April Secret Subject Swap Take Two: When I Grow Up

Welcome to Take Two of March’s Secret Subject Swap. This week, 11 brave bloggers picked a secret subject for someone else and were assigned a secret subject to interpret in their own style. Today we are all simultaneously divulging our topics and submitting our posts. 

 My prompt was:  What did you want to be when you grew up and why, submitted by: dates2diapers2.blogspot.com

In case this sounds somewhat familiar to those of you who have been reading my blog all of this time (like there are so many of you, haha), much of the following is an excerpt along with a few additions from a post I wrote for The Getting to Know The Blogger Challenge, which I participated in through the blog A Little Unhinged way back when.  You know way back in the past in 2013.

As a kid I had big dreams.  There were so many things I wanted to do.  For example, one thing I wanted to was write science fiction like Robert Heinlein.  NOT books like Starship Troopers though.  Ick.

starship-trooper

Another thing that I wanted to do was work for Industrial Lights and Magic.  I grew up when George Lucas was putting out the first set of the Star Wars Trilogy.  You know, before Jar Jar Binks, when it was GOOD.  (Sorry George, I mean Walt…)  I watched a lot of movies.  Keep in mind that I also thought Clash of the Titans was one of the coolest movies on the face of the earth at that time.  The ORIGINAL Clash of the Titans.  Don’t judge me.

Release the Kraken!  Now it has so many connotations...

Release the Kraken! Now it has so many connotations…

I also wanted to be an astronaut, because I loved space that much.  Then I found out that you have to actually understand some of those science concepts and be good at math.  That was as far as that dream went.

space.1

No great view for me. Thanks, algebra.

When I was in high school and living in Florida I wanted to join the Air Force.  I’m sure this was thrilling news to my NAVY family.  This was because we lived on an Air Force base (Patrick Air Force Base, for anyone who was wondering).   Then our circumstances changed and we ended up moving away.  Not being around all of that stuff all the time made it less of a dream for me.  I also wanted to go to Florida State, but lack of money for my family at the time and that lovely out of state tuition you have to pay made that not work out either.

I hate the Gators.  And besides, FSU has glitter guys.

I hate the Gators. And besides, FSU has glitter guys.

And of course I wanted to be a teacher because I loved school and learning and all of that stuff.  For those of you that have been following my blog all know that didn’t work out so hot for me, huh?  If I had to do it all over again, I would have stuck with early childhood education and hoped for the best.  But, you can’t go back.  I have to deal with the hand that I’ve been dealt.

IT NEVER GETS OLD!  NEVER!

IT NEVER GETS OLD! NEVER!

Now that I am an adult, I have been married for more than thirteen years and have two very funny children.  It wasn’t something that I aspired to do, but it was nice that it turned out so nicely in that respect.

September 1999

September 1999.  Weren’t we just ADORABLE???

My kids.

My kids.  They are now the adorable ones.  Most of the time.

The truth is, I never really decided what I wanted to be when I grow up.  Even when I was in high school, although I knew I liked education, I wasn’t totally set on it.  In college, I was persuaded to go with the major that I then attempted as a career for a few years before it obviously wasn’t working out for me.  I still don’t know what I want to be.  These days I am a Stay At Home Mom who is trying to make it as a writer.  While I am hoping it works out, I’m still not totally set on that being the one and only thing I want to be.

I hope you enjoyed my post!  Be sure to check out the other posts in the Secret Subject Swap!

http://www.BakingInATornado.com

http://www.peanutlayne.com/

http://menopausalmother.blogspot.com/

https://sadderbutwiser.wordpress.com/

www.eviljoyspeaks.wordpress.com

www.theblacksheepmom.blogspot.com

www.homeonderanged.com

http://victoryrosevintage.wordpress.com

dates2diapers2.blogspot.com

http://badwordmama.blogspot.com/

http://mylifeaslucille.blogspot.com/

The Getting To Know The Blogger Challenge: Life

I’m participating in the 15 Day Blogger Challenge, started by A Little Unhinged.  Today I’m answering question #7

7)  Has your life gone the way you expected it?

(Deep in thought…)

I guess I would have to say no.

As a kid I had big dreams.  There were so many things I wanted to do.  I wanted to write science fiction like Robert Heinlein.  NOT books like Starship Troopers though.  Ick.

I wanted to work for Industrial Lights and Magic.  I grew up when George Lucas was putting out the first set of the Star Wars Trilogy.

I wanted to be an astronaut, because I loved space that much.  Then I found out that you have to actually understand some of those concepts and be good at math.  That was as far as that dream went.

When I was in high school in Florida I wanted to join the Air Force.  Then we moved away.  Not being around all of that stuff all the time made it less of a dream for me.  I also wanted to go to Florida State, but lack of money for my family at the time and that lovely out of state tuition you have to pay made that not work out either.

And of course I wanted to be a teacher because I loved school and learning and all of that stuff.  Didn’t work out so hot for me, huh?  If I had to do it all over again, I would have stuck with early childhood education and hoped for the best.  But, you can’t go back.  I have to deal with the hand that I’ve been dealt.

Now that I am an adult and real life has reared its ugly head, it’s really too bad!  Dreams can be fun.  Now I just dream about being able to pay bills on time, losing weight, and, well, sleeping.  Sleep is something I’ve fought trying to get for years.

I never conceived that I would be married with two kids either, that part worked out pretty well.

September 1999

My kids.

Since I never really knew what I wanted to do with my life, I can’t say that I’m upset with how it’s turned out.  I wish that things would work out so that I can just stay home with my daughter and not have to worry about money.  I also wish that I had gainful employment.  I wish that things had gone down differently in some areas.  But the overall thing I’m satisfied with.  I love my husband very much and I adore my children.  At least most of the time I do.  🙂  We have a roof over our heads.  Though it’s not the finest looking house it keeps the cold, wind, and rain out.  My husband has a good job, and a safe car that gets him there every day.  So you can say that while it’s not perfect, it’s turned out just fine.

Previous Blogger Challenge Posts-This Could Be Fun:  I’m Doing The 15 Day Getting To Know The Blogger Challenge, Where I Grew Up, Favorite Childhood Memories, School, Work