When I was a kid, there were many things I wanted to be. A psychologist was never one of those. Surprisingly, neither was a princess or fairy or any stereotypically girlie things. Here are some of the professions I thought I’d pursue:
One of my earliest memories is pretending to play school. I was always the teacher and loved bossing around my uncle and grandparents and later, my younger sister. I’d walk with a wooden ruler in my hand and
boss order my students to complete tasks such as the alphabet or making sure they did their homework. Those who didn’t follow instructions got into huge trouble! And all this was even before I’d started kindergarten. I think secretly, my uncle, parents and grandparents were all very glad when I officially started school!
Given that my dad’s a doctor, it’s no surprise that I toyed with the idea of becoming one. Except, unlike most people’s expectations, it wasn’t when I was seriously considering what I wanted to do. Oh no! Rather, it was when I was around six to eight years of age. The main reason wasn’t to help people. It was so I could dangle a stethoscope around my neck and look important while listening to someone’s heartbeat. I also enjoyed donning the white doctor’s coat on occasion.
I fell in love with Enid Blyton from the age of six and even though I didn’t really think of writing as a profession at that age, I still wrote. And I yearned to be like Blyton some day. Of course, little did I realise in my innocent little brain that times would change and few kids would continue to enjoy Blytonesque worlds.
I seriously contemplated becoming a detective. Right from my love for mystery novels, detective shows and finally, the X-Files, I wondered if it was something I could do. I had visions of myself flashing a card that said FBI and chasing murderers and thieves. Just not in high heels!
This is when things got serious. I was in Year 9 and had come to realise the only subject I enjoyed and was good at was English. Given my love for writing, I figured I could go on to study journalism and become a sports journalist. This way, I could combine my love for cricket and potentially
stalk follow the Australian cricket team. I even took up Arts in Year 11 with exactly that goal in mind. The plan had been to finish my B.A in English literature and then go on to study journalism.
The end result?
Of course, we all know now none of the above worked out. I stumbled upon Psychology in Year 11 and completely changed my mind. I still studied English lit in addition to psychology and anthropology during my first two years in undergrad and realised I actually loathed the subject. And that I perhaps wasn’t cut out for the field of journalism anyway!
Nowadays, even though I love writing, I certainly don’t regret my career choice. I love working with teenagers in particular and making a difference with their mental health. It’s funny how things work!
What did you want to be when you were a kid?
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Prompts for this week:
1. What did you want to be when you were a kid?
2. Did you think you’d be doing what you’re currently doing in life? Write a personal essay.
3. What has really made a big change in your life?
4. “Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.” – Martin Luther King Jr – Use this quote in your post or to inspire your post
5. Picture Prompt
Unfortunately, as I’ve been living out of a suitcase and started my new job last week, while also packing to move this weekend, I’ve been slack in reading your previous posts. However, my wonderful co-host Corinne has been doing that and will be choosing the featured writer. I will hopefully be back properly next week and engaging more with all of you!
Until then, why don’t you write a post on one of the prompts above and link up below!
Until next time,