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What did you want to be?

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Glasgo Tue 09-Feb-21 20:04:10

What did you want to be when you ‘grew up’? I loved watching Fred Astaire in musical films and Sunday Night at the London Paladium. I was captured by the Tiller Girls, a dancing troupe, so a high kicking dancing girl was my aim. As a young girl I practiced kicking my height endlessly!

No I did not achieve my aim but I still love to dance.

Maggiemaybe Tue 09-Feb-21 20:31:43

A ballerina smile, despite the fact that I was a sturdy child blessed with what were described as footballer's legs (cheers, dad!). I had my name down at the nearest ballet school for years, or at least I like to believe I had - the classes were miles away from where I lived and would have been a real pain for my parents to get me to. They did buy me some lovely red ballet shoes, a coffee table adorned with ballet dancers for my bedroom, The Girls' Book of Ballet and an LP of Sleeping Beauty and the Nutcracker Suite, which I practically wore out as I thumped pirouetted around the room. Needless to say, I never made it. grin

Galaxy Tue 09-Feb-21 20:32:44

A detective grin. Way too much famous five, secret seven etc.

grandmajet Tue 09-Feb-21 20:36:58

A show jumper. Does anyone else remember Marion Coakes who won a silver Olympic medal on her pony, Stroller?

avitorl Tue 09-Feb-21 20:37:19

A Journalist until I realised that I would probably be reporting on local weddings and not much else.

JaneJudge Tue 09-Feb-21 20:39:44

An air hostess and yes, you've already guessed it - I dislike flying! grin

NellG Tue 09-Feb-21 20:39:44

Aww, such lovely stories smile - I can totally picture two little girls high kicking and pirouetting away.

I wanted be everything and changed my mind at least once a fortnight depending on what book I was reading, or which programme had caught my attention on the TV. Whatever the main character was doing, I wanted to be and do that - but only until the next thing caught my imagination.

That followed me into adult life and I've done lots of different things - I manage to last a bit longer than a fortnight now though ( but not much... haha).

Marydoll Tue 09-Feb-21 20:43:26

I always wanted to be a sleuth, Nancy Drew, Sherlock Holmes, Miss Marple, the Secret seven, Famous Five. I still do!

pensionpat Tue 09-Feb-21 20:43:53

I wanted to work in a library. When it is safe to do so, I shall be volunteering to help run a local library.

Maggiemaybe Tue 09-Feb-21 20:46:17

It's never too late, Marydoll! Have you read The Thursday Murder Club? You could team up with Galaxy. grin

Marydoll Tue 09-Feb-21 20:48:51

Maggiemaybe, I noticed it mentioned on another thread, I hadn't heard of it. I seem to have lost touch these days. Presently I'm reading the latest Donna Leon book, but she too seems to have lost her touch!

Galaxy Tue 09-Feb-21 20:55:39

We need a good name Marydoll!

Marydoll Tue 09-Feb-21 21:13:55

Galaxy, I have my thinking cap on! 🤣

Kim19 Tue 09-Feb-21 21:23:36

Loved numbers and managed to successfully crunch my way through them in the financial field. No regrets whatsoever.

Grannybags Tue 09-Feb-21 21:28:40


A show jumper. Does anyone else remember Marion Coakes who won a silver Olympic medal on her pony, Stroller?

Me too grandmajet!

Stroller was so small compared to all the others and flew over the jumps.

All I ever wanted was my own horse but never did

Glasgo Tue 09-Feb-21 21:29:05

Thanks all such terrific replies. Maggiemaybe I attended ballet and tap lessons and trod the boards at concerts in our local town hall.

Galaxy and Marydoll I loved adventure books and also saw myself as a bit of a detective. Nearly scared myself to death when I was about ten years old. Pulled back the kitchen curtains to be confronted by a thief staring back at me in the process of stealing my dad’s push bike. I flew out the door after him shouting “stop thief”! He was too fast for me, he didn’t get the bike, but I adverted a serious crime.
Pensionpat I like nothing better than visiting my local library although it looks as though it may be closing permanently with budget cuts.

Jaxjacky Tue 09-Feb-21 22:14:07

I dithered between a probation officer and a policewoman, trained as a nanny and ended up employing one later on!

BlueSky Tue 09-Feb-21 22:18:24

I would have loved being a doctor or a vet!

M0nica Tue 09-Feb-21 22:23:11

I wanted to be the first woman Prime Minister, but then I grew up.

MissAdventure Tue 09-Feb-21 22:36:56

A farmer's wife.
I never thought about being the actual farmer, or where the lambs and calves might end up.

Glasgo Tue 09-Feb-21 22:51:49

Great diversity of answers. Can honestly say MOnica I never thought about becoming Prime Minister.
Thinking about my three grandsons I wonder what their aspirations are and if I will be around to see them in employment. So different to when I grew up. Then we had more choices and a guarantee of a job even if it wasn’t our first choice.

nanna8 Tue 09-Feb-21 23:47:03

A vet. Still wish I had been but I did completely the wrong subjects and there was absolutely no assistance or information from my school. We were all expected to be nurses, teachers or homemakers so I ended up as a teacher and then changed to social welfare. All too hard to change by then.

Bodach Tue 09-Feb-21 23:53:36

A fighter pilot.

Kalu Wed 10-Feb-21 00:33:23

A Pathologist.

Hetty58 Wed 10-Feb-21 00:41:09

I still haven't decided what I'll be when I grow up!