View Full Version : When I grow up...
05-29-2007, 01:28 AM
In my more lucid moments, when I am not obsessing over the details of the next Batman film or geeking about the big summer event from Marvel, I actually have to stop and consider what I want to do with the rest of my life.
I haven't really been to open about much, except my kids. So I'll say that I am 31 and I am a manager at Jack in the Box. Certainly not what I had in mind for my future. I am still trying to figure out what I should be doing. I would love to be a writer, but then, who here wouldn't?
I'm sure this has come up before but since I don't feel like looking through two thousand threads, I want to ask,: what do you do now and what did you want to do when you were growing up (or still want to do)?
05-29-2007, 05:55 AM
I guess for what it's worth, I'll relate the conversation I just had with my 20 yr old nephew this weekend.
He's been working at a carwash/gas station for the past year. They actually promoted him to assistant manager. But now since he's of the "drying line" he doesn't get tips anymore, so he's back to his basic $7.25 per hour.
His mom (my sister in law) and I have both been working at the same bank for the past 10 years. We both started at an entry level spot in a telephone center, making about 25K to start. She's now been a loan underwriter for about 6 years, making about $40K and I've worked my way through management into sales. So once again I asked him, if he's considered applying at the bank.
His answer is he couldn't bring himself to cut his hair and wear a tie. I know somewhere inside he harbors some feeling that I sold out my headbanger roots and went "Corporate Dork."
What I can't get him to understand is that yes, I did sell out. And the payday was huge because of it.
One of the things I love most about my job is it's like an acting gig. I dress up, reherse my lines and perform for the customer and I don't make $7.25 per hour. Wat I ultimately asked him was, What's more important? Your image or your paycheck? Is wearing black clothing and swashing your hair around in front of your friends going to buy you a nice house? A car that isn't 60% rust? Not that he wanted to listen to me, but I say sell out.
05-29-2007, 11:08 AM
Well, I can certainly see the merits, especially since i have kids and should be thinking more of their future than my own, but the money has never seemed all that important (I make $30k after almost a year there). Fro me, though, its more about feeling good about myself. I know this is a cop out of sorts, but I feel that if I am going to teach my kids to reach for their own goals, then I should never stop striving for mine. Then, I am considered to be extremely naive for my age.
05-29-2007, 11:36 AM
Yes, but what are your goals? There's nothing wrong with being a manager at a fast food restaurant -- heck, a kid I went to HS with (and who got a perfect score on his SATs) started working at McD's in HS and continued to become a manager and stayed with it until he was able to retire from there and scored a pension and stock options. I don't know what he's up to now, but that worked out well for him.
Still, that being said, I'm hoping that you want more out of life than free fast food.
05-29-2007, 11:39 AM
Like I was saying, since I was a kid I wanted to be a writer (more specifically, comic books). While I am working on that, I can't count on that panning out and being successful, so I need to think of something else that will pay the bills.
Argh! That wasn't the point of the thread, though! The point is what are YOU doing and did YOU want to do?
(I always change the subject when I get uncomfortable talking about something :D )
05-29-2007, 12:30 PM
I always wanted to be a storm chaser. I love thunderstorms and tornados.
Or a grounds keeper at a golf course.
A job that is outdoors.
05-29-2007, 01:25 PM
What am I doing: doing software/website tech support.
What did I want to be: James Bond
And no, that's not a joke. Seriously, as a kid, I really did want to be him.
He seemed to be able to do just about anything with no sweat.
He had all these cool gadgets and could speak languages fluently.
He rarely ever made mistakes and remained cool and suave through all
adventures and moments of crisis.
That, and the prolific hookups didn't hurt either. :D
05-29-2007, 02:45 PM
I wanted to fuck Claudia Schiffer.
05-29-2007, 03:52 PM
You still could if you wanted to, though i do not know how you feel about cobwebs!:eek:
Anyways, what did i want to be when i was a kid? A movie director/writer. Ever since i was 6 i have always wanted to be in the buisness. I could still do that, but i am torn between that and being a chef of some sort. I wanted to be a firefighter, but i went to go check one out and they told me that since i have a 17inch rod in my right femur bone, the chances were slim and none.
My goal though, is to get a career and start a family before my girlfriend gets tired of me and i must impregnate (wonderfull word by the way!) another.
05-29-2007, 03:58 PM
Go me for being in the position where I DON'T look back and have regrets...
I can look forward then look back (into the future) and have regrets. I'm going into theatre. That's like plastering a giant bumper sticker on my old rusted car, "I'm poor"
I wanted to go to MIT to be a scientist, live in my own condo and be single indefinitely.
You can all see how that worked out.
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