As a kid we all get asked, ‘What do you want to be when you grow up?’. The answer is always filled with dreams of being doctors, lawyers, astronauts and firemen. Although, as a female, we all grow up also dreaming of being with doctors, lawyers, astronauts and fireman. I can tell you now, none of those kids are what they first answered or we would have a shit load of ‘billionaire playboy superheros’ and ‘princesses’.
I find asking this questions at any age is ridiculous. I am 45 years old and still not sure what it is I am going to end up being when I grow up. Don’t get me wrong, I did it all right. I graduated from high school – so I had a good start with ‘educated’ and not ‘drop out’. At that point I had no idea what I wanted to be when I grew up, so I did what every lost 18 year old would do, I got a job in a restaurant. It was a great job filled with fun and, of course, money. I was living the dream.
It was after three years of working I asked ‘What do I want be when I grow up?’ IÂ decided I wanted to be an accountant, so I went back to college and proceeded to get several acronyms behind my name. I worked as an accountant for about 10 years before I realized how boring it was.
Again I asked, ‘What do I want to be when I grow up?’ It was answered when my company was looking for accountants to move into IT and help with a new software they were implementing. I was revived and my question answered again, I was now an IT Analysis. This job lead me through an amazing career ending up as a manager at a large Consulting firm. But, it was stressful and tiring, so change was again needed.
Again I asked, ‘What do I want to be when I grow up?’ My husband answered the question this time by asking for my help opening our second restaurant. It is exciting, yet scary, I have come full circle back to the restaurant life, so maybe the answer to my question was answered when I was 18.
Or was it?