When I Grow Up, I Want to Be…

This week we’ve been asked to describe the jobs we dreamed about when we were children.

princess

My youngest granddaughter now has dreams of princessing.

Almost two years ago (the week of February 23, 2015 to be exact), the topic was childhood dreams. I went back and read my post from that week (you can read it HERE) to find out if any of those dreams related to occupations. Apparently I’ve wanted to be a princess, an actress, a professional musician, a teacher, a mom, and an author. I guess those all qualify as careers.

Back in 2015, I decided that the changes in my professional aspirations were due to my “growing up.” Little girls listen to stories about princesses, and when they’re a bit older they begin emulating the young ladies they see on television. And then there are the tumultuous teen years when you’re trying new things, and new ideas like becoming a professional musician. Reality flares, and you make other choices, like becoming a teacher. Being a mom was a later dream, after I met Mr. Right, and becoming an author was a new challenge taken on after retiring from teaching.

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Me on one of my authoring days.

So have I ever regretted the choices I’ve made? Not at all. Princesses have to spend way too much time worrying about what they look like, what they say, what they wear, who they spend time with, where they go… I kind of like being able to come and go as I please, for the most part. And sometimes I just don’t feel like dressing up. I could never look as polished as the Duchess of Cambridge – even on a good day. I can’t imagine being that buttoned up all the time. As an actress you’re always quoted and criticized sharply when you make a mistake. While I have a daughter who’s excellent at tearing me down, I can’t imagine having my missteps plastered on the gossip rags and the internet. I’ve had a taste of being a professional musician – I get paid once in a while for playing one or more of my instruments – but to make a living at it I would spend countless hours practicing and traveling from gig to gig. The last three wishes – teacher, mom, and author – have been good fits for me. I can’t imagine my life any different.

cowgirl

Listen up, pardner!

I looked at that list again and realized they all have something in common. I like it when people listen to me. A princess has her kingdom, an actress and a professional musician have their audiences, a teacher has her classroom, a mom (sometimes) has her children, and an author has readers.

Guess my little brothers were right – I’m just a show-off!

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About Patricia Kiyono

During her first career, Patricia Kiyono taught elementary music, computer classes, elementary classrooms, and junior high social studies. She now teaches music education at the university level. She lives in southwest Michigan with her husband, not far from her five children, nine grandchildren (so far), and great-granddaughters. Current interests, aside from writing, include sewing, crocheting, scrapbooking, and music. A love of travel and an interest in faraway people inspires her to create stories about different cultures. Check out her sweet historical contemporary romances at her Amazon author page: http://www.amazon.com/Patricia-Kiyono/e/B0067PSM5C/
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12 Responses to When I Grow Up, I Want to Be…

  1. jeff7salter says:

    now you’ve made me want to go back to that week two years ago and see how my dreams were characterized.
    Teacher, Mom, Author — all noble enterprises.
    While I wouldn’t want to be “royalty” either (for most of the same reasons), it would be cool to have somebody to pick up after me and have my meals ready whenever I felt like eating.

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    • Patricia Kiyono says:

      I went back and read your post from that week, Jeff. Sounds like you were a typical little boy! And yes, having someone do all the bothersome stuff like picking up and getting things to eat would be wonderful. I hear they’re making wonderful strides with robots these days…

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  2. I can’t imagine how stressful it would be to constantly be in the spotlight even when you’re on vacation. Being a celebrity or royalty sounds glamorous until you grow up and realize what comes with it.

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  3. Love that picture, Patty. Did you maybe want to be a cowboy, too? I did, so maybe now that’s why I read and write about them!

    Lucy

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    • Patricia Kiyono says:

      Thanks, Lucy. I can’t honestly remember wanting to be a cowboy – maybe I decided to “borrow” my younger brother’s holster and hat that day! I thought the picture conveyed a “look at me” stance!

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  4. Joselyn says:

    I definitely wouldn’t want to be under a microscope all the time. I’ve found I like occupations where I’m on my own as well.

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    • Patricia Kiyono says:

      Writing is definitely a solitary occupation, Joselyn! I guess I like a healthy mix of being around people and being on my own. Guess that’s why the combination of professor/author suits me!

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  5. Could that cowgirl picture possibly be any cuter???
    It isn’t really a choice to become a princess, I guess.I mean, even if you set out to wed a prince, you’d have to be royalty, or end up “just” a duchess anyway!
    It seems to me like you have accomplished a number of your dreams, or close to it.

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    • Patricia Kiyono says:

      I have absolutely no complaints about where life has brought me, Tonette. I think the dreams most important to me have come true, and have brought me more satisfaction than any title awarded by birth or royal decree!

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  6. J.Q. Rose says:

    There is no more noble profession than being a mom. Good on you for doing what you wanted and doing them all very well. I’d hate to have to wear a crown and string all those rubies, diamonds, emeralds around my neck. I prefer capris and tee shirts. I bet you do too! Great post.

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    • Patricia Kiyono says:

      Aww, thank you, JQ! Yes, I think of all the things I’ve done in my life, producing and raising my daughters ranks above anything else. Thanks so much for stopping in!

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