A Princess or ….   9 comments

What did you want to be when you grew up vs. what you are today?


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Like almost everyone else, I had plans for my life and John Lennon explained to us that “life is what happens while we’re making other plans.”

I’m pretty sure I went through a fairy princess stage because most girls raised in the era of Cinderella and Sleeping Beauty wanted to be fairy princesses as some point in their lives. I do remember thinking Tinkerbell would have fun.

I remember watching the North American Sled Dog Race sometime in late elementary school and wanting to be a dog musher. It’s a lot of work to be a dog musher. I grew out of that as soon as I saw that.

My mother was a diner waitress and I remember wanting to follow in her footsteps, until I did it one weekend at a diner belonging to a friend of hers and realized that was a hard job too.

I wanted to be an architect in junior high school. I still love architecture, to look at, but when I discovered the math involved in being an architect, I moved on.

I wanted to be a writer. I reported for the high school newspaper and then I studied journalism in college. I took a job as a home-town reporter. I did that for a couple of years until my editor asked (uh, euphemism there) that I slant local stories to accommodate his political viewpoint and I decided I needed to find another career. I published a few magazine articles after that (all of this under my legal name), and then gradually let it go as we raised kids because the idea that you have extra time when you’re working full-time and raising kids is kind of delusional.

I became an administrator. Yay, such an exciting career, but it pays the bills, so I’ll keep doing it until I retire.

From about age 12 on, I had a wish to be a published author. I don’t think I thought I’d be writing apocalyptic fiction and self-publishing was definitely not a thing then, but I did manage to make that wish a reality. It only took 40 years of writing for my own amazement and honing my skills bit by bit.

Posted April 6, 2020 by aurorawatcherak in Blog Hop

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9 responses to “A Princess or ….

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  1. What fun to read about your childhood career dreams, Lela. I enjoyed this post.


  2. Like you I became an administrator, but would prefer to write full time. However, now we have Covid-19, I have the chance to write full time, but cannot think of anything to write!


    • I’m struggling this week with not wanting to write too. I have projects underway, but I’m just not on fire to work on them. I’m working from home and I think that keeps me from feeling like writing is something else I do. I think I need to go back to work.


  3. “I’m pretty sure I went through a fairy princess stage because most girls raised in the era of Cinderella and Sleeping Beauty wanted to be fairy princesses as some point in their lives.”

    Another Disney-esque romantic. Something we carry our entire lives. When my Granddaughter hit Disney age I signed up to watch all of them again. And again. And again.
    Larger than life bad guys (or dragons) and happy endings. It doesn’t get any better.

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  4. I worked for a newspaper for a short time. Not as a reporter, but as the person who stuffed the adds in between the sections!


  5. It’s great to read about everyone’s journey. Everyone seems to have ended up where we were meant to be, whether they realised it or not. It’s just the route that differed.


  6. Great post!

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