I can’t remember this question ever being posed to me as a child – funny huh? I’m sure was asked more than once, but the fact that I can’t remember it probably means I didn’t struggle with the answer. I knew I wanted to work as an accountant at one point, but I think that was my Accounting teacher in high school influencing me – although I DO love to work with numbers! I have asked my children this question, and they are no further enlightened that I imagine I was – no burning desires to be doctors, lawyers or even accountants for that matter – huh :-).
The job I do today I grew into. I started working as a clerk, then worked my way through several jobs for the same company and eventually into the programming field, then into operational support for systems and now into a combination of outsourcing contract management and project management. I enjoy the work I do, but it’s still a job – you know what I mean?
I’ve always envied those who knew at a young age EXACTLY what they wanted to be. A friend’s son has recently become an RCMP Officer at the young age of 22 and he is “living his dream” as his parents put it. He knew from a young age – involved himself in the right organizations in his youth, in high school and then in college – and here he is – right where he wants to be. Wow! I wish!
A few weeks ago we had friends over for dinner and over dessert, we got to talking about what we would “be” if we could choose today. It was interesting to hear some of the choices “Chef”, “Structural Engineer”, “Historian” – even mine - “Architect”! And you know – if I think back, I have always, way back to my teens (and that's a LONG time ago), poured over floor plans and home designs. When I took the AutoCAD course as part of my Residential Decorator program, I literally FELL IN LOVE with that work. I even speculated about offering that as a service as part of my Decorating business – for other design professionals who are not enamoured with CAD programs – and I may still do that.
Starting over at this point in my life can definitely be done – I’ve always believed that we are NEVER to old to learn – but I’m not sure I have the energy for a university education at this point in my life. I have, however, worked very hard to get my Residential Decorator certificate and I think I can be satisfied with contributing to at least the look and feel of a home rather than the bricks and mortar – yep – quite satisfied (as all the pics in this post prove)!
So my blogger friends – what do YOU want to be when you grow up?