What Do You Want To Be When You Grow Up?

What do you want to be when you grow up?  That question is asked of us over and over again as children.  When I was a child, I always knew the answer to that question – or at least I thought I did.  I would reply with something , a ballerina, a nurse,  a teacher, the owner of a small coffee shop or a CEO of a big company.  Now that I’m an adult though…  I’m not really sure what I want to be when I grow up.


When my children were born, a took a break from the working world.  Raising them became my full time job.  For me, it was more important that I be in their life as much as possibly in those early years.  As time went on, I began a few small side hustles but still remained mostly focused on my children.  When they all reached the age where they were in school full time, I began to really begin to focus on me again.  What did I want to be when I grew up?



I had a few different thoughts…


I wanted to be a teacher as a child. 

Although, I realized now after raising my own children that I did not have the patience to become a teacher.  Most days my own children stressed me beyond that which I thought was possible, and the thought of dealing with other people’s children all day long just sent chills down my spine.  God bless all the teachers out there!  I have a very strong love in my heart for each of you for pouring your hearts into our children.


I wanted to be a ballerina as a child. 

That thought is highly laughable now though.  I mean, ballerinas are tall, skinny ladies….  I on the other hand…  Let’s just say I’ve got more rolls than a bakery!  Beyond that though, I haven’t really danced since I was a child and the thought of standing on my tip toes for a more than a second makes my legs ache.  I love to watch the ballerinas dance, but I am beyond help when it comes to becoming one.


I wanted to be a nurse as a child. 

There are several different options these days for those wanting to get a job as a healthcare professional.  Nurses have the power to be a piece of the puzzle that helps to heal the sick.  While that thought still creates a stir within me, I’ve unfortunately seen enough blood that I definitely don’t want to head down that path.  While I’m super happy that there are nurses out there to help me and my family (as well as you and your family) when we are sick, I no longer have the desire to be in that position myself.  God bless the nurses who are able to help those who need it.


I wanted to be the owner of a small coffee shop.

In order to feed my coffee addiction, I would love to have opened a small coffee shop.  You know the kind I’m thinking of.  The adorable little building with the cutesy tables where people would sit on their laptops and work while eating the delicious snacks and drinking the wonderful coffee that I would provide.  I’d be eco friendly, and I would buy a solar pump station to keep the hot water hot.  The people drinking coffee in the shop would use hand crafted ceramic cups, while those taking theirs to go would get a paper cup wrapped in HotShot Coffee Sleeves personalized with the company logo.  But, the logical part of my brain says that I would drink more coffee than I would sell – and I’d rather sit at Starbucks and drink my coffee than be behind the counter making coffee for someone else.


I wanted to be the CEO of a big company as a child. 

I’m sure the option to work your way up in a company is still an option, these days I prefer the option of creating my own company to become the CEO of it!  I mean, being my own boss – setting my own hours – calling my own shots – that sounds like heaven to me.  My husband has started his own company, Bug Thumpers and I’m helping him build that up.  There is a lot of help out there these days if you want to start your own business.  There are grants as well as self employment loans that can help with funds to get going.  I dabble a bit with this option, wishing my husband and all other entrepreneurs the best of luck.


While I’m still learning exactly what I want to be when I grow up, I know that the possibilities are endless.  As I tell my children, I can be whatever I set my mind to being.  Right now, I’m focusing on being the best Christian mother that I can be.


What do you want to be when you grow up?