Thursday, November 4, 2010

What I wanted to be when I was grew up...

Today I'm participating in a fun activity hosted by Mama Kat over at Mama's Losing It.  I've been slacking on this blog and what better way to revive it by letting someone else tell me what to blog about!  It's so easy!  Go check out her post today and join in on the fun!

When I was 10 years old I wanted to be a marine biologist.  In my mind, that meant snorkeling the coral reef in Austrailia and swimming with dolphins in Hawaii.  What 10 year old kid wouldn't want to be a marine biologist, right?  Well, according to Wikipedia, a marine biologist studies: organisms in the ocean or other marine or brackish bodies of water. Given that in biology many phyla, families and genera have some species that live in the sea and others that live on land, marine biology classifies species based on the environment rather than on taxonomy. Marine biology differs from marine ecology as marine ecology is focused on how organisms interact with each other and the environment, and biology is the study of the organisms themselves.

Ahhh, say what?  If I would have read that when I was 10, I would have said "no thank you" and went outside to ride my bike.  
I had visions of Jacques Cousteau and his underwater adventures, little did I know that it took many years of studying science and biology and doing field research and writing articles.  Sounds horrible when you look at it that way! 

So, I grew up to be a mom and a photographer.  2 professions in which I am glad to have fallen into.  Looking back, I think I've always had those to things in me.  I played dolls until I was probably too old to be doing so and I would line my dolls and stuffed animals up on a daily basis and take their pictures, just like they did at JC Penny.  If I could have predicted my future when I was 10, I would never have envisioned being who I am today.  I feel very lucky to do what I do and even luckier that I get to go on vacations where I can snorkel the coral reef and swim with gigantic sea turtles, just not as a job!

Tell me, what did you want to be when you grew up?  Leave a comment, then go write about it! 


  1. It is so wonderful that you are doing something you love! I love your sippy cup!

    Following you from Mama Kat's Writer's Workshop!~Lisa
    I am all a twitter about life

  2. I wanted to be an astronomer when I was 9 or 10. As with you, knowing what you know now of the profession, it would not have been for me. I can't handle all the math and physics. I just liked the stars and planets! :)

  3. I wanted to be a meteorologist when I was a kid. Then, in high school I got to Physics, and decided science is not my thing....

  4. My mom started telling me I was going to be a DOCTOR from the day I was born and that was my plan until I was 16 and working in the Special Ed schools as a volunteer..... I realized my life calling was to be a teacher :)

  5. Inspired by Lois Lane from Superman, when I was about nine or 10 I wanted to be a journalist. Up until this point I had also wanted to be a nurse, teacher and archeologist, among other things but at 10 it was set in stone - I was going to be a journalist (or newspaper reporter as I used to call it). 15 years on, and I am...... a journalist! Kind of - I'm a magazine journalist for a crafting magazine, not quite the Daily Planet, but hey-ho!

    Great post!

  6. Thanks for stopping by my blog earlier. I joined in on Mama Kat's fun as well because I too have been slacking on my blog. ;-)

    When I was 10 I wanted to be a doctor...then at some point that year I saw blood...and that was the end of that aspiration! ;-)

  7. Actually reading the definition of many jobs would scare a child into choosing another profession. When I was little I wanted to be a lawyer and a part time vet. I realize being a vet wouldn't work since I'm scared of cats.


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