What Do You Want To Be When You Grow Up?

"I want to be a clown, in the circus, and swing on ropes and bars," said The Boy.

I love that wish and I hope that he fulfills it!

Now when I was a child (circa. 1988) I wanted to be a bank manager, because I thought it meant that I'd get to count money all day long, and at the time that was one of my favourite things to do. Never in a million years did I envisage myself becoming a teacher; I honestly have no idea how it happened or even why. I think that I might have been pushed into it during sixth form because the private school I attended didn't know what else to do with me. As it was I failed to get into the only two colleges I applied for, and ended up studying to be a nursery nurse before becoming a 'mature' student (at the age of 21) training to be a primary school teacher.

I love my job, but I'm still not sure it's what I want to do long-term (despite having done it for 11 years!)

Therefore when Innocent asked me what inspired me, I had to stop and think with the help of their gift…

And it's that little chappy there on the mug, it's my son that inspires me; to be the best that I can and to fulfill my dream. I'll let you into a little secret here; I'd like to have a craft shop which runs tutorials in a studio room.

One of the co-founders of Innocent (Richard Reed) has recently had a series on television, entitled 'Be Your Own Boss', where he selected new businesses with innovative ideas which he could invest in. As Innocent started out as a stall at a small jazz festival with the three co-founders selling their smoothies, it's great to see them paying it forward to other potential successes. They tested their audience by putting two bins labelled 'yes' and 'no' at the front of the stall, with a banner asking “should we give up our jobs to make these smoothies?”. At the end of the weekend the 'yes' bin was overflowing.

Maybe my craft shop isn't such an elusive dream?

I'll leave you with a few gems from The Boy:

  • Daddy, what do you want to be when you're growned up?
  • Mummy what would you like to be when you're tall like daddy?
  • Daddy, when you were three, you were my child and I was the daddy, weren't you?
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  1. Alli Marshall says

    When I was little I wanted to be a doctor until I had stitches removed after an op & felt rather ill.

    Then I wanted to be an accountant & that is what I ended up doing & have done now for 20 years (am I really that old?)

    About 10 years ago I considered becoming a primary school teacher but found despite having accountancy qualifications I would be required to do a degree first & that wasn't feasible.

    I think you'd make a wonderful craft shop owner – do it!!

  2. says

    When I was little i wanted to be a receptionist because I loved our school typewriter. Then I wanted to work with computers and travel a lot. I never got to do international travel but loved what I ended up doing. I'm still not sure what I want to do when I grow up though

  3. says

    Fab post and how sweet is your son-I've written a similar post about what I do and am striving for at the moment. Kids are the biggest success of all and I believe we can do anything we set our minds to x

  4. says

    I always wanted to be a teacher but my dad said careers were for boys so I had to work in a bank and HATED it. When my children were little I took my o levels and then A levels in the evenings and trained to teach when my youngest started school. I loved teaching. After I retire I followed another dream and here I am running a business with my husband.
    I love the way your little boy is trying to make sense of everyone's age and relationships.

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