What do you want to be when you ‘grow up’?

14/10/2015 Discussions, Lifestyle, Personal 18

What do you want to be when you 'grow up'?At the grand old age of 22, I guess I’m now what you would call a ‘grown-up’: a full grown, supposedly fully functioning human being who has a full time job, pays rent and council tax and complains about the price of gas and electric.

However, in a lot of ways, I still don’t feel quite like an adult. Mostly I just feel lost and adrift and like I haven’t got a clue where I’m heading, but I’m starting to realise that everyone kind of feels like that at times. You don’t just wake up one morning and know how to perfectly organise your finances or get the best deal on your car insurance (although Money Supermarket is probably a good place to start!). It’s all learnt through experience, which is why all those more ‘adulty’ adults like your parents seem to have it all figured out.

Personally the main thing I feel that is holding me back from ‘growing up’ is my career, or lack of it. I’m still working in the same retail job I was at part-time throughout college and university, which, a year after graduating is not what I imagined myself doing (not that retail isn’t a viable career, it just wouldn’t personally be my top choice). But what do I want to do? That, I feel is what’s held me back since finishing university. I have had no idea what direction to go in, so I’ve simply remained stationary.

However, recently I’ve been putting a lot of thought into it. Everyone is familiar with the outlandish things kids come out with when asked what they want to be when they grow up – astronaut, actor, rally driver, Kim Kardashian (what is the world coming too?). But when I was a kid I always said I wanted to be a writer. The outlandish part was that I wanted to be the next J.K. Rowling and be richer than the queen, but the actual title itself, ‘writer’, is surely an achievable dream? And maybe I got lost somewhere along the way, but I realised it’s still my dream to be a writer, that I am a writer, even if I haven’t technically been published anywhere but here on my little corner of the internet. This blog is proof that one of my main passions in life is the written word, whether I’m reading other people’s or crafting my own, and one day I hope I’ll be lucky enough to make a career out of it in some shape or form.

So to conclude this rambling, I’m Laura and when I grow up I want to be a writer. What do you want to be? Whether you’re 22, 38 or 63, it’s never too late to decide what you want to be when you grow up!

18 Responses to “What do you want to be when you ‘grow up’?”

  1. Silvara

    When I was a kid, I wanted to be a veterinarian. Until I realized I’d have to put pets down. Then I wanted to be both an actress and a writer. I’ve had a few small things published, but every time I try to write an actual novel I end up hating it and starting over. And over. And over. *laughs*

    So currently? I’ve decided to be like Peter Pan and never “grow up.” I have a job I love (mostly because of my coworkers and the fact I’m allowed to read on the clock!) and it pays all my bills and then some. This may change again later, and I may decide to try to “do something”, but at the moment I’m happy so I see no reason to change anything.

    • Laura

      I briefly wanted to be a vet as well, until I came to the same realisation. I’m the same with the writing though – I’ve started multiple novels, and even just short stories that I have never finished because I ended up hating it and having to start over, or just came up with another idea that was ‘better’ (until the next one comes along!).
      Your job sounds pretty great though (particularly being able to read there!), and if you enjoy it then that’s all that matters!

  2. Lola

    I am 25, but I went through the same state as you with the not knowing what I wanted to do. As a kid I wanted to be a teacher and then a writer, which seeing as I have a blog I sort of do now.

    When I graduated I always had this vague ideas what I was looking for in a job, I wanted control, I wanted something with marketing or helping people. I did lots of job interviews and never felt like this was really what i wnated to do with my life. I eventually got a job as a publicist with a small publishing company. Then one year during my birthday I mentioned this crazy idea to my mom of starting my own blog tour company, she said to give it a try and here I am more than 2 years later with my own company and my dream job all in one.

    It’s hard to figure out what to do with your lfie and what you’re looking for in a job. There are so many options and it’s like you don’t know enough about any of them. I hope you can become a succesful writer! It’s good to dream and to know what you want to be!

    • Laura

      Well I’m glad to know I’m not the only one who has felt like this, and it’s really inspiring to hear from someone who has got their dream job, and who has set up their own business. I’m glad it’s worked out so well for you!
      Thanks! 🙂

  3. Jackie

    I’m 27, and I’m still trying to figure out what I want to be when I grow up. I am currently a bookkeeper for a moving company, and while I love it at first, the interest is quickly fizzling out. I’m becoming bored because I’m not being challenged. And now I’m faced with do I move up or do I move on? I feel sort of stuck though because I’m afraid to do either. I studied English in college, so I have no formal training in accounting. I don’t really know what options are even available to me. Although, I guess I won’t ever know unless I try, right? Also? The dreamer part of me wants to be a writer. I think I just need to pluck up the courage to write my stories.

    • Laura

      I feel exactly the same about my job – the interest has long since fizzled out, and it just isn’t challenging at all (except the rude customers I have to deal with!).
      It is so hard though to decide what course to take next, and it really sucks being stuck in a job that you aren’t really happy in. I studied English too, but only have actual job experience in retail, so I think it will just be a case of exploring my options for me as well.
      I hope you manage to write those stories, and that you achieve your dream 🙂

    • Laura

      It really isn’t ever too late! (And thanks. It’s good to know I’m not the only one who feels like they haven’t grown up yet!)

  4. Inge @ Bookshelf Reflections

    I’m 23 and I still have no idea what I want to do with my life. I do, however, enjoy writing, and that sounds like a really nice thing to do. I would absolutely love to be able to call myself a “writer”. I also want to be happy — as cheesy as that sounds.

  5. Lory @ Emerald City Book Review

    I used to want to be a writer — to write the kind of fantasy novels I adored as a child. But I just don’t have the ability to write fiction! It comes out feeling contrived to me, and that’s no good. However, I do greatly enjoy the writing I get to do on my blog, even though it brings in not a penny (rather the opposite). I’d love to find a way to be a professional writer, but for now I’m content with blogging.

    When I was 22 I didn’t have a clue what I wanted to do with my English degree except that I didn’t want to go to graduate school. I ended up teaching elementary school for 5 years which was an incredibly challenging but necessary experience. I hope you can find some job or task that will challenge you more, even if it doesn’t end up being your ultimate “career.” It will cause you to learn new skills and call on untapped abilities, and that is always valuable.

    • Laura

      I love writing my blog too, although it doesn’t make me a penny. I think it’s just nice to write something that other people are actually reading, especially when it starts a conversation.
      I hope I end up finding something more challenging too, and even if it isn’t exactly my dream career, it would probably still be more interesting and satisfying than my current job. It does seem like a lot of people find themselves with no idea what they want to do when they graduate, so I guess it’s just the kind of thing you figure out eventually. It certainly seems like you did!

  6. Heather

    When I was 22 I actually was in veterinary school. Maybe I didn’t have the creativity to come up with another career path. ?. I’m 42 now and still not quite sure that I qualify as an adult. Sometimes I still tell people when I do something very grown up!
    Take your time. Try lots of stuff and see what sticks.

    • Laura

      I seriously doubt I’ll ever qualify as an adult either! I do always feel ridiculously proud of myself when I do anything like pay a bill, because I still feel like a child playing at being a grown up 🙂
      Trying lots of different things sounds like a good plan! Hopefully I’ll stumble across a job I like.

  7. Lauren

    I was exactly the same a year after graduation, before I finally got my job in publishing. Although if I were being very honest with myself, writing a book is still top of the list!

    • Laura

      Congratulations on getting your job in publishing! That’s an area I had considered looking into myself.
      I really hope you get to write your book though.

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