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Your Dream Job That Never Was

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  1. Debater Slayer

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    When I was a kid, I really wanted to be a truck driver because I loved trucks. (I still do, but I don't want to be a trucker.) I come from a middle-class family, though, which in my country more or less means you absolutely have to get a university degree and have a white-collar career. So my childhood dream never came true. Instead, I ended up learning English, a lot of math, and programming.

    What about you? Did you ever have a dream job but end up pursuing something else?
     
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  2. Revoltingest

    Revoltingest Abnormal before it was fashionable
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    I wanted someone to pay me to opine all day.
    So far, I've achieved half of that dream.
     
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    I wanted to be a bartender for a small, low key bar that had regular customers. My mom frequented a bar like that, and it seemed like there were a lot of folks there that might have seemed rough around the edges, but with a smile and a cold drink blossomed into positive people that didn't get recognition elsewhere.

    I would have loved to create some of those smiles.
     
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  4. Debater Slayer

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    Does the other half involve being paid for posting on RF?
     
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    Revoltingest Abnormal before it was fashionable
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    How's ya guess!
     
  6. Exaltist Ethan

    Exaltist Ethan Earth is Divine Nature

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    I knew from a very young age that I wanted to work with computers. Growing up I wanted to design my own computer games but I outgrew that and wanted to become a software engineer. I would be a software engineer right now in fact if it wasn't for the fact that I have a crippling mental illness that really stops from functioning like that in my every day life. I have the opposite problem most people have: I always knew what I wanted to do but I am unable to operate at that level. So now I waste every day, living on the dole, doing nothing important each and every single day, minus the Exaltism idea I created I will be known for nothing else.
     
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  7. Debater Slayer

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    Because I get paid for it too, of course. ($0/hour is the going rate.)
     
  8. VoidCat

    VoidCat Pronouns: they/them/their thon/thons/thonself

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    My list of jobs i wanted:
    Veterinarian
    Military nurse(wasn't an actual dream job i just felt my family wouldnt pay for anything and thought the military might)
    Forensic pathologist
    Mortician
    Those folk that do autopsies
    Work in palliative care as a nurse
    Psychologist
    Massage therapist
    College professor
    Therapist
    Social worker
    Disability advocate
    Neurologist
    Hospice nurse
    Missionary(I was a christian at the time)
    Pastor(again was a christian)



    I ended up pursuing the dream job of being a teacher. Now i work at a daycare still worker towards that goal
     
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  9. Father Heathen

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    Game developer...:(
     
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    I'd like at least 10 times that.
    (I've expensive tastes.)
     
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    Oh i forgot a few
    Aside for a mental health therapist i wanted to be a sex therapist and gender therapist.
    A dog and cat trainer
    Farmer
    Janitor
    Cook
    Foster parent
    Snake breeder
    Travel agent
    Linguist
    ASL interpeter
    And a nun.

    I think that's all of them but not sure.
     
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  12. ChristineM

    ChristineM "Be strong" I whispered to my coffee.
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    I wound up in my dream job, CG artist. In recent years though I've developed another dream job that just ain't going to happen... A professional lottety winner.
     
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    Imagine finding all those in one job!
     
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    Revoltingest Abnormal before it was fashionable
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    Ya canna win if' ya don't pay the "stupid tax" (ie, buy the tickets).
     
  15. VoidCat

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    Man i really just wanted to learn and be everything as a kid... I loved and still do love learning
     
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  16. Quagmire

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    Street musician. I've taken a stab at it for brief moments here and there, but I've never gotten around to giving it a serious trial.

    It's funny because there have been times when I was playing in public just for the hell of it, or because somebody just happened to have a guitar lying around, and I'd usually get a crowd around me without meaning to, everybody smiling and nodding, but whenever I've sat down somewhere in public specifically to "busk" I'd lose my nerve pretty quick. I think part of it was that it just felt too much like panhandling, and I'd be self-conscious about it from start to finish. All it would take would be a dirty look or two or one rude comment and I was done for the night.

    Funny that too, because I've never had a problem getting up on stage in front of a crowd, although I think part of the reason for that is that heckling is a lot less likely under those circumstances.

    In my mid thirties I was at kind of a crossroads in my life: I'd started college a cpl years earlier (yeah I had a late start) had a 4.0, had already been published, and because of all that and my age I was looking at a real good chance at a scholarship to Stanford.

    My plan was to get my personal trainer certificate so I had an income while I was attending classes to become a technical writer.

    It all made sense, but I wasn't really excited about any of it.

    A third option that really wasn't any more than a fantasy by then was to just take some classical guitar lessons to augment what I already knew, grab my guitar and just see what it turned into.

    If it worked, I could see myself getting back on the road and using my music to finance my travels.

    This was what I really wanted to do, but like I said I was already in my mid-30s and figured it was time to get "serious" about things.

    In retrospect, screw making sense and getting serious.

    Life's too short for that nonsense.

    Lesson learned: follow your dreams or they'll wind up following you whispering, "What could have been" in your ear.
     
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  17. ChristineM

    ChristineM "Be strong" I whispered to my coffee.
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    Yup that's the reason i never progressed with that job.
     
  18. Quagmire

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    Not too much different from what you're doing here. :)
     
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    Dealing with drunks?
     
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    Oh, there were a lot of things I wanted to do in life. I'm still not 100% certain what my direction is, though, but some things that I'm pretty sure I'll never be, in no particular order:
    Astronaut
    Lego designer
    Full time writer
    Full time graphic designer
    Video game designer
    Animator
    Secret agent
    Rabbi
    Medic
    Cop
    Firefighter
    Movie director
     
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