I have very clear memories of my childhood career contemplations.
The most vivid and earliest memory of this is from pre-school, so I was probably about 5 years old. One day my teacher asked the class to draw a picture of what we wanted to be when we grew up. Can you guess what I drew?
My drawing suggests that from an early age I had already developed a love of all the things I still hold dear today. It also hints at the fact that I was not going to grow into a person of singular vision … I liked so many things in the world – so it was obviously too hard for me to choose just one future profession for myself.
I drew two pictures of myself – one as a Ballerina, the other as a Veterinarian … So, did you guess correctly?
While I’ve never been much of a dancer, I expect it was the pretty elegance and grace of ballerinas that made the world of ballet seem like a wonderful place to be. As it turns out, learning classical ballet was not something I ever actively pursued.
However becoming a veterinarian was a possibility I considered well into my final years of high school, but I suspect I always knew I wouldn’t find success in the field. I studied the right subjects, have a scientific mind, and love animals … but I just don’t think I could face saying goodbye to animals on a professional basis. My poor heart is too easily broken by such matters.
One thing I have actually done since childhood is write. My first short story was written by hand into a red vinyl-covered notebook, at the age of 8. I’ve been writing stories on and off ever since. Even though it’s been a life companion, sometimes I ‘hide’ away from my words, but that’s something I’m addressing this year.
Because my dream career and ‘real’ career have not yet aligned, whenever I’m asked that inevitable question, ‘What do you do?‘, I shall answer with my own question … ‘Shall I tell you what I want to do?‘
This post is part of the the ‘Seven Day Blogging Challenge’ being hosted by Andrew. The theme of this challenge was to ‘answer one question I think people visiting my blog may have’. All the details of the challenge are here, and you can see who else is taking part here.