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Did you try to follow your childhood dream?

Asked at Massachusetts Street on November 8, 2005

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“My childhood dream was to be a lawyer, but it changed to journalism in high school. It won’t be too hard to pursue it later on once I get my degree.”

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“No. I wanted to be a baseball player, but the reality of it was that professional sports was too hard to get into. Other things came along, so I moved on to something else.”

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“I don’t really think I thought about it that much when I was a kid. I wanted to become an artist when I was in middle school, and that led me to study the philosophy of art.”

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“Yes I did. I wanted to be a ballet dancer, and I achieved it by dancing in the theater in Germany.”

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kansaskev61 8 years, 5 months ago

I dreamed of being a liberal college professor at KU. Instead I became a conservative corporate manager not living in Lawrence. Thank God that dream died!

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jonas 8 years, 5 months ago

killjoy: When I pull my coup and take over the world, I'll look you up.

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killjoy 8 years, 5 months ago

I always wanted to be the guy that pushed the nuke button.

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l_eustacy 8 years, 5 months ago

disappointing that i can't spell

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l_eustacy 8 years, 5 months ago

Who cares about my chilhood dreams. Let's talk about something important; KU B-ball!

I am glad that Bill Self may try a fast transition game. I'm dissappointed that we have to be part of his learning curve. I can't believe we aren't ranked. (Not that we would deserve to be) So much for recruiting. Personally, I wish Bill would just leave. As long as we are starting fresh, let's do it cleanly - sans Self.

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sunflower_sue 8 years, 5 months ago

I don't even try to look into the future anymore. Nothing ever is what I expect it to be...not that that's a bad thing!

Angelofmine, when you get your hot tub, expect it to have at least one repair per year. This is standard.

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even_money 8 years, 5 months ago

World here.

As a kid I had all these neat ideas for the year 2000. Wow, I thought, would everyone be like just out of the Jetsons or something? It seemed like such a long time off into the future and everything. I had big plans.

First I thought we might be able to eliminate starvation. And those pesky wars seemed like a good candidate for elimination. And I know this was just juvenile naivete and all, but I really felt strongly that my bounty would far exceed any wildest dream that stuff would get used up and polluted and all--I would surely be able to take care of that too.

Well, I'm afraid I'm not that optimistic anymore. If you would have suggested to me when I was a kid that I would have turned out anything like this, I would have laughed to your face. But it's kind of scary what's going on and I'm beginning to wonder what it's gonna be like in retirement.

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mossyoak64 8 years, 5 months ago

Wish I had went into Conservation. Bad decision not to follow that.

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italianprincess 8 years, 5 months ago

acg.........Congrats to you on a job well done. I hope you are your daughter the best.

I have followed my dream and became a teacher. I went to college right out of high school and have my masters in ECE. I now own my own little home daycare and enjoy being home when my little one comes home from school. Its nice to be able to set my own hours, take my 7 personal days ( always end of being sick days ) and two-one week vacations per year.

I truely couldn't see myself doing anything other then teaching children. I would be extremely board doing the same job everyday. With teaching preschool at home everyday is a different day here with each weeks lesson theme.

Have a great day everyone........I'm off work already and I'm going to take my son to the park.

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angelofmine 8 years, 5 months ago

In response, BankBoy...one of my coworkers just got a hot tub with FIFTY TWO jets. Yeah...I'll keep on working towards that one!

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bankboy119 8 years, 5 months ago

A hot tub sounds nice right about now...

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sd123 8 years, 5 months ago

At the age of 42, I'm finally on a path that will hopefully land me a nursing job by the the time I graduate nursing school this May. Yeah~~~~~~

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angelofmine 8 years, 5 months ago

I always wanted to be an artist. I took every art course I could in high school, but never went on to pursue a higher level of education. How I went from artist to waitress to insurance appraisals to legal secretary I don't understand...but its been fun. LOL I still get to apply my creativity in many areas of my life, and pay the bills, so I'm happy. More importantly, since I was a child, I've looked forward to having my own little girl to love and cherish....and I have her. : ) If only I had that hot tub in the back yard....the dream would be totally complete!

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The_Original_Bob 8 years, 5 months ago

OMB - I feel the same way! That's hilarious. I mean, who'd of thunk we'd still need trap-door buffalo fur harvesters in 2005???

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neopolss 8 years, 5 months ago

I wanted to be a city commissioner, then a roundabout. Now I've settled on porn star - they're much more pleasant to be around.

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one_more_bob 8 years, 5 months ago

If someone from the future had approached me when I was a lad and explained what it was I'd be doing for a living in 2005, I'd have probably laughed. It would have been totally inconceivable.

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ms_canada 8 years, 5 months ago

I wanted to a doctor, but my father said no way could he afford university, so I took the next best thng, nursing and I really did like that.

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avhjmlk 8 years, 5 months ago

As for the question, I think I just wanted to be important when I grew up. The actual modus operandum of that importance changed several times (doctor, teacher, lawyer, President, etc...) Actually, I could become Geena Davis' TV role in real life in just over 9 years if I get to work...danged minimum age!

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avhjmlk 8 years, 5 months ago

TOB--interesting to see that both of the men in my life wanted to be pro athletes (my husband wanted to play mlb until his high school coach skee-rewed him over)...

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sunflower_sue 8 years, 5 months ago

Good point, TOB! I was just wondering that myself. Hmmmmmm......

OldEnuf, what other goodies will the future bring?

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The_Original_Bob 8 years, 5 months ago

If you are really old enought 2 be my dad, how the hell did you have dreams of reading web posts when you were a kid? Are you some sort of prophet?

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OldEnuf2BYurDad 8 years, 5 months ago

I wanted a job where I could spend my day reading web posts posted by other slackers such as myself, all the while trying to maintain an awareness of whether or not my boss was noticing how much I was stealing company internet resources.

I am now complete and fulfilled.

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nlf78 8 years, 5 months ago

I always wanted to be a photographer for National Geographic. But here am I sitting at a desk working with numbers instead. I don't think I could handle traveling all over the jungles of the world now. But I still smile when I think about that childhood dream. Oh and a couple of July 4th's ago, we did burn a Renault. I like to think that the little car was put out of it's misery during our 4th celebration.

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blue73harley 8 years, 5 months ago

OMB - I have an annual party that involves a giant bonfire and an Asian motorcycle (or two). I think I need to get with the times and find me a French car, too...one that isn't already crisp might be hard to find, though.

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badger 8 years, 5 months ago

When I was a kid, I wanted to be a cop, a firefighter, a doctor, a lawyer, a veterinarian, lead singer for the Sex Pistols, a movie star, and the Prime Minister of England. I also wanted to marry royalty and have a polo pony. All at once, really. But more than that, I wanted to be a superhero or a supervillain. Either one, really, I kind of just wanted a cape and a secret identity.

I haven't really worked on chasing those dreams, but I'm chasing some other ones right now, ones that suit me a little better and don't involve tights.

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The_Original_Bob 8 years, 5 months ago

ACG = You can live out your childhood dreams through Brianna. That always works out well!

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sunflower_sue 8 years, 5 months ago

acg, Congratulations!!!!!!!!!! I also love the name Brianna. Hope the 2 of you are doing very well.

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bankboy119 8 years, 5 months ago

I wanted to be famous when I was younger...now I've realized that was incredibly selfish. Now I want to make a difference....though I don't think I could do it in Washington, too much beauracracy for me. We'll see how it goes because you can't really do it in banking either....

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Gootsie 8 years, 5 months ago

Congratulations acg! Sounds like you are doing well, and I love the name Brianna. Welcome back!

OMB, you still can.

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one_more_bob 8 years, 5 months ago

I wanted to torch Peugeots & Renaults....

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acg 8 years, 5 months ago

Hi all! Been a long time. Had a beautiful baby girl, named her Brianna. She's an angel. No, I didn't follow my childhood dreams. :( I wanted to do makeup and special effects in Hollywood. Instead I'm doing, well, not that.

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sunflower_sue 8 years, 5 months ago

Lemme see, I wanted to be everything! I wanted to become an artist...got my degree (e_m, did I sit next to you in any life drawing classes?) Eeeewww, or did I draw you? Anyway, that's gone nowhere financially but my kids have a great supply of never ending art goodies. I also wanted to be a Dr...now that I have kids, I am one. I'm also a chef, a chauffeur, a singer, a wife, a pooper scooper, a maid, a seamstress, a bartender, a coach, a therapist, a book keeper, a shoulder to cry on, a whipping post, an just about a billion other things.

Moral of the story: Careful what you wish for!

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even_money 8 years, 5 months ago

LOL! You'd be right at home back here in Lawrence.

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staff04 8 years, 5 months ago

I did. When I was 12 years old, I visited Washington, D.C. for the first time, and when I got home I told my father that I was going to go back there some day and make a difference. Well, I don't know that I've made a difference yet, but I'm here now, working on it.

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raven 8 years, 5 months ago

My childhood dream was to be a wife and a mother and be close with friends and family. So far I am not married and have no kids. I never had any specific career aspirations when I was young, I just wanted to have a job that made enough money so I could make ends meet and a little extra. So far so good there. But, overall I would say no.

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one_more_bob 8 years, 5 months ago

When I was in my 40's, I finally realized I was too old to become a child prodigy. :(

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Topside 8 years, 5 months ago

Hef stopped returning my calls.

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The_Original_Bob 8 years, 5 months ago

A waterboy who has his own cheerleader? Wow. That is my new childhood dream! Thanks! We can have 3 generations of Gootsie's cheering me on.

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beatrice 8 years, 5 months ago

No. Too bad, because a girl Evel Knievel would have been cool!

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Gootsie 8 years, 5 months ago

TOB - not much call for NFL players from Greensburg! Maybe you could still be a high quality H2O engineer! I'll be your cheerleader, if you want! ;)

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Gootsie 8 years, 5 months ago

Harley - Ranger Gord? He's such a stud! Did you see the episode last Saturday where Harold took his place! Pretty cute!

I wanted to be a mommy and I am. Now I want to be a grandmommy!

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The_Original_Bob 8 years, 5 months ago

This is going to be fun today.

My childhood dreams involved the NFL. I tried, oh I tried. But they ended once my Senior season of high school football ended. So the lesson as always, never dream because when you fail your life will become a vast waste of time until the bird flu kills you.

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trinity 8 years, 5 months ago

nice, neo. real nice. (lol)

well, being a civil servant sure wasn't my dream, but somewhere along the line the demand for mediocre torch singers waned. sigh. i wanted to be a triple threat-star singer, red carpet celeb movie starlet, and tv personality; not to mention drop dead beautiful. i'd have started in my teens-but they didn't make evening gowns in teenchubby sizes. :(

in reality i've bloomed wherever i've been planted, and this life's been one hell of a ride! :)

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neopolss 8 years, 5 months ago

I wanted to be a pimp, which I achieved, and now I make mad cash wit' my hoes. This was just a small part in my larger dream to be a mobster, which I also achieved. So now I get to spend my days talking in cheesy Italian accents and slapping hoes around.

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jonas 8 years, 5 months ago

My childhood dream was to be annoying.

Did I make it? Did I make it? Did I make it? Did I make it? Did I make it? Did I make it? Did I make it? Did I make it? Did I make it? Did I make it? Did I make it? Did I make it? Did I make it? DidImakeitdidimakeitdidimakeitdidimakeitdidimakeitarewethereyetarewethereyetarewethereyetarewethereyetarewethereyet.

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blue73harley 8 years, 5 months ago

Well, I wanted to be a forest ranger...that is what all those job apptitude tests taken in High School said that I was suited for. The results said that I needed to work as an individual, avoid groups. This must be true because now as I sit in this cubicle typing this, I am avoiding supervising my thirty direct reports! Yes, I ended up far away from my dreams and have been a front line supervisor at a manufacturing plant for many years. Anyway, that ranger dude on Red Green seems kind of pathetic so maybe it was for the best.

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Jayhawk226 8 years, 5 months ago

I always wanted to be the next Peter Jennings. I ended up in education instead.

My new dream of becoming Mayor of Chicago is still possible...just need Mayor Daley and his cronies to leave office, which doesn't look like it's going to happen any time soon.

(I guess it gives me time to build a campaign chest, eh)

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even_money 8 years, 5 months ago

I always enjoyed sketching, especially the life drawing classes in college :)

But, alas, I was not in the right place at the right time to become Hugh Heffner.

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audvisartist 8 years, 5 months ago

My childhood dream was to get my music on MTV, and I did that on 04-14-2004 when I was able to get a couple of my tunes on MTV's Made. It's pretty far out to know that hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of people are listening to your music! Now that I've gotten that out of the way, I'm fulfilling a dream I didn't even know I had... making sure babies and children, no matter what the income level, get the dental care they need so that they can lead wonderful, healthy lives and hopefully, one day, make their childhood dreams come true too! If any one has a used van, in decent condition, that they'd like to donate towards this cause, please contact me at abcd@dcdclinic.org. Your contribution will be EXTREMELY helpful in getting kids without transportation to and from their dental appointments, and it would also be a nice tax deduction since tax time is quickly approaching! Thanks for any help! :)

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enochville 8 years, 5 months ago

As far as careers go, I wanted to be an astronaut for a while then a family practioner, then a forest ranger, then an architect, then a professor of physics, now I'm studying to be a professor of psychology. But, my other childhood dream was to be a husband and father. I am now a husband and my wife is expecting, so I am living that dream.

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Jclarkson 8 years, 5 months ago

I dont remember having much of a childhood dream. If so, it would've been to play in the National Hockey League. Moving to Kansas put a major kink in that plans.....having not played ice hockey ruined it too.

So no, sadly.

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lunacydetector 8 years, 5 months ago

that's what i wanted to be....the first post today and i wanted to be an astronaut because my teachers told me that I was just taking up space.

actually i really wanted to be an astronaut. now, it's not even possible. i've got twenty years of corn dogs, peanuts, and those soft pretzels with the big chunks of salt in my gut. but at fourteen--

some say i have a fear of heights even today because i won't even hang Christmas lights on the gutter. it's not the height. it's because the ladder's wobbly.

......and zero gravity isn't?

it's not about being an astronaut. it's about finding something you really want in life.

:)

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b_asinbeer 8 years, 5 months ago

I tried, but selling mass transit tickets around the corner doesn't bring much money home at the end of the day. I also wanted to drive buses around the city, but that doesn't pay the bills too well either. In the end, money won out.

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thunderbuns 8 years, 5 months ago

There is no greater joy than soaring high on the wings of your dreams, except maybe the joy of watching a dreamer who has nowhere to land but in the ocean of reality.

"Would you like fries with that?"

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xraypooh 8 years, 5 months ago

first.....and nope....i wanted to be an astronaut.....

and well.....

That didn't happen......

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