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People Admit What They Thought They'd Be Doing Today When They Were Kids

"What do you want to be when you grow up?"

It seems like you're asked that question all the time as a kid. So most of us had an answer in mind, but how many of us stuck with that answer once we grew up? Turns out, not many.

A Reddit user asked "What did 8 year old you think you would be today, and what are you doing?"

Here are the answers.

Kitty

small child me: backup dancing crime scene investigator

Me me: I have my own cat now and that's all I can really say for myself

Disney Channel

8 year old me thought I'd be living a Cheetah Girls, Degrassi, and general late 90s to early 2000s teen movie inspired fantasy life where I'd wear head to toe denim and and crop tops and platform sneakers all the time, and I'd go to the mall with my friends and text boys on my pink razor. It's like I forgot that technology and culture would change in the time it would take me to grow into a teen.

Parental (non)Support

When I was eight I told my mom I wanted to be a nurse and she told me that I wasn't suited to nursing, and would likely be a horrible nurse. Now, I just applied to a nursing school, and my mom told me she wouldn't cosign any loans, making it near impossible to go to school. We will see what happens.

Jurassic Park

I was dead set on becoming a paleontologist, I was obsessed with dinosaurs when I was a kid. Had tons of books about them, knew everything about them, wrote stories about dinosaurs and it was all I ever drew.

Now I'm a librarian. Not really the same but I still like dinosaurs. It's on a more manageable level now though.

Spidey Sense

8yr me: I'm gonna be Spider-Man

31yr old IT guy me: I wish I was Spider-Man

Still Working On It

Eight year old me thought I would figure it out as I went. I didn't.

Domestic Bliss

Figured I'd be married with kids.

Single, no kids still raising heck.

Innovation

Being an "inventor" you know a scientist inventing cool things. Now I study Computer Science, so I am kinda working on it.

Life Aguatic

I should be swimming with dolphins and feeding penguins. But instead I'm raising 2 kids and selling houses. Not complaining too much. It's not a bad gig.

The Classroom Life

I thought I would be a teacher.

I'd be the absolute worst teacher now... but I make for a good software programmer. That's what I do now.

Gotta Catch 'Em All

8 year old me was convinced Pokemon would be real by the time I got older so I was planning on being a Pokemon trainer.

Now I'm working on a doctorate and procrastinating all my assignments by playing Pokemon all day, so I guess you could say I got close.

Surprised

Honestly 8 year old me never expected to make it this far. For some reason I had it in my head that I would be gone from this world by 25.

Spot On

I thought I would be a lawyer. I am now a lawyer.

Baller

NBA Player...

...and I'm sitting at a desk on Reddit

Dog Days

Thought I'd be a famous actress. I'm a dog walker and trainer with my own business. As much as I still dream about being an actress and doing performances locally I am pretty happy and proud of myself where I am today. I think 8 year old me would think what I do now is very cool.

Legends of the Hidden Temple

I'm pretty sure that at 8 years old, my dreams of the future didn't extend beyond fighting the temple guards and being praised by Olmec.

Shhh...

Working as a secret agent.

I can't tell you what I do.

Deskploration

8-Year old me was going to be an astronaut. I was going to fly the space shuttle, walk on mars, and do all kinds of space stuff. I was going to explore the unknown and take risks for my country and my fellow man. I was going to go higher, and go faster than anyone before me.

I sit behind a desk all day.

Yet

Sadly I am not the WWF World Heavyweight Champion.

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Life is hard. It's a miracle to make it through with some semblance of sanity. We are all plagued by grief and trauma. More and more people of all backgrounds are opening up about personal trauma and its origins. Finally! For far too long we've been too silent on this topic. And with so many people unable to afford mental health care, the outcomes can be damaging.

All of our childhoods have ups and downs and memories that can play out like nightmares. We carry that, or it follows us and the first step in recovery is talking about it. So who feels strong enough to speak?

Redditor u/nthn_thms wanted to see who was willing to share about things they'd probably rather forget, by asking:

What's the most traumatizing thing you experienced as a child?
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Being single can be fun. In fact, in this time of COVID, being single can save lives. But the heart is a fickle creature.

And being alone can really suck in times of turmoil. None of us are perfect and it feels like that's all anyone is looking for... perfect.

Now that doesn't mean that all of us are making it difficult to partner up. Sure, some people are too picky and mean-spirited, but some of the rest of us are crazy and too much to handle. So one has to be sure.

The truth is, being single is confusing, no matter how much we try to match. So let's try to understand...

Redditor u/Mcxyn wanted to discuss some truths about love and our own issues, by asking:

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Whether you're an at home parent, a college student just leaving the nest, or a Food Network junkie, there are a few basic tips that everyone should know.

Chef's gave us some of their top tips for amateurs and beginner at home cooks that will really make a difference. They are trained professionals with years of experience in the kitchen, so they definitely know what we're all missing.

If you're looking to improve some of your cooking skills and techniques, but you're still learning how to boil water correctly, this list is for you.

Redditor BigBadWolf44 wanted in on the secrets and asked:

"Chefs of Reddit, what's one rule of cooking amateurs need to know?"

Let's learn from the masters!


What a common mistake!

"A lot of the time when people add salt to a dish because they think it tastes flat, what it really needs is an acid like lemon juice or vinegar."

- Vexvertigo

"Instructions unclear I drugged my dinner party guests and now they're high on acid."

- itsyoboi_human

"Yes! Or tomatoes. They're pretty acidic too and go with so many things. Our dinners are so much better once the garden tomatoes are ripe. Or if a dish is too acidic, oil/butter or a little sugar can help add balance to it."

- darkhorse85

"Like tomato and eggs. Every Chinese mom makes those slightly differently and I haven't had a tomato egg dish I didn't like yet."

- random314

"There's a book called 'Salt Fat Acid Heat' that comes highly recommended to amateur cooks."

- Osolemia

"Reading even just the first chapter about salt made a lot of food I cooked immediately better, because I finally understood salt wasn't just that thing that sat on the dinner table that you applied after the meal was cooked."

- VaultBoy42

"Salt is important for sweets. A batch of cookies without that little hint of salt doesn't taste quite right."

- Osolemia

Unfortunately, this tip might not be accessible to everyone. Many people who contracted COVID can no longer use their sense of smell the way they used to.

"Have a friend that lost his smell from COVID, and now he only recognizes if food is salty, sweet, sour or bitter."

- AlphaLaufert99

"Just wait until he gets his sense of smell back and a ton of foods smell like ammonia or literal garbage now. Yeah, that's fun... It's been 7 months for f*cks sake just let me enjoy peanut butter again!!!!!!!!!"

- MirzaAbdullahKhan

You can't take back what you've already put in.

"You can always add, but you cannot take away."

- El_Duende666

"I find people's problems usually are they're too scared to add rather than they add too much."

- FreeReflection25

"I see you also grew up white in the mid-west."

- Snatch_Pastry

Safety first!

"Not really a cooking tip, but a law of the kitchen: A falling knife has no handle."

- wooddog

"I'm always so proud of my reflexes for not kicking in when I fumble a knife."

"If I drop anything else, my stupid hands are all over themselves trying to catch it (and often failing). But with a knife the hardwired automatic reaction is jump back immediately. Fingers out of the way, feet out of the way, everything out of the way. Good lookin out, cerebellum!"

- sonyka

"Speaking of KICKING in. On first full time cooking job I had a knife spin and fall off the counter. My (stupid) reflex was to put my foot under it like a damn hacky sack to keep it from hitting the ground. Went through the shoe, somehow between my toes, into the sole somehow without cutting me. Lessons learned: (1) let it fall; (2) never set a knife down close to the edge or with the handle sticking out; (3) hacky sack is not nearly as cool as it could be."

- AdjNounNumbers

"Similarly, NEVER put out a grease or oil fire with water. Smother with a lid or dump baking soda in there (do not use flour, as it can combust in the air making things worse)."

- Metallic_Substance

How else will you know it tastes good?

"Taste the food."

- OAKRAIDER64

"Also don't be afraid to poke and prod at it. I feel like people think the process is sacred and you can't shape/flip/feel/touch things while you cook them. The more you are hands on, the more control you have."

"No, this does not include situations where you are trying to sear something. Ever try flipping a chicken thigh early? That's how you rip a chunk out of it and leave it glued to the pan until it's burnt."

- Kryzm

Here's one just for laughs.

"When you grab a pair of tongs, click them a few times to make sure they are tongs."

- Kolshdaddy

"People really overlook this one. You've gotta tong the tongs a minimum of 3 times to make sure they tong, or else it can ruin the whole dish."

- BigTimeBobbyB

If you're looking to get into cooking or to improve you technique, pay attention to these few tips.

Salt generously, add an acid to brighten things up, and don't forget to taste your food!

If all else fails, you can always order take out.

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As part of the learning process, children often do embarrassing things before they learn a little more about the world and all the different implications therein. While the inappropriate moment is usually minor and ends in laugher some instances are truly mortifying.

One such instance involved a little sister who was around 6 at the time. It was the 90s and at the height of the youth-focused PSAs (think the frying egg representing your brain). One type was a safety PSA about stranger danger. The speaker would remind the children that if a stranger tried to take you anywhere to yell “Stop, you're not my mommy/daddy" to raise the alarm.

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