When I Grow Up. . .

when-i-grow-upThis week for the writer’s workshop I am going to write about what I wanted to be when I grew up. I didn’t change what I wanted to do when I grew up much because I almost always knew what I want to do.

The very first thing that I wanted to do when I was in elementary school was to be a teacher. It seemed like something that I would enjoy. The older that I got though I knew there was no way that I would enjoy that job because having to deal with kids all day would drive me crazy.

The next thing I wanted to do was to be a veterinarian. I have always loved animals, and I thought it would be fun to work with them every day. I had a cousin that started going to school for this, and once she got to the surgery part of her training, she realized that she couldn’t do that. When I was thinking about it, I realized that I don’t think I could do that, and I also knew I would have a hard time putting the animals to sleep, so I knew I needed to figure something else out.

Once I was in high school, I knew that I wanted to be a nurse. After I had figured that out, I didn’t change my mind again. I grew up around quite a few people who were in the medical industry and knew that it was the job for me. When I was a senior I was in a health occupations class, and we had a Life Flight nurse come and speak with us, and I knew from the moment on that I want to work on Life Flight and work in an emergency room.

I started going to college for nursing, but I never finished. I was working in a nursing home where I hurt my back and because of that, I knew it was time to find something else to do because I knew I wouldn’t be happy being a nurse.

Once I was in the medical field, I knew that a big part of nurse’s jobs is paperwork, and that was one thing that never interested me. I realized that I didn’t want to be so far removed from patient care as nurses tend to be.

Once I hurt my back, I decided that I was going to get a job doing something entirely different, and I am now doing something I didn’t ever think I would enjoy, but it pays the bills so I will just keep working.

Those are the things I wanted to do when I was growing up.

What did you always want to be when you were younger?

Margaret Tidwell

I am a 33-year-old blogger. I write about my life and my struggles with Multiple Sclerosis. I also am a huge bookworm, and I have been doing book reviews for years now. I even blog about adoption, Multiple Sclerosis, and things that go on in my life.

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  1. I have always wanted to be a teacher. I have a teaching license and am working towards my Master’s in Science Education. I do enjoy my current job though. When I get the Master’s I am hoping to teach at a local community college for some extra money.

  2. It’s surprising how physical being a nurse is, isn’t it? There are several in my family, plus I remember what it was being a patient…

  3. Sounds like you’ve always been a bit of a caretaker by nature!

  4. I always wanted to be a nurse and I ended up destroying my back saving a child. Sigh…I loved that job though. I can’t work anymore because of it. Now I’m the full time patient 🙂
    I wanted to be a Chinese waitress when I was little and a french news anchor. The weirdest things when I was little!

  5. It’s funny how often the road to discovering what you’d like to be when you grow up is and lasts. Growing up, I thought I wanted to be a lawyer; specifically, a prosecutor. Working in the legal field has made me realize that a career in the law isn’t for me. In an ideal world, I’d love to write for magazines and/or newspapers. But in the real, practical world, I need to pay rent and a student loan :/ I’m currently on the hunt for a career that requires writing and pays the bills. Perhaps something in social media or public relations. We shall see. It’s good that you found your way down the career road 🙂

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