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As a young kid I was certain I would be a teacher when I grew up. To practice, I would force my sister to sit and listen to me lecture on math, spelling and other subjects. When she ran to mommy crying, I would replace her with a row of stuffed animals. Apparently I was a mean and demanding teacher, but the stuffed animals didn't seem to mind. Then I went to university and enrolled in the teaching program. These dreams quickly died when I actually worked as a substitute teacher at a middle school and had to deal with teenage boys stabbing each other with pencils. I simply didn't have the patience to deal with the delinquents that sometimes reign terror in the classroom.

So I switched my study path and became a Writing major, focusing mostly on poetry and other creative types of writing. My twenties were filled with tortured relationships, so it was perfect inspiration! After university, I wanted to go see the world and took a job with United Airlines. That's when the travel bug bit me. Many years later I decided to get a doctorate degree in law and I now work as a trademark/branding attorney.

Today at breakfast I asked my five year old nephew what he wants to be when he grows up. His answer was "a scientist." Great to start with high ambitions in life! So tell me - what job did you want as a kid and what are you doing now?



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Apr. 8th, 2013 02:09 am (UTC)
so... Because I was born in USSR - more than anything I dreamed to be a paratrooper (blue beret) or recon soldier :)
But - reality is sad, Ministry of defence said me "Son, you haven't enough health for military service, go fuck out of here" :)). Then I had to choose a civil career, in 1997 graduated the medical school and now I work as project manager in large medical corporation.
Apr. 8th, 2013 01:46 pm (UTC)
"But...reality is sad." I suppose this is one of the main realizations from childhood to adulthood. In fact yes, reality is sad at times. Most children are protected from this fact in early years. It's why they are beautiful creatures - so pure and innocent! :)
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Apr. 8th, 2013 03:26 am (UTC)
born in USSR too. Wanted to be an army officer, then USSR collapsed and military career become miserable. So, I graduated as an IT engineer and working as a programmer.

Interesting what part of your readers is russians :)
Apr. 8th, 2013 05:14 am (UTC)
main part, I think :))))
(no subject) - peacetraveler22 - Apr. 8th, 2013 01:54 pm (UTC) - Expand
Apr. 8th, 2013 03:40 am (UTC)
Tell your nephew that he might want to think twice about his dream. Because being a scientist (which I am) is not really as much fun as I thought it would be when I decided to become one at a sweet age of 13. It is actually a lot of very hard work for very little money and one has to deal with constant frustrations when experiments fail (very often).
However, my very first childhood dream was about being a truck driver. I still love cars and driving, so part of that is very much alive.
Oh, and about your teaching aspirations - Try teaching older kids. I teach junior college and I enjoy it tremendously. It's a very rewarding experience, and at a college level I don't have to deal with a lot of discipline problems.
Apr. 8th, 2013 01:55 pm (UTC)
Truck driver? I remember all those scary trucks on the highway from Moscow to St. Petersburg. But America, the land of the pick-up truck. :) My dad drives an old, beat up Ford F-150.
Apr. 8th, 2013 04:40 am (UTC)
I wanted to be an astronaut or a test-pilot, but only till my 13 years old. After that I turned on to a lawyer, graduated uni and have a really good work for 15 years.
And now I graduated as rehab trainer, massage therapist and physio - I very excited about my work and now I came back to my childhood dream again and think that some day maybe I could be in astronautic team as physiotherapist researcher :) Even very bizarre childhood dreams could be embodied :)

Off-topic: This is amazing that you have a lot of russian readers around whole world in the livejournal now! What do you think about it? :)
Apr. 8th, 2013 04:44 am (UTC)
BTW, my son (8 y.o.) dream to became a scientist. I try to ask that kind of scientist he wants to be and he said: "The Scientist!" :))
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Apr. 8th, 2013 04:46 am (UTC)
Well, I used to think I would become a space engineer or scientist and maybe even fly into space someday.
But I finished school in the crisis of 1990s. It seemed almost hopeless to go to the astronomy, and I used a more realistic chance to secure my future and went to the IT faculty of a chemical engineering university.
But my further path went quite close to the plan. I worked in science for several years, and then I started my career in the industrial automation. This is a broad and interesting area of knowledge where a man can be busy for his entire life never getting bored. And it still leaves me an open door to the space engineering, though chances that I'll take this way today are small.

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Apr. 8th, 2013 02:00 pm (UTC)
My nephew is obsessed with space and at 5yrs. old knows more about it than me. It's great you enjoy your job so much. Law also is interesting, most of the time. But I don't like working in a big law firm like I do now. Sadly I'm strapped with student loan debt so it's the only option at this point to pay down my doctorate loans. Higher education in the States is insanely expensive.
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Apr. 8th, 2013 05:41 am (UTC)
Changed my mind many times in the childhood )) Frankly, I do not recall whom I wanted to be when I was 5. Later on, I decided to be a biologist and followed this path till 14 (attended biology classes). But at 15, I found out that at the biology faculty of St.Petersburg (then Leningrad) university, math was the primary exam. And I changed the school to the one focused on math and physics, then graduated university with the Computer Science degree, and finished with technical writing now :)
Apr. 8th, 2013 02:03 pm (UTC)
Cool! I was a horrible math and science student but very good at the humanities like literature, English, sociology, etc.
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Apr. 8th, 2013 05:59 am (UTC)
A diver and an aviator were professions I had dreamt about since I was 5 till 13 after that I decided to become a doctor. And now I work as neurologist.
Apr. 8th, 2013 02:05 pm (UTC)
Neurologist, highly technical and skilled profession. My uncle had a stroke at a young age and he worked with amazing doctors in this area to achieve an almost full recovery. Btw, how many years do you have to go to school to become a doctor in Russia? Is it similar to the States where you have long residency requirements?

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Apr. 8th, 2013 06:21 am (UTC)
I thought, that I will become a singer, as a Freddie Mercury) but now i'm a system administrator (IT):)
Apr. 8th, 2013 02:08 pm (UTC)
Do you know the famous musical "Annie"? It's about a curly, red-headed orphan adopted by a millionaire. I used to run around the house as a kid singing all the songs to this show. Unfortunately, my voice sucks but I love music (including Queen!).
Apr. 8th, 2013 06:30 am (UTC)
I do not remember what kind of work I wanted, but now I am an engineer.

where your poetry?

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Apr. 8th, 2013 02:11 pm (UTC)
My poetry was never published. I wrote it only in classes and as a creative exercise, but it's very personal. Maybe one day I'll share some of it.
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Poets - peacetraveler22 - Apr. 9th, 2013 02:04 pm (UTC) - Expand
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Apr. 8th, 2013 06:32 am (UTC)
Я всегда хотела быть среди книг - библиотекарь. И сейчас хочу. Но уже не буду никогда.)))
Красивые девочки на фото.
Apr. 8th, 2013 02:08 pm (UTC)
That's me and my younger sister in the photo. :)
Apr. 8th, 2013 06:59 am (UTC)
Wanted to be a programmer. I'm programmer now.
Apr. 8th, 2013 02:09 pm (UTC)
Dreams realized! You must be a focused individual.
Apr. 8th, 2013 10:20 am (UTC)
While a kid I wanted to be a manager or an economist. Now I am working as a safety engineer. But I want to be a scientist in Environmental Enginering :)
Apr. 8th, 2013 02:10 pm (UTC)
Seems a lot of my readers are very bright engineers. :)
Apr. 8th, 2013 01:56 pm (UTC)
dreems and real life
I was born in the USSR, East Germany. Guess, who was my dad? I dreamed to become a millitary man. But when the Great Empire ruined, I started to serve as Customs officer, the best 13 years of my life. By the way two my wives, ex, and not ex forever used to be Customs officers too. In our Customs house I was fab, because all women with my famaly name, were my wives in time.
Apr. 8th, 2013 02:17 pm (UTC)
Re: dreems and real life
Now you are on your third wife? :)) I do some U.S. Customs work in my legal career. It's really interesting but complicated. I found it so strange that foreigners arriving into Russia don't have to fill out a Customs form on the plane. This is the first country I've been to where nothing was required. No forms, nothing! When I arrived at SVO, the passport control agent looked at me in total shock that I had a three year multi-entry visa. Apparently she didn't know the regulations between America and Russia recently changed. This is scary.
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Apr. 8th, 2013 03:41 pm (UTC)
As a child I wanted to become a doctor or biologist, but became a geophysicist :)
Apr. 8th, 2013 04:00 pm (UTC)
Geophysicist! It appears the most brilliant Russians read my blog. :) The worst grade I ever received in my academic studies was my geology class.
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Apr. 8th, 2013 05:22 pm (UTC)
Dreamt of becoming a farmer=) probably because i was grown up in a village. But later on got a diploma in linguistics, worked for Austrian Airlines, now i am a scientist´s wife. Well, I hope not to stay a housewife for the rest of my life)
Apr. 8th, 2013 06:06 pm (UTC)
Housewife, I think this is the hardest job on the planet. And I'm being very serious. I loved working for the airlines because it provided so many opportunities for exploration but the pay was horrible and it got very annoying dealing with mean and irritable passengers all the time. I'm lucky because I still have friends that work for United and they let me use their flight benefits. :)
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