It's so funny to think back on it now. I never had any dreams of future professions or such when growing up, nothing concrete anyway. All I knew (and that has only solidified as the time passes) was that I'd rather not work at all...
...and I haven't grown up either. Probably never will..
This gets my hearty approval.
Sometimes I think I'd be much happier on some remote farm somewhere. Not that it wouldn't be work, but at least it'd have some purpose other than blind productivism.
"If you would convince a man that he does wrong, do right. But do not care to convince him. Men will believe what they see. Let them see."
at age 6: a crossing guard
at age 7-10: an engineer
at age 11-16: a doctor
at age 17-19: I was an emo freak and didn't know wtf I wanted.
at age 20-25: a diplomat/an embassador/an intelligence analyst/Secretary of State
at age 26-28: an English teacher/professor
at age 28: a freelance translator/interpreter
at age 29: a freelance EFL trainer (that's what I am now)
at age 30 (almost): an English professor at a German university
So now I'm going back to school to get my MA/PhD, but in a different subject, hoping to become some kind of university professor dude. I'm so weird.
I never had any earthly idea what I wanted to be when I grew up. The subject actually caused me a fair amount of anxiety/concern simply *because* I couldn't come up with anything that I wouldn't end up deciding would be a bad idea or that I'd talk myself out of - unlike pretty much all my peers.
"...On and on and on and on he strode, far out over the sands, singing wildly to the sea, crying to greet the advent of the life that had cried to him." - James Joyce
I guess my very first imagined career was to be something concerning wildlife. A naturalist of some sort, or a zoo keeper, etc...
Eventually that morphed quite a bit into wanting to be a bio-engineer.
At some point, my assessment of the field of biology as a whole made me drop that field, and look into some of my other developing interests. It didn't take long before the focus was on either politics or psychology. The issue of which I wanted be a part of more raged pretty much up until I went to college. I had considered being a psychologist (though never a psychiatrist), and I seriously considered aiming to hold a political office. When it came to politics, though, I found becoming and analyst or adviser was more likely.
But some years after that debate started in my head, I looked into this word I had heard thrown around, "sociology". I eventually found it had both elements that interested me in politics and elements that interested me in psychology, and my deliberations became a three horse race. In time, sociology pulled ahead (though not by much at the point of entering college) and now that's what I'm majoring in, and eventually hope to get a PhD in.
I aim to be a professor of sociology.
None of my interests have ever left me.
Go to sleep, iguana.
INTP. Type 1>6>5. sx/sp. Live and let live will just amount to might makes right