When I Grow Up

We all have silly dreams about what we’d like to do. As a kid I wanted to be an astronaut. (And by kid, I mean last week…) Silly things like mortgages, food buying, and raising a family can often squelch our dreams. So what do you do with those unmet longings? Well, I’m not a soothsayer or anything, but I can tell you what I’m trying to do. Maybe you will find a way to scratch your itch as well.

As a career, I’ve always wanted to do one of three things:

  • Be a writer
  • Be a radio DJ
  • or own a coffee shop

My career is related to none of those. Sadly. Rather than live a life of disappointment, however, I’ve try to never forget my dreams and aspirations. As far as the first point goes, writing for Linux Journal has certainly scratched that itch a bit. THIS blog, however, really does allow me to express myself in any way I see fit. Since it’s just my personal space, and not a topic specific blog — I can write about anything I so desire. It’s actually pretty nice.

As far as being a DJ, well, you’ve all seen my attempts to fill that void. Videos, podcasts, etc. I’m actually cooking up the idea for a regular podcast over at Linux Journal, and I have some pretty good audio equipment. Every time I perform either live or recorded, it just feels good. Perhaps it’s narcissism. Perhaps it’s conceit. Or maybe I just like to entertain others. I’m hoping for the latter.

And lastly, a coffee shop. So far all I’ve managed to do in that venue is drink a lot of coffee. I still haven’t given up the dream, but the actual coffee shop itself might have to wait until I retire. When I’m 92. 🙂

What about you? Do you have any silly aspirations that you keep pushing back into your subconscious because it’s not practical? Do you have an itch that needs to be scratched? Are you living your dream? Inquiring minds want to know.

13 thoughts on “When I Grow Up”

  1. Well, you’ve all seen the manifestation of my writerly aspirations. I’ve also always had dreams of owning a bookstore or a restaurant. Reading a lot and eating a lot is all of done toward achieving those goals.


  2. See… I’m one of those people who never knew what they wanted to be when they grew up (still don’t really).

    I figure as long as I’m happy with what I’m doing, I’m okay.

    Doesn’t mean I wouldn’t like to be a writer, but I don’t think that’s a dream as much as something I think I could do if I worked at it.

    But really, as long as I’m content, I’m good with where I am.

  3. I too wanted to be an astronaut in the (not intending to give away my age) early 70’s. While not quite old enough to remember the first moon landing, we (me, myself, and I) were not too far from it in terms of time.

    Fast forward a number of years and I am being asked what my major would be. I chose chemistry because nothing else seemed remotely interesting. Later I changed my major to chemical engineering. Long story short, there are good days and there are bad days.

    I do not always feel that I am in my dream job. I feel the need to be creative. If that means programming, writing, or drawing…I am not sure. What I do know is that my life has not turned out the way I once imagined it would.

  4. I always wanted to be a hacker cyber super villain. So far I have spent my career keeping networks safe from hackers so apparently I’m doing it wrong.
    One day though I will hold a city hostage with the threat of opening the gates to a dam and flooding the town or something like that.

    All my aspirations are evil, that’s not a good sign ………it’s an AWESOME sign MUAHAHAHAHAHA

  5. Well, I’d still like to make a living full time by writing, but I don’t think that’s gonna happen. However, since I’ve published a book, a play, and a bunch of other writing, I’m not going to complain too much about that.

    Another dream was to work in radio full time. That’s not gonna happen either – I don’t have a “radio voice.” But I do have a weekly radio show and have had for about five years now, once a week. Not the level I would like, but I still am doing something I always wanted to do.

    Actor. Not a star, but an actor that paid the bills and maybe bring some recognition. This is definitely not gonna happen, But I am involved in community theater when work allows it, and I’m good with that.

    And singer in a rock and roll band. This will only happen in the privacy of my apartment and my own mind with the headphones on and no one else home.

    SO I may not be living my dreams as I would like to, I live enough of them at a level that still brings enjoyment in my life.

  6. As a child I wanted to be a doctor.
    And own a bookstore.
    Be a writer, and have a restaurant.

    Um…..I got nothing!
    I suppose, if I stretched it, as a parent it often seems like I am a doctor, a cook, a plumber, a counsellor, and events planner…and so much more.
    But I would really like to be paid as if I was all of those things.

    While I did return to school to at least try to make dreams into some sort of reality, even that seems to have crashed…
    I suppose at this point keeping any dream alive is the dream itself.
    (sorry, having a rough day)

  7. An actor. A sports star. Yes, an astronaut (more like kosmonaut, though). Did a bit of acting in school (badly), played various sports (“winning does not matter, participation does”), used to get sick in airplanes (outgrew that, thankfully)… What I ended up to be good at and what I would love to have done in my life never seemed to coincide…

  8. I wanted to be a doctor, then I deceided to become a veterinarian. It didn’t take long and I became a Pre Vet Med school drop out. Talk about niave, I thought you went to collage and learned to do what you wanted to do Like to be a veterinarian you learned about animals and medicines and what they do and how to do surgerys and what symptoms meant what… it ain’t like that at all. What a supprise to find out about all the English and math and history and speach and sociology classes you have to take, what was all that about any way. Well I got a little wiser with age and now I’m a nurse. And I’m lookin’for a fun job!

  9. As someone who grew up in a restaurant and has worked in a number of other ones, all I can say to you restaurant-owning-wannabe’s is… well, first, if you’ve never done food service before you should try that. And second, are you out of your mind? o.O It’s not all about having cool dining room themes and ambience (which was what the last person I talked to was thinking). It’s about working 14 hours a day 7 days a week, most of it in an industrial kitchen, for zero glory, and expecting to have no life whatsoever. If you don’t have extended family to raise your kids for you (especially if they’re very young), you don’t want to run a restaurant.

    Umm. As for my own dreams. When I was ten I wanted to be a writer. I’m not quite living that dream yet, but I’m perfectly positioned to do so. I just need to get my act together and actually write.


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