The earliest recollection I have of what I wanted to be when I grow is probably elementary school age. I wanted to be a stewardess. This was before we had to call everyone a "flight attendant". This was a short-lived dream for two very big reasons: First I had a growth-hormone deficiency, and despite growth hormone replacement shots, I was eventually told at about the ripe old age of about 11, that this was as tall as I was going to get- 5'2. To be a stewardess you had to be 5'7. I was devastated - my life of glamour and travel died before it even started. Years passed and the airlines dropped that requirement along with other discriminatory requirements. Regardless I discovered reason number 2) Turns out I have horrible motion sickness. I have to take a Dramamine every time I get on a plane!
Later, in Junior High I remember that I wanted to be a stage make-up artist after checking out a library book on stage make up, and digging the make-up that the band KISS wore! I ended up taking art courses all through-out Middle School and High School so in High School I had then set my sights on art and wanting to be an art teacher just like my favorite school teacher I ever had at James Madison High School - Mr. Keith Stephens. I recall speaking to him my senior year about this to which advised me that he didn't recommend it and explained the "challenges" of dealing with "youth" :) and to pursue art but in another area. I enjoyed art, and my classes, but I didn't think I was good enough to make money with my art, and also concluded that very few really good artists made any money, and those who did - earned it after they died! At the end of the day, I left High School without any focus or direction which is not a good starting place!
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It's such a blow when you're young and a dream is crushed. I have no doubt you rose above it and look forward to learning how. Such a waste of a good dream. Then again, where would you be today if it had worked out? Interesting.
It is said that "You have to have been where you were to be where you are now." It's just about as bad to choose a career at a very young age as I did and discover after you're INTO it that your talents don't really lie in that field. I knew from 10th grade that I wanted to be a high school band director. I never thought of anything else. Then, after I was in that job for a few years it became obvious that although I love music, I wasn't proficient enough in it to do well as a band director.