It’s Friday! And a long weekend to boot! While you’re reading this week’s Friday Take Over, I’ll likely be doing laundry. Don’t be jealous. This week, I’m so thrilled to have Jackie Cross from With Just a Bit of Magic guest posting. Jackie lives in Michigan, she’s a wife, mother of 4 kids from toddler to teen, a project manager, a writer, and social media consultant and to pull it all off it takes a bit of magic! Most of the time you can find her on Twitter, Facebook, and of course Instagram. And yes… she does have a magic wand! Today she’s sharing with us what she wants to be when she grows up.
When I grow up I want to be a teacher… a lawyer… a chef… a bakery owner… the list goes on and on. Or it could I suppose.
I think that all of us when we were little and on into our teens years had these wonderful hopes and dreams of what we would be when we grew up. Some of them were outlandish dreams like wanting to be a princess that rode a magical unicorn through the sky and had lots of little fairie friends or some were much more obtainable like I’m going to be a paralegal and then work towards a law degree (BTW… the first one was totally made up but as a little girl I bet it sounds great! The second one… all me).
As a teen I socialized my way through high school and while I got good grades I just didn’t know what I wanted to do when I grew up. Sure I had lots of ideas and then once I graduated I finally decided what I was going to do. Paralegal. Why? Because I loved the idea of being a lawyer but hated (and still do) talking in front of people. Being a paralegal was perfect because I got to read, research, and work in law. On top of that I knew that I could do that job anywhere in the entire world and get paid a pretty decent wage.
Well, let’s skip the part where I dropped out of school and moved 300 miles away from my parents because that’s an entirely different story.
Nobody ever says when I grow up I want to be a waitress or I want to be a retail clerk, but that is exactly where I was at.
We all have hopes and dreams of great success. Don’t we?
Hi. My name is Jackie. I’m a 40 year old mom of 4 kids and I do not know what I want to be when I grow up.
I got out of retail and the restaurant business a while ago after finally finishing college. I graduated at the top of my class with an associates degree of applied science in computer networking – Microsoft technology. That means that I could work as a network administrator taking care of all of the computers in an office or whatever that was running Microsoft. I also managed to walk away with some pretty good web programming skills and the basic understanding of MySQL. Pretty impressive, huh? I bet that you didn’t pin me as a computer geek.
But that isn’t my passion. It isn’t what I do on a daily basis. Instead I’m a project manager and I work with all of the other computer geeks. Is this my dream? No. Is it a good job? Sure is.
My dream now is this or one of these… I would love to own my own bakery and make delicious pies, cakes, cookies, muffins, and breads all day long. I’d love to be home and spend more time with my kids. I’d love to blog & work in social media for a living. I’d love to go back to school and be one of those people who goes to college and takes random classes just because they sound interesting, a life long learner & college student.
So many choices really and I just don’t know what I want to be when I grow up.
I’m not complaining so don’t get me wrong. I have a great life and as many people when they were younger made some not so good choices. I just never went back to my dreams.
What about you? Do you know what you want to be when you grow up? Are you doing what you always dreamed of?
This post totally resonates with me on so many levels that I feel like I’ve just been punched in the gut. In fact, I feel my own blog post on the subject brewing! I’m curious to hear from the readers – so be sure to answer Jackie’s questions in the comments below.