In primary school, my teacher would always ask our class this one question,
“What do you want to be when you grow up?”
I’m pretty sure you heard that one question once or more in your lifetime, right? Well, I wanted to be lots of things during my childhood. Let me tell you about it…
So grab your mug of coffee or tea and let’s get right into it!
I wanted to become a teacher or fashion designer at least when I first discovered about careers.
Why did I want to be a teacher?
I was inspired by my teachers during my years in primary school.
The way they tell off kids who were naughty, how they instructed on how to do these worksheets, storytelling and help kids in their education.
So I asked my mum to buy me a whiteboard along with some whiteboard markers and a whiteboard eraser. My dad helped hung the whiteboard in the kitchen. By then, I pretended to be a teacher in front of my “invisible classroom” (where no one can judge or look at me strangely).
Later on, my mum bought me print A4 paper and I pretended that they were worksheets for kids to write on.
What about a Fashion designer?
As a kid, I would doodle females in dresses from my imagination and watched movies called The Devil Wears Prada and Barbie: A Fashion Fairytale which inspired me.
I used a small sketchbook just to draw random females in clothing from my inspiration with reference from the media and my own imagination.
I was so inspired by designer clothing in shopping mall windows that I wanted to become a fashion designer and create clothes for those runway models and create my own clothing designer brands.
When I got into high school, my interest went towards gaming and drawing.
I was so into playing video games that I wanted to become a…
Game designer aka an Animator.
However, all of that shattered when I realised how much hard time and work it takes just to make a character move and design the details. Plus I hated maths.
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That’s when I got into my Kpop scene.
Watching all those skinny Korean idols, looking really pretty (eventually, I found out plastic surgeries are very popular in Korea) and having beautiful singing voices made me wonder if…
I should become a Kpop star.
It’s possible alright. Not really.
Especially if I could meet the handsome male idols in real life as a Kpop idol and be in reality tv shows. I was a big fan of Mark Tuan from GOT7 at the time
*cough* fake boyfriend *cough*.
So, I started to learn Hangeul (Korean) but I stopped halfway because I wanted to focus on my studies in school and I was lazy.
Then I tried to dance but damn that was hard as well. Singing? Well I can’t sing in Korean can I? And plus I don’t like to sing in public.
So my dream as a Korean pop idol came to a downfall. Glad I stopped that imagination because I watched many videos on the dark side of trainees. Ek!
Oh no, it wasn’t this blog right now, it was certainly a different one. I use to write in it daily but stopped because well, I got lazy (yet again).
I saw on Pinterest on how you could “make money” while blogging. I thought to myself “well that’s great! I can write anything while having income come to me”.
But then I also realised that I was not over 18 (at the time) to be able to get a master card or make a PayPal account.
You might be asking, why not ask your parents to use their banks? HA! No. That wouldn’t work as they know how ‘suspicious’ the internet can be. But I do have a passion for writing so I created a new blog and continued with it.
I stopped it because it was pointless because no one was reading my blog (I didn’t know how to get viewers back then!) And now this blog is the third blog I have created and will long to this day stick to it. You can read the full story here.
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Also during that time, I was in year 10 when I discovered…
We were looking for jobs in our pathways class in Year 8 (or was it in year 9?)
In the Jobs book, I read the definition and decided that I wanted to become a Graphic Designer.
My idea was to work at home, include anything art or design related and a computer.
So by then, I did research on this job.
I wanted to become a freelance Graphic Designer that I ended up studying for Graphic Design along with learning how to use the Adobe Photoshop, InDesign, and Illustrator.
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I started to bake a lot.
I would buy a lot of cake mix boxes and started baking sweets like brownies, vanilla cake, cookies, banana bread and much more.
I get happy whenever I start baking and the food smelt delicious when it’s in the oven.
I wanted to become a baker.
But by times go by, I stopped baking. Because I didn’t want to eat too much sweet food and I became lazy. I got so busy with online school and studying that I didn’t want to cook anymore.
I’ll just stick baking as a hobby.
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At the start of Year 11, I started online school.
So, we had to buy a camera for media and art class. My mum got me a camera for Christmas which was awesome (thanks, mum!)
…and that’s when I fell in love with Photographing.
I took pictures almost anywhere and everywhere. I even posted some on this blog before and on a website for free stock images.
It kind of lost touch when there is no point photographing if you don’t leave the house. By now, I only use the camera to take photographs of my work/projects to send to my teachers or anything that inspires me like clouds (for some reason).
So it came to me when I watched some school vlogs on YouTube (it was only because I missed going to public school and my real life friends).
I watched teacher vlogs and how much it really fascinates me what teacher life is like outside of teaching or as you can call it “BTS”. I love how their classrooms are decorated colourfully.
Primary aka Elementary Teacher.
It shows how much they’re so devoted to their teaching and how loving they can be for their classroom.
So by now, I wanted to become a primary school teacher. Why? Because I love colourful things, organising and teaching younger people so when they grow up, they can change the world.
Oh yeah, don’t worry, there’s more.
I got interested in, you guessed it, mental illnesses. I started randomly researching more and more about how the human brain works and how they interact with people. As I researched, I became really interested in wanting to help and listen to people with mental illnesses.
That’s when I wanted to become a Psychologist in an asylum.
Like you know, Harley Quinn before she went crazy when she met the Joker.
But apparently, you have to go to medical schools. So that was out of the question but I’m still studying the mental illnesses and still have an interest in Psychology.
Update: I realised that you don’t have to go to medical school for that. That’s a bachelor of Psychology at my university. I guess this is what happens when you DON’T do research in your country.
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Let’s recap. Teacher, Fashion Designer to Game Designer or animator to a Kpop Idol to a blogger to Graphic Designer Baker to Photographer to Teacher to Psychologist.
What did you want to be during your childhood?
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