We're often asked when we're little kids what we want to be when we grow up, and the response is often something like "a fire fighter!" or "a doctor!" or "a princess!" or "Superman!" (Some children understand careers better than others)
But let's face it, no 6 year old child walks into their kindergarten class and proudly proclaims to the teacher, "I wanna be an accounting and auditing services specialist when I grow up!" And yet 20-30 years later, a person is more likely to become such a thing than a fire fighter or a doctor. As kids, we only see the glamour of the profession, and we don't truly understand what goes into the job. Once we learn what the job entails, well, we quickly change our minds. That got us to thinking what life might be like if we had taken the career paths our 6 year old selves projected for us rather than becoming writers.
Bryan wanted to be a police officer when he was a little kid, so he could save "the good guys" from "the bad guys". But we all know a job as a police officer isn't beating up masked henchmen all day. Just imagine what a typical day would be like for Bryan, if he had become a police officer and the only thing he tackled all day was a box of Krispy Kremes.
This would be the most "exciting" part of his shift...
Needless to say, Bryan is very glad he didn't listen to his 6 year old self.
Brandon, on the other hand, wanted to be a scientist. And not just any kind of scientist, mind you. See, Brandon used to idolize comic book heroes, like Bruce Banner, or Dr. Manhattan, whose experiments ultimately went awry, giving them incredible superpowers. So, if Brandon had pursued that path of developing weapons-grade toxins for the government, would he have become the next Incredible Hulk?
So while neither of us can claim that our jobs are particularly exciting, we can certainly say that they're better than the "adventurous" careers we wanted as kids.
What did you want to be when you were a kid? How would that have worked out for you?
Cheers and stay classy, friends,
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