I was having this conversation with Bill the other day, well a conversation along those lines, but about our children. If any of you have read Bill’s recent posts you’ll know he has a heck of a lot to be proud of, you can check those out here. My children are ten and eleven and already they have said they want to be a plethora of things when they grow up, which got me to thinking of all the things I wanted to be. So, for your amusement and maybe to give you a little insight into my extraordinarily weird brain, here are all the things that I wanted to be when I grew up.
I mean, c’mon – who didn’t want to be a Thundercat, right? My childhood days were, at times, filled with stripping down to my vest and knickers and doing somersaults across the furniture. I was pretty lithe back then. I can’t remember the first time I ever did a somersault but I remember how all my siblings thought it was really cool. Yep, I fancied myself as a bit of Cheetara and that was what or who I wanted to be when I grew up.
Indiana Jones An Archaeologist
Oh man!! I wanted a cool hat and a whip, and snakes, pff – they don’t scare me. I was convinced I could be a better raider of tombs than Dr Jones. I think I was about seven or eight when I first went to the cinema and the film I went to see just happened to be The Last Crusade. Everything about that film blew me away, from the crazy adventuring, hidden walls and the incredible music, I was hooked and even now I watch the films whenever they’re on TV. I wish that had been the last Indiana Jones movie, I didn’t fancy Kingdom of the Crystal Skulls much.
I’ve always loved
WWF WWE and I quite fancied myself as a wrestler back when I was little. I can still put my husband in a tight chokehold, but he always repays me by busting out the figure four leg lock. If I manage to break free without tapping out, I’m fairly quick to land an RKO on him. I have speed on my side, but I rarely manage to get away if he maneuvers me into the walls of Jericho, I always tap out to that. I play dirty though, and his weakness is a wedgie. I know, I know, that’s not a ‘legal’ wrestling move, but it sure works well as a submission manoeuvre.
I had dark times as a child. I expect we all have had, at some point. I found solace in books and was so amazed by how the words on a page could take me somewhere far, far away, that I wanted to be able to give that gift of escapism to others. I still do, obviously.
Now here’s the thing about this one. I had a wild imagination, still do, and this ‘wannabe’ entailed dressing up as a guy and convincing the whole team I had junk between my legs. Then, when I scored the winning goal in the Champions League, I’d reveal to the world I was a girl and they’d love me even more. Yeah, that one was never going to pan out, plus, I don’t even like watching it anymore.
A Marine Biologist.
Think Seaquest DSV. I watched it religiously and decided I wanted to live on a submarine studying ocean life, as long as I got to wield a gun and kick the crap out of the bad guys.
I seriously went around telling people I wanted to be a naturist. What I actually meant, and I know this now, is that I wanted to be a naturalist. I wanted to study plant and wildlife in their natural biome just because I thought it would be fun. Actually, I still think it would be fun. When I occasionally tweet I want to live barefoot in the woods, I’m not joking. Although, as Bill pointed out to me recently, I’d have to study up on which berries I could eat. Of course, being a social media junkie, maybe living barefoot in the woods isn’t the most sensible thing I could want.
I acted in a few school plays, even took part in a theater production, I was an extra. I also got a role in a local production of ‘Andy Warhol’ – I played ‘death’. Later on in life, I joined a band, left a band and then I won a big Karaoke competition singing a dance version of My Heart Will Go On. The prizes were the best part. I was eighteen and won money, booze and a holiday to Kos. I never did go on that holiday, I didn’t have a passport, oops.
Lara Croft An Archaeologist
Yep, back to that. See how films, tv and video games inspire me? Lara Croft is pretty badass and back in 1996, when Tomb Raider fist came out, I was back pining to be an archaeologist again. I wanted to scour the Earth and traverse the jungles to find ancient artifacts. Though I grew out of that phase, I still play Tomb Raider and somehow, and I don’t know how, became one of the best multiplayers of Tomb Raider in the world. I get a lot of kills on the game, but I also do a whole load of dying too because I can’t aim to save my life so I prefer close contact fighting which usually involves me jumping out on some poor unsuspecting player and firing off my shotgun or whacking them over the head with my axe. So I’m kind of living that dream, in the virtual world at least.
By this time 2004 – I had done a bit of growing up and decided that I wanted to be a clinical psychologist. I went to Uni and everything, Graduated and could still go on to be a clinical psychologist but in my final year I studied health psychology and it well and truly put me off, which is daft because it’s completely different from clinical. I think it was an easy out that I took because somewhere along the line, I just stopped wanting to be one.
And that’s about it. There are many, many more but it would take me far too long to list them all. Even now, when I’m watching Arrow, I get the urge to go find something green, grab my daughters Nerf bow and head out to save the world, but, aside from foam arrows having little effect, it’s just too difficult to commit to vigilantism when I have a family to feed. Maybe I could be a work in progress?
We all have hopes and dream. I’m only 33 and as Jake keeps reminding me, I’m only a ‘young’un’. So, as of right now, when I grow up I want to be a writer. I want to earn enough so I can bugger off for seven months to go hiking. I might take up some form of martial arts, depending on what comic strip series I’m watching that day. Can’t really see myself being able to carry out the salmon ladder though.
So what about you guys? What do you all want to be ‘when you grow up’? I’d love to know! I’d especially love to know all the things you wanted to be too.