THEN: As a child day dreaming of what your future would hold for you, what did you want to be when you grew up? Did you ever pursue or achieve it?Ah, then ...
NOW: If you could be trained and placed in any career beginning tomorrow, what would it be?
THEN, I wanted to be a mommy and have lots of children. I even wrote about it when I was in second grade.
THEN, I wanted to be a teacher.
When I started high school, for some reason that I can't even remember, I applied to the journalism class. My friend was doing it, so I guess that's why, although I literally have NO MEMORY of actually turning in a completed application. The class was a year of being a "cub reporter" and then full-on staff of the high school paper.
Anyway, you might think that was the beginning of my long, illustrious, uninterrupted journalism career.
Wrong, my fine friends.
I spent my sophomore year as a cub and my junior and senior years on the staff of my high school newspaper. My first year in college I ventured into the world of the campus newsroom, wrote one story and left.
Why? *shrug* Dunno. I was done, I think.
My new direction was ... preschool or lower primary school teacher. I threw myself into a psychology major and even taught preschool for several months as part of a class.
The plan was to apply to education school and get a teaching credential.
Senior year began, and I collected applications.
I filled them out.
Then I got to the essay: "Why do you want to go to education school?"
And I could. not. think. of. a. single. reason.
That sound you heard was the screeching of brakes as I turned the Janet car around 180 degrees.
Back to my "roots," so to speak.
I enrolled in the communications department classes and applied to journalism programs. Stat.
And never looked back.
Which brings full circle to ...
If I could do it all again and jump, fully trained, into a new career tomorrow, I would ...
Be a teacher.
But I would specifically teach music programs for preschoolers, which is something I posted about before. It's still something I am trying to put together. Some day.
If I could have a pipedream career, it would be to have success as a singer. A real one. With a recording contract and a tour.
But for now, I guess I'll just have to continue to grind away at my job at the failing newspaper biz.
If I had only known ...
Now go check out what the other Fun Monday players think about their careers then and now.