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

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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