Tuesday, January 19, 2016

What Do You Want To Be When You Grow Up?

Do you remember as a child if you were asked what you wanted to be when you grew up?  Did you want to be a doctor, fireman, teacher or maybe a veterinarian? 

Did you follow through with those young hearted dreams?

I was asked this superfluous question "what do you want to be when you grow up" when I was around 6 or 7 years old. My response at the time....a Go-Go Dancer!

It was pretty apparent that the elderly woman that asked this question was expecting a career choice a little more conservative, traditional or conventional than the exotic one I beamed about.  

After her initial shock from my response, my mom was probably tongue-tied with embarrassment or, who knows, maybe she was proud of that answer. After all, it was at the cusp of the 70’s – with women’s lib, free spirit and independence.  You know...during Bra Burning times.

Honestly, I think I got the Go-Go dancer notion from the show "Laugh In."  My folks watched this show and I remember Goldie Hawn dancing brazenly in her teeny-weeny itsy-bitsy bikini during the show's party comedy bits. 

Also, I liked the boots the ladies wore from that era. Go-Go boots from the 60's and early 70's were all the rage. In fact, even now, my Karaoke “go to” song is These Boots Are Made For Walkin” by Nancy Sinatra.

It’s no wonder I’m still confused with what I want to be when I grow up.

Maybe you haven’t followed through with your earlier career predictions and you're still struggling with this question.  If so, then you may find this video clip from "Ted Talks" series very interesting. 

Not everyone has a perfect path or plan for what they want to do in life. 

Some fall in the "Multipotentialite" category (having multi potential).  Not perfectly slotted for anything in particular, but a Jack of All Trades, so to speak.  These are people who have a range of interests over a lifetime.

I can relate to this and found it frustrating not knowing where I belong. 

Our culture wants us to choose, find our destiny and then devote to it. 

Not everyone is wired that way.  If you often feel alone, without a purpose or that something is wrong with you, it could be that you just have many interests and creative pursuits and it’s too hard to narrow it down.

There are strengths to being a Multipotentialite.

  1. Idea Synthesis – able to combine two or more fields or interests and actually create something new.
  2. Rapid Learning – highly observant, less afraid to try new things and rarely start from scratch.  You already have experiences and skills in many different areas.
  3. Adaptability – can easily morph into different roles

Embrace your inner wiring – whatever that may be. Now that I'm in my fifties, I’m much closer to figuring “me” out than ever before.

It's probably no big surprise, but I never succeeded as a Go-Go Dancer! Maybe, I'm not grown up enough, YET! 

There's still time. Have you ever seen an aging Go-Go Dancer?  Watch out, It could happen!  Are you ready boots? Start walkin'.

Put your smile on and unwrap
   A Square of Chocolate,
Laurie O

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  1. Answer to your question: YES! I got to know a little old lady in her 90s who used to walk past my cottage every day with her equally-ancient Maltese poodle on a leash. Despite her age, she had all her wits about her, and struck me as quite a character. One day I interviewed her for our local newspaper and when I asked her what she had done as a career, she cackled and said, "No one ever believe this. But I was a go-go dancer, and a good one at that." She died a year or two later, and I often wonder if she's allowed to do go-go dancing in Heaven.

    1. This is great. I bet she had some fun stories to tell and I'm sure Heaven appreciates a good go-go dancer! Thanks for sharing :)

  2. I decided when I was young to never grow up. 60 years later, I'm still living that dream!

  3. I can so relate to those young aspirations!! I wanted to be a go-go dancer because I wanted those darn go-go boots!!

    1. Lol - yep, who can resist a good pair of go-go boots!

  4. I wanted to be a spy. Then I wanted to be a doctor. Then I wanted to be a dancer. Then an actress. Then a writer. Then an anthropologist. So, yes, I too am one of those multipotentialite... it's just that I get bored kinda fast. haha. good post.

    1. Discovery is the spice of life! Keep discovering and thanks for commenting Karen.

  5. As a young child, I don't recall wanting to be anything when I grew up - I was too busy having adventures with Hadji from Johnny Quest and my imaginary horse. But as a teen I KNEW I would be a writer for Saturday Night LIve and Rolling Stone magazine then I would help Terry Gilliam create his awesome graphics for Monty Python. As it happened, I gave that all up for a BOY. That particular 'boy' is long gone. The one I have now has become my adventure companion and I am writing for ME. So I guess, in a round about way, my dreams did come true!

    1. Funny, Laura, my hubby and I were just remarking the other day about our memories of Johnny Quest. Being on SNL is on my bucket list, believe it or not. Continuing to be adventurous IS living the dream. Good for you!

  6. Oh boy, can I relate! It was particularly difficult being a multipotentialite when learning about blogging. I was told that you have to pick a niche. Narrow it down. Focus on ONE THING. Do you know how difficult that is when you get bored easily? I don't feel so alone anymore. Thanks so much for sharing this.

  7. Well Rev, after visiting your blog, I think you picked a great niche. Sharing info on the obsession of MANY hobbies. Great idea - I subscribed!

  8. I still have no idea of what my "calling in life" is - in a way I think that's a good thing because it allows me to embrace so many different things and it makes me more interesting (I hope) I can't understand how someone finds their career at 17 and stays in it until they retire - it's just weird to me. Mind you Go-Go dancing has it's appeal!

    1. Leanne, it seems you have been embracing many changes in your life. Self-discovery is an ongoing thing. Thanks for sharing your thoughts.


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