted to be a librarian. I'm a NICU nurse.

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PeaNut 226,011
October 2005
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Posted: 1/27/2013 2:36:55 PM
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PeaNut 279,621
October 2006
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Posted: 1/27/2013 2:38:26 PM
I wanted to be a teacher or librarian... Now I am a librarian with a teaching degree and a Masters in Library Science. Funny how sometimes you just know...


PeaNut 223,542
September 2005
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Posted: 1/27/2013 2:40:38 PM
I wanted to be a journalist. I have spent the last 25 years in daycare and the last 12 being a preschool teacher. I love spending my days with young children.


PeaNut 266,020
June 2006
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Loc: freedom, pa

Posted: 1/27/2013 2:49:17 PM
I wanted to be a bank teller.

I'm a secretary/bookkeeper.


Like my opinion really counts anyway...
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PeaNut 397,756
November 2008
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Loc: Massachusetts

Posted: 1/27/2013 2:59:50 PM
I wanted to be an interior designer or a chef. I'm now an HR assistant. I still want to be an interior designer....

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PeaNut 478,129
August 2010
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Posted: 1/27/2013 3:02:00 PM
I wanted to be a hairdresser, I am a mortgage adviser.
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PeaNut 559,661
July 2012
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Posted: 1/27/2013 3:04:32 PM
I had wanted to be a school librarian since jr. High. And 40+years later that's what I am.
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PeaNut 67,643
February 2003
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Loc: Peachtree City, GA

Posted: 1/27/2013 3:07:42 PM
I wanted to be a midwife.

I *am* a childbirth educator and a doula. I went back to school to become a nurse-midwife, then realized I really did not want to do the nurse thing, so then was briefly a student midwife (to be a direct-entry midwife). I postponed that do to the time it took me away from my young kids.

Since then I've been a scrapbook store manager, 911 operator/dispatcher, and am now registering patients in a local ER. No plans to go back to school for midwifery.

And above all, I wanted to be a mom. Which I am.


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PeaNut 221,236
August 2005
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Loc: Houston

Posted: 1/27/2013 3:12:58 PM
Unrealistically: I wanted to be a broadway star.

Realistically: I wanted to be a high school choir director.

I am: an elementary music teacher and choir director. Turns out I don't like the high school age group very much.

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PeaNut 82,319
April 2003
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Posted: 1/27/2013 3:14:46 PM
I wanted to be a pediatrician. I am a behavior analyst.


PeaNut 33,625
March 2002
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Loc: Washington State

Posted: 1/27/2013 3:18:35 PM
I wanted to be a jockey, vet or horse trainer.

I am a 5'8" auditor for a health insurance company and we own dogs instead of horses

~ Dori ~


PeaNut 363,175
February 2008
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Loc: at my computer

Posted: 1/27/2013 3:42:49 PM
I wanted to be lawyer

I'm a licensed counselor (who still wants to be a lawyer)

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PeaNut 75,215
March 2003
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Loc: massachusetts

Posted: 1/27/2013 3:48:02 PM
My very young self wanted to be a nun or a go go dancer. Can you tell I was a child in the '60s?

I have an engineering background and I'm a science/technical writer.


PeaNut 5,697
August 2000
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Loc: Michigan

Posted: 1/27/2013 3:48:38 PM
I wanted to be a teacher. I am speech-language pathologist in an elementary school. Close!

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PeaNut 311,281
April 2007
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Posted: 1/27/2013 3:50:37 PM
I wanted to be a pediatrician. I am a nurse.
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April 1999
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Posted: 1/27/2013 3:54:59 PM
I wanted to be a teacher or a nurse growing up. Then in high school I spent a lot of time at the dr's for stomach issues and found an interest in being an xray tech. Halfway through college I met and married the love of my life and started a family shortly thereafter.
What am I now? I am a military wife, mother of three, cake decorator and photographer. Not at ALL where I was headed when I started. In fact I've become quite the germaphobe so doctor offices and hospital completely freak me out. LoL

As a cake decorator I love taping into my creative side and making beautiful edible art that make people smile. As a photographer I love capturing those special moments for people to treasure forever.

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PeaNut 271,223
August 2006
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Posted: 1/27/2013 3:55:28 PM
I always wanted to be a teacher and that's what I am today!



PeaNut 393,905
October 2008
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Loc: Illinois

Posted: 1/27/2013 4:00:24 PM
I couldn't decide between being a nurse or a teacher.

I went to nursing school and hated it.

As soon as I was done with nursing school I went back and got my degree in elementary education.

I taught for a few years. Loved it.

Now I'm a SAHM. When the kids are older and I go back to work I'll return to teaching.

Seems a pity to miss such a good pudding.

PeaNut 247,139
February 2006
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Posted: 1/27/2013 4:01:48 PM
I wanted to be a pediatrician or a pharmacist. I took some time off in college and worked as a nanny for 2 doctors and decided that while I liked their lifestyle, they spent no time with their kids. I got back to school and changed my major to pharmacy and never looked back.

I knew I wanted to be a mom, and actually told my friend in high school that I wanted 3 girls. LOL! I am the mom to 3 girls whom I got to stay homed with nearly full time until they hit jr. high and then I went back to work part-time (3x10 hrs weekly). I also knew I wanted a good husband, father and partner, and I found a really good guy.

I got everything I ever wanted


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PeaNut 76,923
March 2003
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Loc: nothing could be finer than to get out of Carolina (SC)

Posted: 1/27/2013 4:06:09 PM
I had a few: but I remember the longest lasting, most serious ambition was to be an elementary school teacher.

I changed my mind after high school and took a year off to consider what I really wanted. I decided on nursing, and have worked a couple of different areas of nursing, but I am now a mother/newborn nurse. (and I love it)



PeaNut 211,645
June 2005
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Loc: Kirriemuir, Scotland

Posted: 1/27/2013 4:08:10 PM
A Nun ... then a Nurse ... then an Engineer - which I did become then after being a SAHM I used part of that with some Admin to develop as a Project Manager ... and my aspiration now is to start a Social Enterprise in the care sector - so kind of full circle!


There are two ways of spreading light: to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it. Edith Wharton

It's all just nonsense anyway!

PeaNut 97,456
July 2003
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Loc: California, NY & Orlando

Posted: 1/27/2013 4:12:34 PM
I wanted to be an airline pilot, before they let girls be airline pilots.

Instead I became a M&F Counselor. Then I decided I'd rather be rich so I started a multinational manufacturing company, sold that after 15 years, and now split my time between two non-profit organizations. One in the US that provides a residential/work facility for young adults with autism, and one in Israel that promotes peace in the Middle East between Muslims, Jews and Christians, through dance.

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PeaNut 385,920
August 2008
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Posted: 1/27/2013 4:15:51 PM
I wanted to be the CEO of a Fortune 500 company. I am a superhero.

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PeaNut 138,098
March 2004
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Loc: NC but wishing I was somewhere else

Posted: 1/27/2013 4:19:28 PM
I wanted to be a SAHM with 4 kids (two boys and two girls). I am a SAHM (and homeschooler) with 4 kids (two boys and two girls). But that's after having short-lived careers as an R.N. and a computer technician/instructor.


PeaNut 24,259
November 2001
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Loc: S TX

Posted: 1/27/2013 4:24:29 PM
When I was in 2nd grade, I wanted to be a vet. Then I realized that some animals would be sick and die so that was out.

Then I fell in love with Egypt and King Tut and decided to be an archaeologist. I got my degree and did that for a while, until I realized what I really loved is telling people about archaeology.

Now I am a museum educator and it is the best job ever .

Talk Nerdy to Me


PeaNut 494,100
January 2011
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Posted: 1/27/2013 4:30:06 PM
I wanted to be a doctor. After many years of retail management, I now run an after school program and do the grant administration for two sites (a high school and a middle school). I am going back to school to be a teacher, which is where I should have been all along.
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PeaNut 140,337
April 2004
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Loc: Portland Oregon

Posted: 1/27/2013 4:30:26 PM
I wanted to be a clothing designer.

I ended up being a costume designer.

Close enough!

The blog, finally resurrected!

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PeaNut 164,125
August 2004
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Loc: Western NY

Posted: 1/27/2013 4:33:15 PM
I wanted to teach special ed preschoolers....I teach HS special ed and LOVE it. Realized when I student taught that preschool was not what I wanted to do!!

Some people only dream of angels, I have held one in my arms.

Just spastic enough to be charming

PeaNut 284,875
November 2006
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Posted: 1/27/2013 4:33:58 PM
I wanted to be an equine vet for most of my early childhood then during the teen years, wanted to be a nurse or vet tech.

I graduate in May as a registered medical assistant and spent the past 4 years prior working in health insurance.


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PeaNut 89,634
June 2003
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Posted: 1/27/2013 4:34:14 PM
Most of all, I wanted to be a mom. and I am. I thought I wanted to be a teacher mostly because I could t think of anything else and both my parents were.
I am currently earning my masters degree in social work.

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PeaNut 182,623
December 2004
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Loc: USA

Posted: 1/27/2013 4:35:47 PM
I have a school book that chronicles each grade from K-12. On each grade page for the elementary years, it asks what do I want to be when I grow up. For kindergarten, I listed, artist, ballerina, nurse or vet. The one thing that stayed constant on that list was nurse.

I've been an RN for over 15 yrs

'Cause I'm as free as a bird now

PeaNut 104,551
September 2003
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Loc: Missouri

Posted: 1/27/2013 4:39:08 PM
when I was a kid I wanted to be all kinds of things, but always figured I'd be some sort of artist (that's just the household I grew up in). When I was in high school I wanted to be a journalist and freelance photographer and was into theater.
I ended up working at a newspaper for 4 years, didn't love it.
Now I'm a photographer. Also the office manager of a glass shop - never would have expected that.
I like both jobs.


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