What did you want to be when you grew up?

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Re: What did you want to be when you grew up?

Postby Snarfyguy » 26 Sep 2018, 21:29

I don't recall ever wanting to grow up, to be honest.
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Re: What did you want to be when you grew up?

Postby sloopjohnc » 26 Sep 2018, 21:33

Snarfyguy wrote:I don't recall ever wanting to grow up, to be honest.


Okay, Peter Pan.
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Re: What did you want to be when you grew up?

Postby Rayge » 26 Sep 2018, 21:38

Goat Boy wrote: I've always just kinda fallen into things

Holes, canals, that sort of thing?
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Re: What did you want to be when you grew up?

Postby Darkness_Fish » 26 Sep 2018, 21:39

By the time I was old enough to have a sensible desire to be anything, for some reason I thought that opthalmology would be the career for me. Perhaps I just thought the word was cool, but it seems strangely specific for someone who's basically floated through life in an aimless fashion and ended up fairly lucky in the long-run.

I never really fancied working for a living. I guess part of being brought up Catholic is not having a protestant work ethic. I still like the idea of being a writer or a painter, despite not having a gift for words, and being quite remarkably untalented at drawing n' stuff.
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Re: What did you want to be when you grew up?

Postby Goat Boy » 26 Sep 2018, 21:42

Rayge wrote:
Goat Boy wrote: I've always just kinda fallen into things

Holes, canals, that sort of thing?


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Re: What did you want to be when you grew up?

Postby wannabee enfant terrible » 26 Sep 2018, 21:44

I wanted to be Susan George.
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Re: What did you want to be when you grew up?

Postby The Red Heifer » 26 Sep 2018, 21:59

Polishgirl wrote:A nun.


When I was 6 I was apparently all about becoming a priest, I remember buying Catholic related stuff for my room and what not. Lucky for me I grew out of that phase in a hurry.
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Re: What did you want to be when you grew up?

Postby Toby » 26 Sep 2018, 22:05

Palaeontologist. Sadly a complete ineptitude at science and all things academic meant it was never seriously going to happen.

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Re: What did you want to be when you grew up?

Postby The Modernist » 26 Sep 2018, 22:09

Toby wrote:Palaeontologist. Sadly a complete ineptitude at science and all things academic meant it was never seriously going to happen.


Look at it this way - at least you can spell it, which is more than can be said of 95% of the country! ;)

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Re: What did you want to be when you grew up?

Postby Polishgirl » 26 Sep 2018, 22:24

The Red Heifer wrote:
Polishgirl wrote:A nun.


When I was 6 I was apparently all about becoming a priest, I remember buying Catholic related stuff for my room and what not. Lucky for me I grew out of that phase in a hurry.


A Catholic upbringing + a vivid imagination = potent combination. Plus, I probably watched ‘The Sound Of Music ‘ and that film about St Bernadette a few too many times.
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Re: What did you want to be when you grew up?

Postby Polishgirl » 26 Sep 2018, 22:28

Darkness_Fish wrote:
I never really fancied working for a living. I guess part of being brought up Catholic is not having a protestant work ethic.


Ha! Very true. No time for work anyway; too busy sinning, then repenting, followed by a bit more sin, and repentance etc.
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Re: What did you want to be when you grew up?

Postby GoogaMooga » 26 Sep 2018, 23:01

In 1982 I spent a month in Paris, as a graduation present, and would hang out in the comics section at Fnac. They'd let you browse and read there all day long, unusual for a megastore. It was there that I spotted a loafer - a chubby, probably independently wealthy guy, who had a badge on his jacket with the wording, "I hate work". I thought that was funny. In the west, you are not really supposed to flaunt such an idea.
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Re: What did you want to be when you grew up?

Postby echolalia » 27 Sep 2018, 00:20

Sailor!

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Re: What did you want to be when you grew up?

Postby trans-chigley express » 27 Sep 2018, 00:27

Snarfyguy wrote:I don't recall ever wanting to grow up, to be honest.

Who says you have?

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Postby trans-chigley express » 27 Sep 2018, 00:36

I wanted to be a cartographer as I was obsessed with maps but my perception was that cartographers sat down and drew them by hand with lots of artistic licence. True in the past but nothing like that in the modern age and so much of it is simply computer generated and the romance of map making has largely gone.

Instead I became a surveyor doing the field work for mapping which is actually a lot more satifying and gets me working in the outdoors which is preferable than an office bound job anyway so it all worked out good. I prepare the maps too but nothing hand drawn of course so that side of things is not as satisfying as my young self imagined

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Re: What did you want to be when you grew up?

Postby Jimbo » 27 Sep 2018, 00:39

I went to a Miami horse racetrack with my dad and for decoration in the center of the racecourse there was a pond with a few small colorful sailboats, Sunfish, sailing about. I turned to my dad and said that sailing one of those boats would be a cool job and did he gave me a look.
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Re: What did you want to be when you grew up?

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trans-chigley express wrote:I wanted to be a cartographer as I was obsessed with maps but my perception was that cartographers sat down and drew them by hand with lots of artistic licence.


This reminds me. As a kid, I used to draw imaginary countries with cities and the cartography too of mountain ranges and rivers and large bays. I'd even think up histories of the countries.
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Re: What did you want to be when you grew up?

Postby Walk In My Shadow » 27 Sep 2018, 18:05

Polishgirl wrote:A nun.




who says, etc...
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Re: What did you want to be when you grew up?

Postby Walk In My Shadow » 27 Sep 2018, 18:12

Having run the high school paper for two years, I wanted to be a journalist.

So I enrolled at the university in my home town only to discover that for the first two years it was Sociology before you could specialise in Journalism.

I spent that first year mostly in student pubs and never looked back.

Then I went to work for a Bank for the next forty years.
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Re: What did you want to be when you grew up?

Postby trans-chigley express » 28 Sep 2018, 05:58

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trans-chigley express wrote:I wanted to be a cartographer as I was obsessed with maps but my perception was that cartographers sat down and drew them by hand with lots of artistic licence.


This reminds me. As a kid, I used to draw imaginary countries with cities and the cartography too of mountain ranges and rivers and large bays. I'd even think up histories of the countries.


Yep, I was the same, though I didn't go as far as histories.