When I Grow Up

When I was five years old, I told people I was going to be a veterinarian, nurse, teacher, marine biologist, etc…

Little did I know that when I grew up I’d still be juggling career ideas. In fact, most people I know are still asking themselves “What will I be when I grow up?”….

I daydream a lot about what I’ll do/be when the little ones go off to school. Even what I could do while continuing to be a stay-at-home mother.

Here is my list:

Freelance writer (tried it but haven’t made any money).

High school English teacher.

Real Estate Agent.

Psychologist  (or family counseling).

I imagine myself in all of these roles, but I quickly talk myself out of all of them. For every career, I have five reasons not to pursue it. 

My heart swells over my dream of parenthood coming to fruition. Watching my babies grow and learn is incredibly fulfilling, but in the back of my mind I know that I can do more. I want more. I just can’t decide what that personal “more” is.

What are some of your “grown up” dreams?


Author: Rachel McKee

I love reading about everything. I'm not a book snob. Lately I have been "reading" a lot of picture books to my toddler and baby. In my past life before motherhood, I was a professional technical editor and writer.

8 thoughts on “When I Grow Up”

  1. Well when I was a kid I always fantasized and dreamed of being an airline pilot. I never really wavered in that dream and would have pursued it if I hadn’t had the whole autism diagnosis slapped on me which, at the time, was an automatic disqualification. It’s not anymore and the FAA now tolerates it so long as the condition is well-managed and you are able to function mostly normally.

    Alas, I was very bitter about what had happened well into adulthood and it took me a long time to realize that my “dream career” wouldn’t have been so dreamy at all. I’m too free spirited to be a corporate slave for my entire life and I’d have still looked to transcend my day job after several years in the business. This is not to say I wouldn’t have continued flying privately – I probably would have and would even like to at some point now that it’s a possible door for me.

    Nowadays I’m content just riding out a few years in corporate life until I can launch my dream business, which would combine my two biggest loves into one chill venue. The name of said business is a play on my initials – Leaf & Barrel (L&B). It’d be a speakeasy type lounge which marries my love of fine cigars and whiskies into a place where people can come in, buy a cigar and a drink and chill and visit. In addition to premium cigars and whiskies from all over the world I’d have stuff like pipes/pipe tobacco, other liquors, fine wine and microbrews.

    Sharing my passion for fine cigars and drinks with others in a relaxed, communal is really my “grown up” dream. I can’t think of anything better for someone like myself.

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  2. I totally get you. My grown up dreams changes all the time, however lately I’ve been back and forth between interior designer or blogger or both. It’s easier to achieve the blogger dream so I’m going for that and come what may following it. At least for now that seems to be a bit of your dream that you’re living.

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  3. It’s funny how your list coincides with my teenage dreams. Writer teacher psychologist are still on my list, as for real estate agent, I’m a real estate financier! But nowadays I also dream of being a Lego designer, or travel director or something far fetched like that. Never try to talk yourself out of it girl, everything’s possible!!

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