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What I want to be when I grow up

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CariGransnet (GNHQ) Thu 17-May-12 15:11:36

Birdsong's guest blog post looks at life ambition.

Career choice was very limited for many young women in the 50s and 60s. Were you able to follow your dreams? What would you have chosen if you had the chance? And do you still have ambitions you aim to fulfil?

Butternut Thu 17-May-12 15:31:42

I really wanted to be a Hospital Almoner - which I suppose today is equivalent to a medical social worker [?]. So I didn't stray too far from the branch in ending up as a

Butternut Thu 17-May-12 15:33:16

Don't know whether I'm grown up or not yet - depends on the day! Good day I feel around mid 30's. Bad day about 10. grin

granjura Thu 17-May-12 15:55:46

Well - I am not sure yet either smile

When I left, aged 19, for my first 6 months abroad (London) I didn't know what I wanted to do- but I was absolutely sure about what I absolutely did NOT want.

a/ getting married (married aged 20)

b/ have children until I was at least 30 (1 aged 22, 1 aged 25)

c/ become a teacher (got my B.Ed Hons Degree and started teaching aged 32)

Che sera ... sera.

susiecb Thu 17-May-12 16:16:53

I wanted to be a journalist but my parents said it was a disreputable profession. Perhaps they had certain Editors in mind!

Pennysue Thu 17-May-12 17:05:15

I wanted to be a police officer - no-one pointed out that as I wore glasses I could not be a police officer - sadly to late now that the rules have been changed.

When I grow up I want to be
1. rich
2. beautiful
3. have straight hair
4. be able to eat what I like and not put on weight
5. be a brilliant artist etc. etc.

Annobel Thu 17-May-12 17:25:00

What I want to be when I grow up: fit.

absentgrana Thu 17-May-12 17:32:25

When I was a child I wanted to grow up to be my cousin Maureen. She was older than me, clever, gentle, kind, loving, thoughtful, lovely, and with immense inner strength. When the task of speaking at her funeral fell to me, I began and ended my eulogy with the words, "When I grow up I want to be my cousin Maureen." I wish…

jeni Thu 17-May-12 17:33:34

My headmistress thought I ought to go to Oxford, read theology and become a missionary?

ME? confused

Butternut Thu 17-May-12 17:49:00

Well, I think your HM was right on two counts! grin

vampirequeen Thu 17-May-12 17:57:59

I don't want to grow up. I used to think I wanted to. In fact at one point I thought I was. Then I reached 50 and I thought of all those things I'd never done because I was grown up. Grown ups have to set an example and worry about what other people think of them. Children just have fun.

So if it doesn't offend or hurt anyone now I just have fun regardless of whether people approve of my childish behaviour. In the last three years I have rediscovered the fun of cycling, splashing in the sea (the North Sea lol), leaf fights, muddy puddles, building sandcastles, eating icecream in winter, rock pooling, tickling, making cola volcanoes (put a minto in a bottle of it outside and stand well back lol) and much, much more.

MrsJamJam Thu 17-May-12 18:19:52

susiecb our parents must have been in collusion because I was also forbidden from becoming a journalist as it was considered VERY disreputable.

My school suggested teaching, so I immediately did a secretarial course in order avoid such a terrible fate - and in due course did an OU degree, a teaching qualification and became a primary teacher for 30 years!

I've given up being a grown-up, as after trying it for a while I decided it was definitely over-rated grin

jeni Thu 17-May-12 18:41:42


glassortwo Thu 17-May-12 18:49:55

I would like to be an Architect when I grow up!

Gally Thu 17-May-12 19:00:48

I don't really want to grow up either - I just keep putting it off but if I have to, I would like to be a classical musician or an opera singer - trouble is, I only did piano to Grade 6, can't play any other instrument and the voice is going - but there's always hope......
I was always a very buttoned-up child, afraid to do anything that wasn't allowed or was frowned upon, so maybe I could regress and do all the things I didn't do as a child??hmm

Maniac Thu 17-May-12 19:01:54

'I long to be a prima donna,donna,donna.

vampirequeen Thu 17-May-12 19:28:57

Go for it Gally. Regression is wonderful. The world is so much more exciting from a child's point of view lol

nanachrissy Thu 17-May-12 19:45:09

Gally this is opbviously where you and I went wrong! I was a goody goody child too, and now we both feel like boring old f**rts.

I have had my moments grin but not enough by half! confused

Gally Thu 17-May-12 20:11:44

OK Nanachrissie you and I will go for it - where shall we start? Time is short, we have to bite the bullet and become un boring old f**ts. On the other hand, regressing has its upsides having watched the 2 year old leading her mummy a merry dance all day - I do fancy a bit of foot stamping, opening the mouth as wide as possible and howling for no good reason grin

fieldwake Thu 17-May-12 20:21:53

Still don't know,

I wanted to work on a boat but couldn't until age 21 by the I was married

I wanted to go to Art College at interview they said if no good after 6 months have to leave. My mum said 'what else do you like doing?' I said "embroidery" so I ended up doing City & Guilds domestic science course. It didn't lead to a job but the knowledge of food science in these days of food fads has stayed with me. I can make a mattress, a lampshade, cook for 50, clean a Georgian House..

I was a hotel book-keeper receptionist for many years. Married had 3 children, was a croupier, did a humanities degree, civil servant, ended up in a call centre and couldn't wait to retire

In my spare time I did organic farming, followed pre celtic customs, school pta, lunches,cleaning.....

in 12 years been on 10 committees (5 at once) played bingo, health visitor for 3 years, worked my way thro' archaeoloogy, history, skittles, boules, bridge, rummykub, mahjong, family history, the list goes on WI.... I grasp something do in depth, do to death and move on to something else....nearing 72 I now watch tv and am getting addicted to granset!

nanaej Thu 17-May-12 21:36:07

When I grow up I would like to be a musician or a singer please grin

Since my music teacher laughed at me when I auditioned ( everyone had to) for the school choir I have not sung a note if anyone else can hear me ( except in classrooms with the kids or when v drunk!). I sulked in music lessons after that so never learned to read music properly. Big regret sad

Dancinggran Thu 17-May-12 21:42:04

Having danced from the age of three, I wanted to be a Ballerina, unfortunately I didn't grow tall enough (only 4' 10") and wasn't really the right physique. I did eventually went on to teach ballet and tap, although I have now retired from that. I am choreographer for a couple of local amateur societies but no longer perform. My ambition is to enjoy life - no matter what!!

Dancinggran Thu 17-May-12 21:43:56

I think that should read I did eventually go on to teach....

Annika Thu 17-May-12 22:17:06

When I grow up I want to stop growing !!!! There is more of me now than there was 10 years ago, where has my waist gone ?

flump Thu 17-May-12 22:49:00

My DH thinks I was born old and has mentioned, on occasions, that I do things back to front. So if that's the case, I should be on well on my way to 'childhood' when I start collecting my pension! Does that mean I'm growing down? confused