What did you want to be as a kid? And how did that turn out?

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  1. Bones

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    It's only been recently that I realized that I didn't actually have "dreams" when I was a kid. My only dream was to be free. After that happened, my life has been going well, but there were times where I didn't think I would actually make it to 17, never mind making it past 50.
     
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    Early on I spent more time with adults than kids, and the annoying buggers kept asking me what I wanted to be when i grew up.
    Tired of their drivel, I started answering that I wanted to be a horse doctor that doctored pigs.
    That shut 'em up!
    Seriously though, it annoyed the hell out of me, how does a five year old plan retirement?

    Later I wanted to understand, so I kept asking questions and getting vague evasive answers.
    Seems adults didn't know as much as their rep suggested.

    Eventually I wanted to be free, and thought I could get there through music.
    Turns out music is more confining than almost any other life choice, and certainly the most confining of the arts. I grew up among artists and they all seemed trapped.

    So now I'm annoying, ignorant, and trapped in a bizarre civilization.
     
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    My astronaut career never did take off, but I did wind up designing packaging for some of my favorite products, which is something I joked about in High School.

    Working on the indie rockstar thing now.... not holding my breath
     
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    I was into space. I wanted to be an astronomer or something like that. I remember telling my mom I wanted to go to Stanford, when I was like 10! She didn't say much. We were poor.
    After trying to become a rock star for years I finally went to college on my own dime while working and became an engineer. Got a lot of lucky breaks and did well.
     
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    I remember around 8-yrs-old wanting to be a race car driver. My aunt and uncle were professional racers in Queensland. We used to watch her race from time to time, and my uncle was a big name in Australia: John French. He won the Bathurst 1000 one year. Their son raced motorcycles. In my teens in Canada, that dream persisted, but other things took over. I did apply to the Skip Barber school of racing, but I couldn't afford it.
    In my late teens, I decided I wanted to be a musician and make my living playing guitar. It actually did happen. Getting laid off from the sawmill forced my friend and I to find other work and so we decided to form a duo and hit the road. That lasted for a couple of years.
     
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    An Actor. Which pretty much happened. I've been acting my way through life. Sometimes the parts sucked, but at least I got to play. Some of George Harrison's words "Each day just goes so fast, I turn around it's past, you don't get time to hang a sign on me". For work I thought an Accountant, Mathematician, or Musician. Ended up in technology. Lucky enough to have had several careers within technology.
     
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    Dad was a touring musician, Mom was a touring musician, two Aunts and three Uncles were touring musicians, Paternal Grandfather and Maternal Grandmother were touring musicians. I can't remember ever wanting to do anything other than play music. It worked out pretty well for over 30 years of my adult life.
     
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    As a teenager I once told my mother that I either wanted to be a hippie or a Hell's Angel when I got older. I think I gave her a minor heart attack. I never got a Harley, so I guess I did the hippie thing pretty well. :D

    But as a little tyke I either wanted to be a singing cowboy or an astronaut. I didn't understand why they wouldn't get me a horse for Christmas. I used to spend a lot of time "training" to go into space by lying on my back with my legs up in a chair in a big cardboard box. Neither of those career paths really worked out unless playing country music counts.
     
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    When I was 8 years old I wanted to be a private investigator. I invented a pseudonym for myself - "Dick Reynolds, Private Eye". I also wanted to be a guitar player like James Burton (I didn't know his name, just thought that twangin' guy on the Ozzie and Harriett show was incredibly cool). The second one worked out OK. I even got on TV a couple of times.
     
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    I guess I wanted to be a scientist/engineer

    Turned out to be a physics/earth science teacher that plays guitar
     
  11. bgmacaw

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    I wanted to be a US Marine. Got there, hated it.
     
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    Interesting that your only dream was to be free.
    In my usual slow manner I was typing while you posted this, and generally don't hear that as (having been) the dreams of children.

    We seems to have taken different paths in some ways, but pretty similar in others.
    Not that it matters or necessarily relates, but I ended up playing music, building houses and furniture, and doing lots of photography, plus being heavily into wildlife.

    At the same time we don't seem to relate a whole lot on this forum, but I do enjoy your pics and posts.

    There is a bit of a divide between finding freedom and finding a stable comfortable life in society today.
    To my view anyhow...
     
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    You know, it's funny, I did a lot of things in my life, but when I dream, it's about being behind the wheel of a diesel heading down the super slab with the radio cackling in the background. There truly is nothing like the allure of the open road, another adventure waiting every time you head out, just like Will and Sonny!
     
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    I wanted to be a quarterback until about 3rd grade. Then I wanted to be a point guard until about 5th grade. Then I wanted to be a film camera person until about 8th grade. Ended up being an architect because my dad thought that I could do it and we were always building things growing up. I really enjoyed the college part of it. The professional part has had plenty of ups and downs.
     
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    Yeah TD 2 or 3 times a week I also have truck related dreams … I can't believe its over :(
     
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    When I was an actual kid, I had no asperations. Everyone I knew was poor, we didn't think much beyond the next day. I was very fortunate to have had the life I've lived, because there wasn't a whole lot of planning went into it until I turned fifty. That was the age I realized that I had better get to doing something that I could do until I retired, and make some money so that I could, which I did. That wasn't a dream, that was reality intruding on me to the point where I actually came up with a plan. Do I wish I'd had a plan sooner? It would have been good if I had, but I don't know if anything would have turned out much differently. Fate plays a big role in our lives, and there's really not a whole hell of a lot we can do about it.
     
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    This was me from that period in my life, man I thought I handle anything that came my way! scan0152.jpg
     
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    We'd have had some fun runnin down the boulevard together :cool::cool:
     
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    I wanted to be a mechanical engineer. I ended up in IT.

    Not that much different.
     
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  20. Toto'sDad

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    I know we would have. The iron haulers all stuck together. I got a call to haul a 623 scraper and I didn't have my blocks with me, don't why I didn't, I usually did. I'm standing there by the county road trying to figure out what I'm gonna do, and a guy pulls up in a low bed. Says, I know what the problem is you ain't got no blocks I do, and I'm going to the yard where I have extras. Fire that Cat up, and I'll give you a hand loading it! We got it loaded and blocked up and I tried to give him twenty bucks for lunch. He said, I know damned well you'd help me, and I ain't gonna spoil it by taking your money, see you on the flip side and away he went.

    This is me getting ready to head out from the best iron hauling job I ever had near the end of my heavy hauling days. I never worked for a better outfit, and they treated me like a king. My son used to joke, there's my dad in a blue shirt in the 70s, in the 80s, in the 90s! That Pete had a 13 speed with air shifted rear ends. In the low geared set you could idle under the goose neck. In the high gears you could motate. I would shift through the gears, then shift up on the rear ends and drop back into fifth direct and shift up from there. Scan0075.jpg
     
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