Make it Happen Monday: When I Grow Up


I look at those kids who at the age of four know exactly what they want to be when they grow up.  I never was one of those kids.  At least I can’t remember knowing, or ever being told about my childhood pledge of future occupation.  One thing I do remember saying (or at least I think I said it) was that I never wanted to grow up.  Well I’ve accomplished that one…just imagine what I could have done if I had chosen a more lofty pursuit.

There’s definitely been one consistency along the way, and it is my total lack of consistently staying on track in one job or profession.  They say it’s normal these days for people to jump around between different careers, but I really do think I’ve stretched the limits a little more than the norm.

But you see, it ain’t all my fault.  I was born a pirate…and a gypsy….and some guy with a surferesque attitude on life.  Or did I somehow acquire this personality along the way?

An interesting question was posed to me yesterday…why are you so anti-business? I’ve been thinking about it and still haven’t come up with the answer, but there is no mistaking that something in my past has fueled this aversion.

Maybe I wasn’t able to prelude the future and tell the world what I wanted to be when I grew up because my ideal job was non-existent.  I think Jimmy Buffett knows what I’m talking about as he has stated “My occupational hazard being my occupations just not around”.

I’m a self proclaimed Beach Bum and still trying hard to make it a legitimate career.  I may not have known it then, but I know it now.  What I want to be…actually…Who I want to be when I grow up is Jimmy Buffett.  Better known as a professional beach bum.  Who do you want to be?


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22 Responses to “ Make it Happen Monday: When I Grow Up ”

  1. Abbyteri on September 4, 2011 at 12:47 pm

     job is a fashion deisner

  2. Darryl on May 24, 2011 at 1:30 pm

    That’s crazy.  I agree with you, comments, and link to the video.  I wish I still had the link to a fantastic video that I once watched about this exact thing.  If I’m able to find it, I’ll send it your way….I think you’ll like it.

  3. Clive Chapman on May 24, 2011 at 7:15 am

    I still haven’t got a clue want to be. I know what I love, but would I want them as jobs? I don’t know. What I do know is that our education system is still trying desparately to pigeon hole kids and in most cases not allowing them to reach their full potential. I learned and achieved most after school not in it.

    A true story from my 14 year old daughter’s school. Just before Christmas we had to attend an evening on their “options” which here in the UK is deciding what subjects they want to go on to study to get the necessary quals for university and their careers. The head teacher stood up in front of the whole year and the kid’s parents and actually said “what you as pupils decide now will decide your future.” They 13 and 14 year olds. The look of apprehension and no little fear on their faces was terrible.

    Education as it could be:

    • Darryl is Loving the Bike on May 24, 2011 at 1:33 pm

      That’s crazy.  I agree with you, comments, and link to the video.  I wish I still had the link to a fantastic video that I once watched about this exact thing.  If I’m able to find it, I’ll send it your way….I think you’ll like it.

  4. Anonymous on May 23, 2011 at 9:51 pm

    My 4 year old asked me recently with a perfectly genuine face “Daddy, what do you want to be when you grow up?”. I held back my laugh and then tried to come up with something. He then told me if I didn’t know I could borrow one of his. “Daddy you can be Ironman when you grow up”. He recently told me he is going to be Ironman when he grows up. I instantly thought that I better find new aspirations.

    Really though, I am one of those other guys. I wanted a computer when I was young and kept asking for one. Eventually I got a Comodore Vic-20 and started coding. From there I knew I would be a programmer. I ended up being a Network Analyst but still do a little side coding. I guess some are built for one career plan and others have many. But maybe I am still too young to pigeon hole myself. Will see…

    • Darryl on May 23, 2011 at 10:22 pm

       I think you should be an Ironman when you grow up as well.  I already consider you an incredibly gifted athlete, so it’s really not much of a stretch for you.  Go Pro, man….and do the computer stuff for fun.

  5. Tim Starry on May 23, 2011 at 6:18 pm

     A simple plan we’d be different from the restAnd never resign to a typical life
    — Broken Bells, Vaporize

    • Darryl on May 23, 2011 at 10:22 pm

      You must have some Jimmy Buffett in you as well, right Tim?

      • Tim Starry on May 24, 2011 at 2:57 am

        It’s a semi-true story, believe it or not

  6. Kelly on May 23, 2011 at 4:28 pm

    My 3 1/2 year old tells me she wants to be a princess when she grows up. And if she doesn’t happen to marry a prince, she says she’d like to be a dragon.

    I like her attitude. :)

    • Darryl on May 23, 2011 at 10:22 pm

      I wouldn’t mind being a dragon as well.

  7. Myrna CG Mibus on May 23, 2011 at 4:07 pm

    We live in a society that values specialization but not everyone was meant to specialize in one thing.  Totally okay. I’m the same way :) There’s a book someone suggested I read, Refuse to Choose!: A Revolutionary Program for Doing Everything that You Love by Barbara Sher. You might like it. Refers to people like us as “scanners”, people who want to experience a lot of things. I will admit, I didn’t finish reading the book (because I’m a scanner – haha) but my husband did and understands me a whole lot better now.

    • Darryl on May 23, 2011 at 10:24 pm

      I’ll take a look for the book…thanks for suggesting it.  Yeah, I’m totally a scanner as well….did you scan today’s post or go full out and read the whole thing?   Hahahahaha

      • Myrna CG Mibus on June 1, 2011 at 2:11 am

        I actually read the whole post :)

        I’m wondering though – what is it about bicycling that has you sticking to it so long? You don’t seem to be a “scanner” when it comes to bikes.

        • Darryl is Loving the Bike on June 1, 2011 at 3:42 am

          Good question, Myrna.  I’m not sure.  It seems like there have been a few things in my life that I dive into very deeply and one of them happens to be cycling.  I’ve never really sat back and analyzed it all that much.

  8. PedalmanTO on May 23, 2011 at 2:41 pm

     I love this post my friend. I don’t think you’re ‘anti-business’ though. You don’t like the lifestyle that a corporate or business setting has in regards to work/life balance in this day and age. Depending on the business you are quite good and relaxed doing it.
     When I was young I wanted to do lots of things. The overwhelming theme was always helping and teaching others. I try to do that everyday, be it in my work or social life. There is no better reward than putting a smile on someone’s face.

    • Darryl on May 23, 2011 at 10:25 pm

      Yes, you were definitely made to teach, inspire, and put a smile on everyone’s face.  The world needs more people like you, my friend.

  9. Krissy Nelson on May 23, 2011 at 1:42 pm

    I just want to be me, and do my best every day.  I’m fortunate to be in a profession I love, but I try not to take it so serious that I don’t enjoy coming to work.  Those are the people I truly feel sorry for – the ones that hate their jobs and dread going to them.  Being the Director of a library is great for me because I get to see kids come in and look for books and get to help others with questions they have.  I try to always remember that I am here to serve others, and with that perspective comes great rewards.

    To answer your question of what I wanted to be when I was little – two things: a garbage collector (yes, I’m very serious) and a person at Disney World who dresses as Goofy!  haha….didn’t quite do either of those, but you never know…… 

    • Darryl on May 23, 2011 at 10:26 pm

      You get to see kids come in every day, read a book, and get a new awareness for who they will be or where they want to go.  Very Cool.  You’ve definitely got the right attitude on life….love it.

  10. Pamela on May 23, 2011 at 12:59 pm

    I want to be Sue Grafton.  Or Janet Evanovich.  :) 

    • Krissy Nelson on May 23, 2011 at 1:43 pm

      Love those answers Pam! 

    • Darryl on May 23, 2011 at 10:26 pm

      I better go Google them up….I’m not even sure who those two people are.  Off to go check right now.

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