When I grow up

When I was six years old, my parents took me to Dreamworld.

I remember it as if it was yesterday. I met Kenny Koala and his girlfriend Belinda and I got soaked on the log ride.

I also remember a cartoonist there did a caricature of me. ‘What do you want to be when you grow up?’ he had asked me.

Even then as a six-year-old, I found it a tough one to answer. Ballerina or professional roller skater? Decisions, decisions. Ballerina won out!

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As time went on, I set aside my dreams of becoming a prima ballerina and decided a career as a Janet Jackson back up dancer was more my style. Sing it ‘We are a part of the Rhythm Nation’.

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Although I spent many a Saturday morning religiously learning the dance moves in front of Rage, with the end of high school approaching Dad convinced me I needed a back up plan. There I was faced with that question again, ‘What do you want to be when you grow up?’

Wracking my brains to come up with something I was good at besides dancing and lip syncing to Janet, I decided on writing. This eventually led me to study Journalism. Not being the hardline, competitive journalistic type, I found my calling in communications.

While in this field back in 2009, I undertook a leadership course aimed at helping women achieve their goals. It was here that I was once more asked, ‘What do you want to be when you grow up?’ We were encouraged to contemplate how we wanted to be remembered, what we dreamed of doing and what was our heart’s purpose. Finally, we were asked to produce a statement which encapsulated who we eventually wanted to be and what we wanted to be known for.

This is what I wrote down in my workbook.

‘I want to make an impression on and difference in the lives of women across the country with my positive attitude and caring nature. I want to share insight from my life experience to support women through difficult times. Specifically, I will be known as someone who has helped women who are going through IVF with the creation of a support network or such. I will be someone who stands up for what she believes in and who devotes time and money to help others. I will live my life with passion and no regrets. I will be the best I can be’.

After I wrote this down and finished the course, I packed my workbook away and never looked at it or thought about it again. That was until last weekend when it fell to my feet from its precarious position on top of other books shoved into my cupboard.

Flicking through my notes, I was amazed to see that I may be heading in the direction of that path of supporting women, which I wrote about four years ago. It is certainly not something I’ve thought about in the last few years, but it is as if I was subconsciously drifting to that path. The path isn’t fully formed yet, it’s still gravel and dirt, but I can see it now in the making.

While my blog is only a baby and started off as a Gift for me, I’m receiving a great response from women who can relate to what I’m writing. If I can keep moving along this vein and continue to share my journey of rediscovery with the world, this may be how I can support others and help them on their journey. It has given me food for thought at any rate.

So, while it’s a far cry from a prima ballerina or Janet Jackson back up dancer, I feel like I’m making real progress in discovering what I want to be when I grow up.

What did you want to be when you grew up? Have you always known what you wanted to be or are you still trying to figure it out like me?

32 comments on When I grow up

  1. Claire
    June 12, 2013 at 1:41 pm (4 years ago)

    Tough one. Great food for thought!

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      June 12, 2013 at 8:10 pm (4 years ago)

      Thanks Claire πŸ™‚

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  2. Katyberry
    June 12, 2013 at 7:57 pm (4 years ago)

    I remember wanting to become an architect. Never happenned, not even close. But I do still appreciate design and buildings.

    I also wanted to become a perfumer up until the point I realised that it was a whole bunch of chemistry and then that was me completely out of the running.

    I am happy with my lot in life – I’ve ended up a Communications/Administration/Client Relations Team Manager.

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      June 12, 2013 at 8:11 pm (4 years ago)

      Wow! A perfumer. Now that would be a cool job. Bummer about the chemistry though πŸ™‚

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  3. Leanne Winter
    June 13, 2013 at 1:55 pm (4 years ago)

    Beautician, vet, journalist, actress, famous novelist. To be honest, I’m still not sure what I want to be when I grow up, when do I have to decide by?

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      June 13, 2013 at 2:11 pm (4 years ago)

      Haha good question, Leanne. I was thinking after I wrote this that it’s very Gen x of me to think of having just one career aspiration and sticking to it. Maybe I should take a leaf out of gen y’s book and experiment a little πŸ™‚

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  4. Amanda @ Cooker and a Looker
    June 13, 2013 at 3:53 pm (4 years ago)

    I wanted to be a marine biologist from my first glimpse of the Great Barrier Reef. I was also convinced I’d change the world. These days all I change are nappies and sheets! πŸ™‚

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      June 13, 2013 at 7:59 pm (4 years ago)

      Lol. I hear ya, Amanda πŸ˜‰

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  5. Ness
    June 13, 2013 at 6:38 pm (4 years ago)

    Still have no idea what I want to be when I grow up, but I’m pretty sure it wasn’t just being a bogan. Ahem.

    Sounds like what you are doing is much better than being Janet’s back-up dancer.

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      June 13, 2013 at 7:59 pm (4 years ago)

      Thanks Ness and thanks for dropping by πŸ™‚

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  6. Sarah Mac
    June 13, 2013 at 9:43 pm (4 years ago)

    47 years in and I STILL haven’t decided but that’s ok because I haven’t grown up yet either πŸ˜‰

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      June 13, 2013 at 9:55 pm (4 years ago)

      Lol. Me either, Sarah! πŸ™‚

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  7. lisa
    June 14, 2013 at 12:58 am (4 years ago)

    I am a midwife & mum but hopefully my blog will lead to professional writing as well? Maybe? I will see where life takes me..

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      June 14, 2013 at 2:48 am (4 years ago)

      I hope so, Lisa! Good luck πŸ™‚

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  8. Kelly HTandT
    June 14, 2013 at 11:11 am (4 years ago)

    I’ve wanted to be everything and anything in between. I’m still trying to figure it out. Though, after watching the movie ‘Burlesque’, pretty sure I want to be a burlesque dancer now. Never too late!

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      June 14, 2013 at 11:41 am (4 years ago)

      Ooh that sounds like fun! I’ve never watched that movie. I’m going to get it out now!

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  9. Sarah @ Slapdash Mama
    June 14, 2013 at 9:37 pm (4 years ago)

    SNAP! I wanted to be a journalist too. I still want to be a writer. Hence, you know, BLOG. We shall see what happens! Good luck to you!!

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      June 14, 2013 at 9:55 pm (4 years ago)

      Thanks Slapdashmama! Good luck to you too. I love your conversational way of writing. You remind me of my friend, Wendy lolz.

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  10. Tegan
    June 14, 2013 at 10:32 pm (4 years ago)

    I still have no idea what I want to be when I grow up..but like you I love reaching out to people through my blog. I love touching people with my words and teaching them things that they didn’t know.

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      June 15, 2013 at 9:49 am (4 years ago)

      That’s beautiful, Tegan. I only just discovered your blog this week and am hooked already πŸ™‚

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  11. Rachel
    June 15, 2013 at 4:43 pm (4 years ago)

    Hey Renee! I’m a Brissie girl of a similar vintage to yourself, and your description of your visit to Dreamworld brought back so many memories. Through unforseen circumstance my career has recently shifted in a direction I had never even considered. I can’t quite work out wether I love it or hate it yet but it’s interesting to say the least.

    What I really want is for someone to pay me to make weird pictures out of auto-shapes and write things on the internet. Why hasn’t this happened? WHHHYYYYY???

    Thanks for linking up Renee and I hope we see you in The Lounge again soon! Rachel x

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      June 15, 2013 at 7:27 pm (4 years ago)

      Why indeed, fellow Brisbanite!?! πŸ™‚ You never know what the future will bring though πŸ™‚ Thanks for having me at The Lounge. I will definitely drop in again soon. Have a great weekend.

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  12. Michelle
    June 17, 2013 at 12:08 pm (4 years ago)

    I always wanted to be a lawyer but settled on a legal secretary as I didnt want to go to Uni for a zillion years to get my degree! I worked my way up to be the office manager so it all worked out ok in the end. Iv always wanted to have one of those cartoonist drawings done πŸ™‚

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      June 17, 2013 at 1:21 pm (4 years ago)

      Good on you, Michelle. I’m glad it all worked out for you. Yes, I love this caricature of me. I nearly lost it in the floods, but was able to salvage it πŸ™‚

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  13. Mystery Case
    June 17, 2013 at 4:37 pm (4 years ago)

    Having moved 22 times, mainly with hubby’s work, I’ve never really had a choice with my career, it was always take what ever came along and fitted in with the family. We found out recently that his job has gone from contract to permanent. For the first time in a long time, I might be able to finally decide what I want to do when I grow up. As I’m over 40 I’ve possibly left it too late. All I know is that it doesn’t involve what I trained for when I went to college. Launching the blog in Sept, has taken on a life of its own almost and seems to be leading me in a certain direction and a possible Blog Agency.

    Just wanted to thank you for linking up at Mystery Case for our Sharing is Caring Sunday. I just adore your blog and I’m looking forward to adding it to our ‘worth casing’ list.

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      June 17, 2013 at 8:02 pm (4 years ago)

      Oh my goodness! Thank you so much! I can’t believe you only launched your blog in September. You are doing amazingly well.

      I think it’s never too late to start afresh with your career, especially for someone as creative as you!

      Thanks for dropping in πŸ™‚

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  14. Kim-Marie from Kimba Likes
    June 17, 2013 at 6:24 pm (4 years ago)

    I vividly remember wanting to be a prostitute when I was about 7. I have no idea how I even discovered the word, but I was absolutely convinced that it was a lady who got given lots of presents and taken out for dinner a lot. Clearly a very glamorous option for a 7 year old!

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      June 17, 2013 at 8:00 pm (4 years ago)

      Hahaha Oh my God! I just laughed out loud. I can just imagine your parent’s faces when you told them that πŸ™‚

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  15. Neets
    June 19, 2013 at 4:52 pm (4 years ago)

    Great article. I always wanted to be a veterinarian and although I love animals immensely, I went down the HR path. Always active, I am now in the fitness industry and I think it’s fair to say that I know what I want to be when I grow up πŸ™‚

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      June 19, 2013 at 8:27 pm (4 years ago)

      Good on you!! I’m glad you’ve got it all figured out and are happy with where you’re at πŸ™‚

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  16. Josefa @always Josefa
    June 19, 2013 at 5:13 pm (4 years ago)

    Love this post, although I think you need to go back and write your little manifesto in present tense now! I have really made an effort NOT to ask my boys what they want to be when they grow up – I don’t quite know why yet, but it just seems crazy to ask that of a child, when many adults do not even know the answer. Perhaps I want to raise them just a little bit more, so that when they do answer me they say “happy mum, I want to grow up to be happy, following my dreams and happy”

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  17. mummywifeme
    mummywifeme
    June 19, 2013 at 8:35 pm (4 years ago)

    Ahh beautiful, Josefa. That is exactly what I want my girls to be when they grow up πŸ™‚

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