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Old 08-14-2017, 11:31 AM
 
Location: Venus
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When my life did a 180 when I was in my 20s, I told everyone that I wanted to be rich and I wanted to be my own boss.

In a way, I actually got that. Rich is relative. Even though our income is pretty modest, I am living VERY comfortable because our cost of living is low, and I pretty much don't answer to anyone-but I do have a partner (Hubby).



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Old 08-14-2017, 12:30 PM
 
Location: equator
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Pony Express.


Then a writer. But may as well wish to be an actor....just as likely!
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Old 08-14-2017, 01:10 PM
 
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... Always wanted to be an airplane pilot, but Dad wanted an engineer in the Family. I turned-out to be neither.
Got involved in early "electronic data processing", followed by years as a computer programmer, and up-and-down through the ranks until becoming one of those who teaches instead of doing.
Now that I'm fully-retired, I still dream of being a pilot. Yeah, maybe some day! ...
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Old 08-14-2017, 01:32 PM
 
Location: Southern California
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As a youngster my thoughts went to being a wife, mom and keep a nice house. Then life took it's course and I did a lot of things I NEVER dreamed I'd do. Perhaps some of us older gals thought this way back then. Long time ago.
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Old 08-14-2017, 02:25 PM
 
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I always wanted to be a farmer or a forest ranger. Females were supposed to be a housewife, or a nurse, or a teacher. UGH! I did marry a great guy who loves the outdoors as much as I do. Also became a guide for nature trips and a guide at a 130 year old farm. Really enjoyed all. Farming would have been hard but I enjoy hard work. Grew up in a small house with no farming experience.
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Old 08-14-2017, 02:27 PM
 
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Pilot or mechanic.....the cost of schools and certifications for both slowed that right down
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Old 08-15-2017, 10:14 AM
 
Location: the Old Dominion
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Default ...not so fast, Cowboy!...

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I wanted to be a Dallas Cowboys Cheerleader.
Eddie LeBaron did spend part of his career with the Cowboys. You do know, per team policy, we would not be allowed to date.
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Old 08-15-2017, 08:00 PM
 
Location: Location: Happy Place
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I was told from birth all I'd ever be was a wife and a mother. Pretty ironic that in December I'm retiring with 31.5 years of federal service and a fairly noted career.

Probably motivated me!
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Old 08-16-2017, 10:35 PM
 
Location: Metro Seattle Area - Born and Raised
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As a pre-teen, I wanted to be a B-52 Bomber Pilot... Didn't happen, but I became a Tank Commander as a young 20 y/o Sergeant/E-5 in the Army... The closest I ever got to a B-52 bomber was jumping out of the Air Force's Cargo/Troop Transport aircraft as a paratrooper.

Ended up retiring from the Army Reserve with over 13 years on Active Duty and another 13 years in the Reserve.

My "Real" job that pays my bills in retirement was a successful 21 year career in law enforcement.

No regrets in the direction my life took me, but sometimes I do wondered if "I" could have cut it as a B-52 pilot when I was a lot younger.

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Old 08-24-2017, 08:00 PM
 
Location: Maryland Heights, MO
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Wanted to be a pilot, specifically a fighter pilot. Found out I needed glasses in 5th grade, held onto the dream, but eventually let that go. Ended up as a pilot, just not in the military. Worked in the commercial airlines, aircraft charter, and corporate flight departments.

Other jobs that interested me, automotive design (minored in it briefly in college) and architecture. Think I could have done well in either of those fields too, likely easier success in architecture.
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