Let’s have a look at the timeline of things I wanted to be when I grew up.
Age 6: Egyptologist/archaeologist
Age 7: flight attendant
Age 9: scientist or spy
Age 10: Astronaut
Age 11: book editor/publisher or librarian
Age 12: historian
Age 13: spy, barrister, book editor/publisher
Age 14: psychologist
Age 15: English teacher
Age 16: psychologist, academic, historian
Age 17: a mum
Age 18: psychologist or flight attendant
Age 19: teacher and psychologist. Started a double degree of primary education and psychology
Age 20: Forensic psychologist and FBI agent (I even tried to apply, but you have to be an American citizen. Dang.)
Age 21: Forensic psychologist
Age 22: Forensic psychologist, historian, academic, book editor/publisher
Age 23: book editor/publisher
Age 24: book editor/publisher
Age 25: English and history teacher. Started a certificate in Education support and became a teacher aide and After School Care facilitator
Age 25: English and history teacher
Age 26: English and history teacher. Began a bachelor of Creative Writing (my uni didn’t offer English Literature at that time) and history
Age 27: Journalist. Switched my degree to journalism, politics and international relations.
Age 28: Journalist
Age 29: Journalist
Age 30: Online journalist. Finished my degree and my first year as journalist and newspaper editor. Had a baby. Started working at the University lecturing in Online Journalism and media law. Started a blog.
Age 31: Online writer and academic. Had another baby.
Age 32: Online writer and academic.
Age 33: Who knows? Currently I am an online writer, blogger, and academic. I still sort of want to be a spy, a scientist, get a PhD, and work for the FBI. While editing other people’s manuscripts and travelling around the world. That can happen, right?!