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What did you want to be when you grew up as a little kid? Why?

Asked by irocktheworld (2119points) July 10th, 2009

I’ve always wanted to be a veternarian since i’ve always loved animals and i always wanted to go underwater and take pictures of sea creatures and this may sound corny but i’ve really wanted to be a singer and actress too :P

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filmfann's avatar

An Astronaut. I became too tall, too blind, and had motion sickness.
I still think they are the studs of the planet.

DominicX's avatar

I don’t remember desiring a particular profession as a child that I had my heart set on. I do remember wanting to be an FBI agent or a teacher, however. Those, while totally different, both remain possibilities for me. I’m 17 (soon to be 18) and I still don’t really know what I want to do.

The_Compassionate_Heretic's avatar

I wanted to be an archeologist after seeing the Indiana Jones films.
Then I discovered what archeologists actually do.

Allie's avatar

I wanted to be an architect, then I wanted to be a mechanical engineer. I always liked building things. I had a set of Lincoln Logs that I loved. And on Take Your Daughter to Work Day I saw mechanical engineers test the strength of a metal rod and thought it was pretty cool.
Now… I’m a sociology major. =]

cak's avatar

An archeologist! Like @The_Compassionate_Heretic, I saw the Indiana Jones films and that was it, for me!

That feeling passed and a few other career dreams passed, too – but I’m happy where I am now. :)

Tink's avatar

I’ve always wanted to be a Marine Biologist
or a proffesional drummer but don’t see that ever happening :(

Allibaby808's avatar

I always wanted to be a singer haha but I still can’t carry a tune well…doesn’t stop me from rocking out in the car though! I then went to school for nursing and that wasn’t it either so I finally realized i should have focused on art in the first place and now I am an interior design student.

benjaminlevi's avatar

A paleontologist and a pirate

Allibaby808's avatar

o0o0o @benjaminlevi, yeah a pirate would have been cool too! lol

Jack79's avatar

Painter because I liked painting.

Phobia's avatar

I was asked this in school one day and I answered, “Suicide Bomber”. I’ll never forget the priceless look on my friend’s and teacher’s faces.

But really, I wanted to be a firefighter…until I found out that arson was easier.

justn's avatar

I always wanted to be a forklift driver because forklifts are just so darn cool!

CMaz's avatar

An Astronaut. I became too stoned, too hungry for the babes, and had average grades.
I still think they are super cool.

Sorry FilmFann had to plagiarize a bit.

Bluefreedom's avatar

I’ve always been a fan of aviation and I had grand ideas of becoming a commerical airline pilot someday which didn’t work out. I also like the field of law enforcement and I wanted to join the military too. The latter two choices were the ones that I stuck with and it’s led to a still ongoing 20+ year career as a military policeman. I have no regrets.

Jayne's avatar

A pink baby girl golden hamster. According to the ineffaceable archives of maternal memory, at least. This was when I was around three years old. The prospect has lost some of its charm over the years.

marinelife's avatar

First, a geologist. I am still a major rock hound.

As an adult, I wished that I could have been a figure skater, but I wasn’t really aware of that as a child.

DeanV's avatar

I wanted to be a fire truck. Really.

It then changed more into a professional musician, but I am planning to go into engineering right now…

laureth's avatar

A minister, a Native American, and an archaeologist.

I solved all that by being Pagan for a while. :)

SuperMouse's avatar

@Jayne, I should introduce you to my niece, she wanted to be a frog when she was that age!

I wanted to be a model, a lawyer, and a pilot. Note I didn’t say or I wanted to be all three.

marinelife's avatar

@Jayne We only have your word for it that you have not become a girl golden hamster. : D

irocktheworld's avatar

@Jayne lol you wanted to be a hamster? :P

cak's avatar

@Bluefreedom – as a kid I was fascinated by flying and pilots. I even got to meet Chuck Yeager at a dinner my father attended, when I was a child. My mom wanted to go, but my dad insisted on taking me, so I could me him. I walked on air for months, after wards. I knew that because of my vision and a defect in one of my eyes, I could never pursue that dream. It never stopped my love flying and aviation history.

Allie's avatar

@Jayne And what a pretty, pretty female hamster you would have been.

marinelife's avatar

@Allie I am in complete agreement. Lurve!

Facade's avatar

I wanted to be a chemist, so I could blow things up.

Also, I wanted to be the next Dominique Dawes.

prude's avatar

a ballerina, my dad had me in classes for about a year, I was like four or something. I wanted to be like tinkerbell;)

Blondesjon's avatar

For as long as I can remember I always wanted to be a writer.

I work on a farm now.

benjaminlevi's avatar

or a robot, that would have been cool too

cak's avatar

Oh.. being a robot, that reminds me of Lost In Space! Danger, Will Robinson!

Jayne's avatar

Pretty I may be, but I constantly struggle with the existential paradox of being both pink and golden at the same time. Life’s not easy as a pink baby girl golden hamsters, lest you should consider following in my pawsteps.

Randy's avatar

I wanted to be Batman. He has everything. Actually… I still want to be Batman.

AstroChuck's avatar

A cartoonist. I had a talent for drawing and did so constantly. Now, instead of using a pencil to draw some masterpiece, I use a pencil to dig out all the dog crap from my shoes after finishing my mail route.

Blondesjon's avatar

@AstroChuck. . .<sings> Ain’t it funny how time slips awayyy…

filmfann's avatar

@cak I am totally jealous! Chuck is my hero!

fireinthepriory's avatar

I wanted to be a teacher. How boring is that?? And now I’m a biologist, which is way more awesome than if I’d been a 3rd grade teacher or whatever. :)

loser's avatar

I wanted to be a cowboy.

SirBailey's avatar

I wanted to be a doctor. I grew up in the age of Dr. Kildare and Ben Casey. They were cool. I even had a Ben Casey shirt.

cak's avatar

@filmfann It was a wonderful evening. I just remember being so amazed by him. Score another one for dad – he always did special things like that, paid close attention to people we wanted to meet and tried really hard to make it happen. :)

marinelife's avatar

@AstroChuck You are a cartoon. Oh, cartoonist. Sorry.

Bluefreedom's avatar

@cak. I’m jealous. It would have been very cool to meet Chuck Yeager. I’m still thinking of pursuing a private pilot’s license someday if I have the financial means to do so.

jamielynn2328's avatar

My daughter wants to be the wicked witch from Wizard of Oz so she can marry Jack the Pumpkin King from Nightmare Before Christmas.

Tink's avatar

Omg!!! I wanna marry him too!!!
I <3 Jack Skellington

jamielynn2328's avatar

@Tink1113 My daughter is obsessed. She has all the songs on her mp3 and sings them soulfully. He is her first love. She is six. I’ve never seen anything so adorable.

Blondesjon's avatar

@jamielynn2328 & @Tink1113 . . .I think Sally might have something to say about this.

Tink's avatar

Awww ^_^
Let her talk all she wants, he’s still mine :P

cookieman's avatar

I wanted to be a pilot because my father was on an aircraft carrier in Vietnam. After seeing his reel-to-reel movies of the F4s taking off from the deck, I was hooked (as the planes were when they later returned to the deck).

After returning home, Dad remained in aviation which helped continue my obsession. I spent a lot of time at the airport with him – around small jets and props mostly.

I looked into the navy but was too tall for a pilot. Just as well, because by then I had begun pursuing my other childhood love; drawing.

Now I’m a graphic designer.

Saturated_Brain's avatar

I used to play with Lego blocks and Jenga blocks. I’d stack them up and form buildings and structures, carefully balancing and placing each individual block. And after that I’d shake the whole table violently to stimulate an earthquake and watch in glee as the structure tumbled and crashed. Then I’d carefully sort through each section of the ruin, seeing which part survived and which didn’t. And if it didn’t, why it didn’t.

That’s when it hit me: I wanted to become an architect.

Of course, it’s changed now. Especially since I know that I can’t do that on a larger scale.

Reality bites

Aethelwine's avatar

When I was a child I wanted to work at Disneyland. When I was a teenager I wanted to be a photographer for National Geographic.

I’m a stay-at-home mom now and am very happy.

AstroChuck's avatar

@jonsblond- Ooh, lucky. I want to be a stay-at-home mom too.

Aethelwine's avatar

@AstroChuck I hope you get the chance. Just don’t feed the baby chili.

MacBean's avatar

Ooh! I just answered this question recently. Hooray for the “Answers” feature in profiles; it made this one easy to find and C&P!

A journalist, a firefighter, a kindergarten teacher, a college professor, a social worker, an elephant trainer, a funeral director, a psychologist. (I was a firefighter for a while. I got to the student teaching stage before giving up on “kindergarten teacher” and switching majors. And I was on the path to psychology when I left school.)

RealEyesRealizeRealLies's avatar

When I was a little kid, I wanted to grow up to be a big kid. That’s what I thought adults were back then. Impossible for me to look at any vocation through the responsible eyes of an adult. I thought everyone just played job.

Grisaille's avatar

A Marine. Haven’t given that up yet.

Jack_Haas's avatar

Cop in LA, oilman or stock trader.

janbb's avatar

I wanted to be a teenager in the worst way! When I was in high school, I wanted to be a set designer for the theater.

aprilsimnel's avatar

I wanted to be a rock star. I have a great voice and enjoy singing. But I didn’t see people who looked like me who were ROCK stars until I was well too old to go for that sort of career.

I could kick myself for being such a chickenshit about it as a younger woman. There’s nothing wrong with being a trailblazer. Maybe I could trailblaze being an middle-aged rock star, hmm?

Jude's avatar

When I was 5, a school bus driver.

I’m now a 3rd grade teacher.

cookieman's avatar

@aprilsimnel: Why couldn’t you start a rock band now. You could at least be a local rock star – and it’d be a fun side gig.

Its not too late.

irocktheworld's avatar

@aprilsimnel i also had a dream of being a rockstar since i thought i had a great voice :P

whatthefluther's avatar

I was really into science and enjoyed messing with a microscope and chemistry sets when I was young. I ended up getting my BA in Biology and managed to also keep tradition by messing around with some very interesting chemical compounds in the ‘70s. See ya…

ABoyNamedBoobs03's avatar

a physicist :). almost there

or a comedian.

AstroChuck's avatar

@ABoyNamedBoobs03- Why can’t you be both?

Allie's avatar

@AstroChuck@ABoyNamedBoobs03 is already a comedian. ;)

Randy's avatar

@Allie With a name like @ABoyNamedBoobs03, how could he NOT be?

AstroChuck's avatar

@Allie- Yes, but not both.
Well, not yet, at least.

ABoyNamedBoobs03's avatar

alllliieeeeee where the hell have you been?!?!?!?!??!

Allie's avatar

@ABoyNamedBoobs03 I could ask the same of you, buddy.

ABoyNamedBoobs03's avatar

I know :(. I moved back to my hometown for summer, my brothers and I bought two houses for resale and such, and I’m playing in a rugby league, it’s been hectic to say the least.

ekans's avatar

I wanted to be a wood chipper truck.
I was sad when I found out that I couldn’t be one.

marinelife's avatar

Isn’t, by definition, A Boy Named Boobs already both?

ABoyNamedBoobs03's avatar

@Marina I haven’t graduated yet.

but I AM freaking hilarious now that you mention it ;)

AstroChuck's avatar

Modest too.

marinelife's avatar

@BNB3 I meant both boy and girl. it was a silly tongue-in-cheeky response.

ABoyNamedBoobs03's avatar


I get asked about my name all the time, it’s a really long story that isn’t even that funny to be honest lol. I don’t really have boobs despite what chuck will tell you.

marinelife's avatar

I go by the quality of the posts not the name. I think you are a great addition to Fluther.

ratboy's avatar

An adult—I didn’t to be conspicuous.

MrBr00ks's avatar

A businessman. Because it was fun and the good ideas always came to me like sun in the sky.

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