Even if you're fairly satisfied in your job, I think it's always good to look back at where you thought you would go in life and the dreams you had as a child. Consider it a lesson in grounding yourself, perhaps?
So my list of all the things I thought I could be was so varied that I thought it might be fun to list them all off:
- Witch - Some of the first books I read on my own were about a little girl witch, Dorrie .I think I thought I could become a witch too and make potions to help people. It wasn't until years later that I learned that there were actual witches in this world
- Artist - My mom signed me up for a variety of art classes through Rochester's Memorial Art Gallery's Creative Workshop when I was younger. Most of them involved some sort of water color painting and drawing. There might have been one class where we made pottery items, but I could be confusing that with art class in middle school. My mom was an enthusiastic supporter of some of the stuff I produced which I suppose led me to believe that maybe I could do that art thing.
- Ghost Investigator - Before I became afraid of everything bloody, violent, and gory in films, tv, and books, I read many books about the paranormal. After I exhausted the children's section of the library, I moved onto the rest of the library to find books with ghost stories and other horrors. I think my idea about becoming a ghost investigator was primarily fueled by seeing Ghostbusters.
- Meteorologist - Meteorologist Kevin Williams visited my school when I was in 3rd or 4th grade. He had footage of tornadoes and other weather phenomena. It looked exciting and something I could
- Archeologist - The Indiana Jones movies are solely to blame here although my parents did have a habit of taking me to every historic village they came across while on vacations. I still love history.
- Musician - Before the next notion came about, I decided that maybe I could be violinist professionally because how cool would it be to play violin in an orchestra and get paid for it??
- Music Teacher - The performer idea track was derailed when the idea to become a music teacher was presented to me just before 8th grade. I think it sounded reasonable and something I might like to do so I spent the next 6 years of my life dedicating my studies toward this goal.
- Music Historian- Almost 3/4 of the way through my freshman year in college, I realized that maybe I didn't want to be a music teacher. I loved music and thought perhaps the music history route was the way to go. I even met with the music history department head at Baldwin-Wallace College to try to feel him out for what possible careers in that field could be.
- Radio Music Director - Ultimately, I switched majors to broadcasting with thoughts that maybe I could be a music director for a radio station since I had so much fun doing it in high school.
- Radio Programmer - That led to thinking maybe I could program a whole station.
- Radio News Person - And then I took that news writing course my Junior year in college at Buffalo State and it was all over from there.