What I Want to Be When I Grow Up

I have a problem. I’m 40-something and still don’t know what I want to be when I grow up. Honestly.

At one time, I thought I knew what I wanted to do. I loved photography and writing. I was going to be a fabulous photojournalist. That lasted until my sophomore year at KU. After taking a media class, I realized that I loved the idea of broadcast journalism. At a certain point in my major classes, I had an epiphany. I didn’t have a “nose for news.” I did love the production side of broadcasting, but didn’t love it to work 80 hours a week for $15,000 a year until I made it. You really have to love something to be willing to suffer in that way. The idea of going through all that made me miserable. 

So, panicked at having no idea what I could major in  being the ever-practical college student, I went to the career center on Jayhawk Boulevard, and spent an hour or so on a computer that would miraculously tell me what I should do for a living. Top of the list? Librarian. I poo-poohed that idea. I was too cool to be a librarian. Librarian’s were old women who had no life, after all. After much consideration and debate, I changed my major to psychology with the hope to get a Ph.D. and teach college courses.

What I Want to Be When I Grow Up
My college graduation day. I thought I knew what I wanted to be, but I was wrong.

And that was the beginning of me being uncertain about what I wanted to be when I grew up. My problem? I wanted to do everything! I went as far, in school, as getting a Master’s degree in psychology before school-burnout derailed my intentions. Since then, I have worked in retail management, college residence life managing residence halls, teaching 1st grade, and now, as a stay-at-home mom and blogger. 

While I love my current jobs, I still long to try a few more careers. Here are just 10 of the possible jobs I would like to try:

1. Librarian

Yep, that job I poo-poohed as a college junior, I now would love! I wish I could go back and smack myself! I would have made a great librarian. I love research and books. What could be better than getting lost in the shelves every day and get paid for it?

2. Professional Genealogist

I have a love of family history; a love I discovered long after college. Not only do I like researching my own family (when I have time, which is none now that I’m a mom), I enjoy looking up others’ family trees.

3. Airline Pilot

I would love to do this; however, I have one major problem. I don’t know how to fly. 

4. Singer

Singing makes me happy! I’ve loved it since I was a little girl, and I think I have a nice voice (my husband says I do…that counts, right?). What I don’t have is the nerve to get up in front of a crowd and be judged. 

5. Travel Writer

I love traveling. I love writing. Why not put them together and come up with the best of both worlds? How do people get that job anyway? 

6. Travel Agent

I would rock at this job! Seriously, rock! I love planning vacations! I search for the best deals. I create charts and analyze the best options any time we go on a trip. Doing it for others would be great!

7. Personal Assistant

When I was in grad school, my fellow students told me I should be a personal assistant. I think they are right. I’m good at staying organized and keeping track of appointments for others. Doing it for myself? Well, I need my own personal assistant. 

8. Buyer for Department Store

I would love to be the person choosing what a store is going to sell. Put me in charge of plus-size clothing and I might get some cute stuff on the shelves. In particular, plus-size maternity at a major department store, something virtually non-existent.

9. Formula-1 Racer

While I know this one won’t ever happen, I think it would be great. I’d love to be behind the wheel driving fast! Since that will never happen, I’ll have to enjoy the thrills that come with playing Need for Speed on my Playstation. 

10. Writer/Novelist

I do write nearly every day, but I’m not really getting paid for it. I would like to reach a point where people want to pay me for my writing; enough to earn a living. Someday it will happen.


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About Denise

Hi! I'm Denise, a 40+ year old SAHM trying to navigate the world of motherhood. I blog about parenting, food, and have been featured a few times on BlogHer. I enjoys solving mysteries (Okay..reading mysteries or watching them on TV), cooking, and drinking way too much caffeine than I should. Basically, anything I needs to do to survive the toddler years.



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    1. LOL! I’m glad I’m not alone. Right now I freak out the KU students who call to raise funds for KU Endowment. They ask what I do and I say I’m a stay-at-home mom. You can tell they don’t know how to process that. Bwahaha! 😉

  1. I also wore many hats throughout the years that I was raising my kids! I finally found my niche when I worked at a hospital as an accounting clerk. I moved up at another hospital as the controller and another hospital as the CFO. I am now working at a grain cooperative as the grain accountant. Crunching numbers is what I do, and I love it! I look at your list and I would love to try everything on it, but as a fifty-something, I realize it’s only practical to stay with something I enjoy. The nice paycheck and great benefits don’t hurt either!
    My kids and grandkids are scattered in four other states, so I’ve often dreamed of getting my pilot’s license. Fortunately, one of them lives close by in the sunflower state! 🙂

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