“I want to be a unicorn!” Sound familiar? No, not to me either. But I did want to be a ninja. Children have all kinds of ideas about what they will be when they “are big”. Sometimes children know what they will be and stick with it through adulthood. We all know the kid who always dreamed about filling vending machines with stale candy, and no one was surprised when he ended up doing… what?
This series of posts is based on a journal I kept while trying to discover what I wanted from life. I looked over the journal and updated it for where I am today. We’ll present my journal in blog format, with added monkey-ness, new ideas and thoughts,drawings and whatever else seems to be a good idea at the time.
I made a list of all the things I wanted to be when I was a child. Some are reasonable, most are silly.
At least I didn’t want to be a salesman. Talk about crazy dreams. Anyway, my list looks like this:
- Home Builder.
- Game Store/Hobbyshop Owner.
That’s quite a list. It isn’t hard to see that I grew up in the 70s and 80s. Saturday morning cartoons… Kung-Fu Theater movies… Priest? It’s a bit enlightening, and a little embarrassing, to think back and remember what the little you thought the big you would be doing for a living. Somehow, I missed out on the lucrative blackbelt/homebuilder/artist craze of the mid 90s…
Get yourself some blank paper and something to write and draw with. Multiple colors would be best, for drawing tools…Think back to when you were a little monkey, or whatever thing you identify with. I won’t judge if you think of yourself as a little tangerine, or a tiny
Anyway, list all of the things you wanted to be when you were little, up through your early teens. Spend some time pondering this. Write these things down, even if you wanted to be a cat. Leave some room for notes to be added in following exercises. Be honest with yourself, even if you feel silly. Just remember, monkey priest is already taken…
Ready to do something with this list? Move on to part 2.