What if you’d grown up to become what you dreamed of as a kid?
My greatest dream when I was a little kid was to be a checker at the grocery store.
My mother thought this was the funniest thing. Other little girls wanted to be ballerinas or teachers. My brother wanted to be a karate master. My best friend John wanted to be an astronaut or a millionaire.
I just wanted to push buttons, talk to everybody who came through, and see what everybody else bought.
Looking back on every job I ever had before coming here, I have to admit that my favorite was being a cashier at a women’s clothing store. I loved not having the pressure of selling, but all the fun of talking to all the customers. I loved being the one who could solve any of the computer’s problems.
Despite the fact that I’ve never been happier than I am now—writing and editing on this site with a purpose and a goal—I think as a kid I had a pretty good idea of who I was. I still think that standing behind the counter and ringing people sounds pretty fun.
How about you? What’d you think you would grow up to be?
Do you ever wish you’d followed that dream?