6 things I wanted to be when I was a kid

things I wanted to be when I was a kid

When we are kids we have the best dreams, dreams that we are always hopeful of turning into reality. So when asked what do you want to be when you grow up, we had our answers ready. Our answers kept changing, but our answers were always honest. Our answers were influenced by what our parents did, by the shows we watched and so on. But at that point of time, for us that was the best job in the world. So here is what I wanted to be!
When I was a kid, this was the obvious profession that I wanted to take up when I grew up. I come from a family of teachers. So as a kid when I saw mom and dad teaching their students, I dreamed that one day I’d do that too. So when dad finished takingΒ tuitionsΒ in the evening, I would pull a stool, stand on it and scribble on the blackboard. And this what I wanted to be for a long time. And did I become a teacher? Yes, if you can count taking classes for juniors for a competitive exam as teaching. That assignment lasted for a month or so, but that was the best time I tell you.
2. Librarian
My love for books started from the time I learned to read and write. Yes, that was before I stepped into school. But the textbooks were plain boring. I wanted to read stories and more stories! And I wanted to be surrounded by books all the time. That was when I decided that I wanted to be a librarian. To be able to read as many books as I wanted to, to be surrounded by many books all the time was the best thing ever to me and it still is. This dream still craves to be turned to reality. I’ll start my own library someday may be?
The reason behind this is the same as the one behind being a librarian- my love for books. While growing up, I read whatever books I could get and I was amazed by the wonders that authors created by the magic of their words. I wanted to weave stories of my own, write poems of my own and create a world of my own. And the first time when my poem appeared in the newspaper I danced! I still have a copy of that newspaper at home. This is what I still want to be! Do you think I can become a famous author someday?
If there is something that comes close to my love for books, it has to be… Wait, I can’t decide. It is a tie between music and nature. I love being surrounded by greenery and I love flowers. My mom comes from an agricultural family and whenever I went to my grandma’s place, I loved looking at the crops grow. Back at home, my mom started this tiny garden in the little space that we have. We grew some flowers, fruits and vegetables. We still do but it is lesser now as I am not at home. I helped mom in the garden in whatever way I could. I loved plants. And while at school whenever there was a project or an assignment about plants, I was the happiest! Once when we had to collect different types of leaves I went with 40 different varieties! I visited all my neighbors houses, walked on the streets and in the end hard work paid off! This made me want to be a botanist and learn more about plants. But when chemical equations for photosynthesis, Calvin cycle, ATP and ADP came into the picture the desire of pursuing botany died! But I still want to have a large garden and try different gardening techniques. So from wanting to be a botanist and a gardener, I now want to be a gardener only.
5. Astronaut/Astronomer
The skies have always fascinated me. I read things about planets and stars. Whenever there was an article in the newspapers or magazines about outer space, I used to cut it out and stick it in a scrapbook I made. I wanted to know more about space. I wanted to be an astronomer. And then when I read about Kalpana Chawla and Sunitha Williams, I wanted to go to space! I still do! May be SpaceX? And yes I wanted to work in ISRO(Indian Space Research Organization) . I decided to take up the ISAT(Entrance test for Engineering courses specific to Space technology) after 12th, but not having an examination center close to my place dashed my hopes. May be I can still try for a job in ISRO, can’t I?
This decision was made when I was a 9 year old when I’d just lost my dad to cancer.I’d seen his pain. I’d seen him suffer and I always wondered if there was nothing to ease the pain. Was there no cure? I wanted to find out. I wanted to be a doctor, an oncologist to be precise. Years passed by but this dream was still strong. The other career paths mentioned were all in addition to this one. This was what I wanted to be. I studied biology as long as I could.Yes I cleared medical entrance with a good enough rank to get a seat in a good medical college in Karnataka. But I couldn’t do it. Financial problems being the reason.
So when I look back at all the things that I wanted to be as a kid, most of the things are still career paths that I would love to pursue. And if you wondering what did I actually turned out to be, I’m an engineer now- an Electronics and Communication Engineer. So that was my story, what about you? What did you want to be?


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25 responses to “6 things I wanted to be when I was a kid”

  1. Di says:

    I wanted to be a teacher, but it took a long time to get there. I had other great careers before becoming an ESL teacher and heading for China and South Korea to work. Pop in and see my latest post. http://dihill.com.au/supermoon/

  2. I have never heard a child say they want to be a Botanist , so that was new:)
    So nice to read this post, Reema.

  3. Modern Gypsy says:

    I also wanted to be a librarian and author when I was a kid! I still sometimes dream of owning a bookstore! πŸ˜‰

  4. I wanted to be none of these, maybe considered doctor. Botanist? Didn’t even know kids knew what that was.

  5. I smiled while reading this post.. I too wanted to be a librarian, an author/poet when i was a child. I also wanted to be a painter- an artist.

  6. Wow!!
    Very interesting post!! It took me back to my childhood where everything seemed possible!

  7. Hi, interesting how the world around us and the experiences in it shape up our childhood dreams and what we turn out to be in the end when reality takes control of your life.

  8. Suzy says:

    How interesting that you wanted to be a botanist As a young kid I don’t think I even knew that profession existed. In my mid teens I got interested in anthropology – I still am but life has taken me on a completely different road, one I enjoy too.

  9. Interesting choices of a thoughtful and aware child I must say….! I wished to be a lawyer, or a teacher…..But am currently a mother and a housewife…..:D….Taught in a college for a brief period of time before getting married and coming to US….Now with kids growing, maybe a few more years before I can go back to full-time teaching again.

  10. Rajlakshmi says:

    hey I did the same project of collecting different leaves. πŸ˜€ I so wanted to be an Astronaut, until I realized I sucked at physics πŸ˜› Now I want to be a Ninja πŸ˜› Your list is so much similar to mine πŸ™‚

  11. Dreams….
    If there’s one thing I didn’t want to be was a teacher – and I became one (one of the many things I did).
    At the end of the day, all we need to be is content with what we’ve become.

  12. Apeksha Rao says:

    It is so amazing that our mind knows no limits, when we are children. It allows us to dream of being an astronaut and a botanist at the same time. Why do we have to grow up?

  13. Author and Poet! Reema.I think you are almost there!

  14. Hey I got 3 matching! Librarian, teacher and astronaut!
    But being an astronaut is probably still my dream job, even though I’m no way close to getting into the stratosphere and beyond. It would be completely amazing to just hover in space, looking at the universe <3

  15. Deepa says:

    I wanted to be a teacher as my parents were in teaching line too. Botanist is new and I don’t think I ever thought about this when I was small πŸ™‚

  16. As kids we are so much in awe of all the people whom we see around us,, very nice article and you have made it so interesting
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  17. Ramya Rao says:

    Haha. Except for the librarian. All of the things are the same,Reema. I wanted to be an oncologist too as I lost my grandmother to cancer. How I have become something very different from what I thought. These dreams at times haunt me. But maybe one day, any of them will come true. πŸ˜‰

  18. I think Reema you would have been a wonderful doctor.But now you are something better.Definitely in the famous writer category.
    I wanted to be a teacher by day and doctor by evening and fly an aeroplane.
    I love gardening ,reading books and writing.
    Wanted to be a librarian when I was young.Now I am a doctor a teacher and a blogger.I still want to learn to fly.

    Lovely lovely post.Sorry for the ramblings

  19. Vinodini says:

    My, my, that’s a whole lot of dreams you had! Funnily, I never had any such plans. I guess I was too lazy as a kid. πŸ™‚

  20. Love the different professions you aspired to be in. I wanted to be so many things. Doctor, accountant, lawyer, teacher, bus driver and last was film actor. I never thought of dabbling into journalism where I spent five years of my life and writing stories, though always loved reading.

  21. Sid says:

    Interesting list, Reema. I’m not sure what I wanted to be. I knew I wanted to be happy at what I was doing. I guess I finally am πŸ™‚

  22. You seem to be a bright and an intelligent student with all the above choices, especially Botanist.

  23. I wanted to be an English teacher, an artist (can’t even doodle) and a writer. And I became a writer.

  24. Ranjini says:

    Except botanist and doctor, I have been there πŸ˜€ I also had lawyer, singer and sanskrit teacher to the list πŸ˜›
    And sure Reems! You already are an author and you will write more books for sure! πŸ™‚ You have the fire in you.

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