About the only thing I can remember ever saying I wanted to be when I grew up was an astronaut. When I got a bit older, I didn't think I would live to be 21 or - if I did, I would be homeless or in a Monastery somewhere (seriously).
I kind of fell into the world of IT (not a programmer by profession). It was something I had enough proficiency in to be paid well without having to work/train/study hard.
I remember in high school thinking that I should be a teacher. Not that I wanted to teach really or that I had any illusions I could actually cut it long enough in college to actually be certified - but that I could do soooo much better than the crap I was getting. Yes, I was an arogant lazy bastard.
I was always the lead in school plays. I think this had more to do with a good memory and no fear then it did with actual talent - I never had any interest in celebrity stardom though and gave drama up in my sophmore year. While I enjoyed math and science, it was always reading and writing that I excelled at on the standardized aptitude tests we were forced to take in school. People seem to like what I write so I have considered trying my hand at it.
I guess what I am saying is that I don't really know what I would do if I weren't doing what I am doing. If money were no object I think I would stay at home raising my children, travel the world and spending my time in contemplation and learning.
Cheers - L~R
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