Throwback Thursday – What I Wanted to be When I Grew Up

Sep 11

Throwback Thursday – What I Wanted to be When I Grew Up

My 25th high school reunion will be held this month. I won’t be able to go since it’s in Georgia and I got a wild hair to move to Texas in April. But I’ll be thinking of everyone having fun and catching up.

The reunion as well as binge watching Drop Dead Diva on Netflix has me thinking about what I wanted to be when I grew up. By the time I graduated there were a lot of things I’d thought about. I wanted to move to New York and be an actress. I already knew I couldn’t sing, but I liked to write poems, so maybe a song writer. I loved to play school with my stuffed animals and my youngest brother, so maybe a teacher would be nice. I got that out of my system when I homeschooled my son. Drop Dead Diva has made me think of something else I wanted to be, especially after growing up on LA Law, Perry Mason reruns, Night Court, Paper Chase and Matlock. I wanted to be a lawyer.

It looked like an amazing job. I would earn a lot of money, I would have respect, I would learn how to form an argument and objections to that argument. When I found out that law school was three more years of school on top of a four-year degree I let that dream go. I didn’t want it badly enough. But it was enjoyable enough to be proud of myself for catching the killer in Legally Blonde (even I know you don’t shampoo your hair after a perm) and coming up with alternative arguments while watching Drop Dead Diva.

One thing that has always stuck with me, though, from third grade to today, is wanting to write. I’ve always written stories and shared my thoughts and ideas with others as much as possible. I blogged about homeschooling my son, I’ve started and stopped several novels, published one as well as several other non-fiction books. While being a lawyer isn’t a dream I’ll be pursuing, I know I’ll be a writer for the rest of my life. It’s my calling, it’s my passion. It’s who I am.

I am a writer.

What did you want to be when you grew up? Let me know in the comments or get in touch on Facebook or Twitter.


One comment

  1. I wanted to be a lawyer too but then, like you, I didn’t want it badly enough to do what it takes to get there. Instead I’ve stuck to my passion: communicating. I’m a writer too and I’m following that passion.

    Great post, Christina!

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