What did you dream about when you were a kid. did you dream about being a doctor, a vet, or maybe a teacher. most of us have lots of dreams and we all believe our life will be wonderful and once we get grown all our wishes, or atleast some of them, will come true.. even if we had parents telling us differently we still believed… is this a good thing or bad.
i always wanted to be a vet, or a jockey… i was very short and small so my dad told me it was something i could shoot for, only bad thing in that was the only horse i rode was a mean pony who threw me off more than i rode. i loved animals so i wanted to be in a field with them.
then i got older and i wanted to work in stores, such as ordering clothes and keeping the stores stocked with the newest fashions, problem with that was i lived in a small town with the only fashion store being 15 miles away and it was a walmart. plus i had no sense of style, not for that type of job.
after i married early and the kids were born i decided i wanted to be a nurse. i had worked as a nurses aide and i felt as though that was my calling, and the money is not bad. so off to school i went and i took all the basics and did pretty good, then came the first pre-nursing classes. between running for four kids and taking care of a house i just couldn’t manage, i know a lot of woman do it but i just didn’t have what it took. so i took a job at a daycare for eleven years doing basically what i had done since i was seventeen… cooking and watching kids.
now don’t get me wrong, daycare work is very underrated. most daycare teachers are lucky to make a few pennies over minimum wage and the days are long and hard. contrary to what most people think, the daycare workers do not sit in front of a tv screen or sit and chit chat all day long. day cares must go by state and federal regulations and if run by a good owner they can be a good place for your child to go.
now i am middle age, and due to the daycare i worked at closing because the owners decided after 18 years they were ready to retire, i am again without a job. my children are grown and i don’t think i want to go back to watching a room full of children at my age. i have volunteered some time to my cousin with her new restaurant and i enjoy that type of work but not sure about cooking in a facility all day long, several days a week.
i am lucky that my husband works at a good job and wants me home but i know it would help us financially and it would help me to get out of the house some. so here i am again, thinking about our dreams as children about what we are going to grow up to be. going back to school would be great but college is expensive and i don’t want to put that burden on our finances, so i think about what i would like to do for the next 20 years of my life. my dream would be to take beautiful pictures and have people pay me to take them, but in this day and time there are photographers on every corner.
i have given up on what i want to be when i grow up. now i just want to know what i want to do as i grow old. i think a lot of people find themselves in this predicament and some have to find the first thing that comes along because they need the money, some like me have a wonderful husband who is willing to let me check around some, and likes me home.
are dreams important as a child, yes they are. but also we need to make sure a child understand that some jobs are just not real easy to get and they take lots of hard work to obtain. and maybe they will have it worked out before their 50th birthday- like me………….
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