What Do You Want to Be When You Grow Up?


My daughter just finished up a musical theater summer camp. Daughter wants to be on Broadway some day. I’ll let you know when she makes her debut. I hope you and I still keep in touch then. It’s going to be awhile. She’s only 11. Let me tell you this musical theater camp was less than a stellar experience. But it got me to thinking (I know, here I go again.)

We all need to know our strengths in our chosen career and the areas where we could use a little help. I’ll use myself as an example.

I don’t like the sight of blood, even my own. I can conclude that being a doctor would be a large mistake. As a matter of fact, I avoid any jobs that require the use of science. I play to my strengths and I write. Way less messy. At least there’s no blood. Well, wait, there is some in my books.  

Would you be a chef if you couldn’t cook? A taxi driver in New York City if contact sports isn’t your thing? Of course you wouldn’t. At least I don’t think you would. Would you?

I definitely think we need to identify our strengths when planning our career paths and I plan on helping my kids find theirs. Even now I can tell you my very serious son shouldn’t bank on stand up comedy as a career. He’s your science guy. And daughter better stick to her Broadway dreams because an accountant she isn’t.

What do you want to be when you grow up?



4 thoughts on “What Do You Want to Be When You Grow Up?

  1. Always enjoy your posts, Stacey. Keep ’em comin’!

    Hmm. Landing the role of the narrator in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat opposite Donny Osmond, Greg Evigan would be quite welcome. (Hey! How about Hunter Hayes?–Yep. That might work too ;)) Or even one rockin’ duet with Kevin Bacon.

    Okay, back to a doable adulthood: how about being a prolific and profitable writer with a really cool editor-assistant?

    Better get back to those stats I originally logged on to do…


  2. Hmmmm…….what do you want to be when you grow up? Great question that I continually seek the answer to – at age 52! Really? Me, run a library? I purposely never call myself a librarian, but rather a director of library services. Why? because my strength is in managing people and systems, NOT managing collections confined by Dewey and his antiquated decimal system.

    I have evolved over the years, and I’m certain my kids will too. Knowing and defining our strengths is a process that comes with age and experience…..it’s up to us as parents to encourage, emphasize, and re-direct these beings that came from us. My advice: be happy, explore, take a risk, learn from your mistakes – and never stop asking the question “what do I want to be….’

    (And Stacey, since you asked – what I really want to be when I grow up is a flower designer!)

  3. Great advice! And I bet you manage Dewey and his system just fine. It’s never too late to start designing flowers.

    What we want to be usually does evolve. For me, I wanted to be a writer when I was seven, but by the time I graduated from high school I was already worried about college giving me the avenue to making money (laugh, laugh) and I put writing away in the closet for many years. But I never forgot it and often longed for it. Finally, I said enough, and began.

    And if I couldn’t be a writer, I’d like to compose film scores.

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