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I Don't Know What I Want to Be When I Grow Up

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    I told my dad that I don't want to go

    for a career just because it pays well. But all he heard is hippy this hippy that. It seems that I'm suppose to be acquiring money for children that don'texist yet.
    deleted deleted 26-30 2 Responses Feb 13

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    I Really Wish I Knew What I Wanted To Do....

    Hi everyone. I graduated college in May with a dual degree in Business. I've worked a few different jobs and internships throughout my time in college and couldn't seem to find something I really enjoyed doing. Towards the end of college I thought that IT was something I could...
    Garuda1 Garuda1 22-25, M 8 Responses Oct 23, 2011

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    I Really Have No Idea.

    I have learned and done so many things. It seems everything I have ever done I have learned and became quiet good at it. I have done everything from being a breakfast cook at Shoneys many years ago to maintaining hundreds of computer systems over the south eastern US, to...
    BlueGeorgia BlueGeorgia 41-45, M 18 Responses May 4, 2008

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    Disenchanted

    Note: Perhaps you shouldn't read this if you're a psychologist. I'm quite negative here, but it's my thoughts and I don't wish to offend anyone. I used to want to be a psychologist - help ppl with their emotional problems, lend an ear, give some advice, and see them heal, and...
    BowsAndBones BowsAndBones 16-18, F 5 Responses Aug 11, 2007

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    I Need Help

    I will be 20 years old next summer. I have no clue what I want to be, I am completely lost in life. I have no idea what my plans or goals are. I finished school this summer and I got good grades, I just don't know what to use them for at the moment. I will be joining the army in...
    Wraither Wraither 22-25, M 6 Responses Dec 11, 2007

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    Hmm?

    i want to be happy. but i dont know what i'll need to do to be allowed to be that.
    ForeverAutumn ForeverAutumn 18-21, F 1 Response Sep 2, 2008

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    I Don't Know

    i just graduated high school on Wednesday. ive been so cought up in just graduating that i never gave thought to what i want to be. i dont like my dads job, its one of those things where you just cant stand. I havent applyed to any college or university, well because i dont know...
    Merac Merac 18-21, M 1 Response May 25, 2012

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    And I Am Running Out Of Time

    Considering I have been 29 for many moons........
    natashamarie natashamarie 41-45, F Aug 4, 2010

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    I Have Been Thinking About This A Lot

    Hi everyone. I posted a story here a few months ago and I have been thinking a lot about this since then. I have basically narrowed my problem down to a single core issue and I was curious if this something other people felt. To give a bit of background I graduated college last...
    Garuda1 Garuda1 22-25, M May 21, 2012

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    Do I Really Want to Grow Up?

    That is a question that I have yet to answer.  What do I want to be when I grow up?  I don’t want to grow up, growing old is enough.  I want to still be able to look at life through the eyes of a child.  All the wonder and magic still in place. ...
    ablmu65 ablmu65 41-45, M 4 Responses Dec 30, 2008

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    No Clue.

    i have no clue about what i want to do with my life. i mean i obviously want to get a career and do something productive with my life...but idk what. im still in high school but i think its a right time to know. everyone around me knows already but i dont. is there anyway i...
    patriot14 patriot14 16-18 Apr 21, 2008

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    Have No Idea

    I am not sure what i want to do with my life. I am nervous that i will choose something that won't suit me down the line.   I get a lot of pressure and suggestions from my family and people around me. Many people will tell me "You HAVE to do THIS." If i was...
    Tacit Tacit 22-25, F 2 Responses Jul 26, 2008

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    I'm 23 and I Still Don't Know...

    That's all I have to say about that. :)
    Chemicat Chemicat 26-30, F 3 Responses Sep 16, 2007

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    I Dont Want To Grow Up, I Want To Be A Toys R Us Kid

    Everyday I wake up I ask myself this question and each year has passed I still have no clue. I have no special talent that I could share or have a creative instinct to make people happy. I do have awesome people skills but doesn't everyone? I don't know even know how to explain...
    SandyBchGrl SandyBchGrl 26-30, F 1 Response Mar 7, 2012

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    I Still At My Age Don't Know What I Want To Be When I Finally Grow Up

    Dude! I am going to be 60 y/o in Oct and I still don't know what I want to be if I ever grow up. I have had many dreams, but commitment to family etc has always kept my *** to the grind, so I never had time to grow up. I was too busy raising children and making sure my family...
    PipelineInspector PipelineInspector 56-60, M Jul 12, 2013

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    Still Looking...

    I'm 40, considered successfully but feel like it is all lie. I don't know what I want to do with my life. I've always felt like I was meant to do something (I know ego) but it's a feeling that is still there after my youth! My father was a vocational psychologist (i.e...
    HowardRoark HowardRoark 36-40, M Apr 15, 2008

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    Suddenly Confused.

    At one time I wanted to be a lawyer. Then I realized that even though I could argue both sides of one arguement. I couldn't be one because I couldn't knowingly defend a guilty party or find out I prosecuted an innocent one either. So I went on to the next idea. Psychology...
    brwneyedbeauty brwneyedbeauty 18-21, F 3 Responses Aug 21, 2008

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    There's No Hope For Me Really

    Cos I'm nearly half a century and still don't know... PS I don't feel that old -its shocking seeing it written!   
    lostbird lostbird 51-55, F 2 Responses Nov 13, 2007

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    Okay. It sounds sort of child like

    when you say "I don't know what I want to be when I grow up" especially when I'm 17. I mean I have a few ideas in my head, but haven't settled on any of them yet. A prison officer, a nurse in the armed forces, or a solicitor are the three careers I have in mind. However all of...
    jasminepage jasminepage 16-17, F 3 Responses Mar 19

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    Keep Reinventing Myself

    I never want to grow up, whatever that means.  I'm constantly young at heart.  The body doesn't agree sometimes.
    dorobo dorobo 70+, M 2 Responses Apr 21, 2008

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    Nope.....but...

    Well i have no real plans to grow up at all! lol
    deleted deleted 26-30 5 Responses Apr 24, 2008

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    Clueless

    i really dont know what i want to be when i grow up. i dont like to think about it just in case im not here for when i grow up, if a suicide attempt works, or if i get really low, or even is something just happens. fare enough knowing would be a good and looking into it would be...
    sezy sezy 16-17, F 1 Response Aug 18, 2007

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    I Wish I Knew

    I am burned out and need a new career where I can earn what I earn now......... It's quite a dilemma!
    JojoWazoo JojoWazoo 46-50, F Feb 15, 2009

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    40 years old and I have no idea.

    I wish I could just knit for a living.
    absolom absolom 36-40 3 Responses Jan 23

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    Growing Up, Unfortunately

    I've just been scared by Wraither, as I've just realised I'm actually turning 20 next year. This is terrifying for me. But am happy with the idea of going to uni before I need to think about work. 20s still horrific for me!! I'll be in uni and my little sister still won't have...
    Luangi Luangi 18-21, F 4 Responses Dec 11, 2007

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    What. Should. I. Do. Part One, With Probably More To Come

    I wanna live in my heart, not my head.   But if everyone did that... Would there be doctors?  Am I selfish? Art makes me happy. Being around animals and children= awesome Marine adventurer? Heck yes How do I get these things?! I've been patient so far.  I'm...
    Vithani3 Vithani3 18-21 2 Responses Oct 27, 2009

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    If You Know What You Like, Its Easy

    i believe that people should love their job. i go to a good school, get good grades, so why shouldn't i aspire to greatness? in school i learn about many things, some that i like and some that i don't like, but knowing what not to do is just as important as knowing what you want...
    sethdeath321 sethdeath321 22-25, M 1 Response Mar 31, 2012

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    Haha Are You Kidding Me?

    I wanted to be a journalist for the longest time. I imagined myself working for my city's paper and being the star reporter. Then came sophomore year of college. I enrolled in a newsgathering and reporting class, looking forward to improving my writing and learning more about the...
    dancer2011 dancer2011 18-21, F 1 Response Sep 26, 2008

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    40 and Still.....

    I am a 40 year old woman and I still don't know what I want to do or be.  Hell I refuse to grow up.  I am 16 and holding.  LOL
    rondat rondat 41-45, F Dec 11, 2007

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    It's Not A Piece Of Cake

    People grow up thinking that they might become an actor or a engineer or whatever. I never had a dream. I always go with the flow of things and like some people put it I'm directionless in life. I have tried and tested many things and still am confused with what I want to be...
    Tien101 Tien101 18-21 1 Response Feb 16, 2012

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    Just Five Years...

    Im so confused... i just dont know!! I wish i was in kindergarden again :(
    dreamswithstars dreamswithstars 18-21, F Sep 18, 2011

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    Can't Decide!

    i used to think journalism then international relations or business then i decided i hate business. i definitely don't want a sitting-at-a-desk-from-9 to 5-job. i like moving around. very fast paced. right now i think physician or nurse but i don't think thats right for...
    bamboozle10 bamboozle10 16-17 Aug 11, 2009

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    I Just Graduated...

    I literally just graduated and I have no clue what I want to do as a career. I'm going to a college in September for Culinary but I doubt I want to be in that business.... I would stay in highschool another year but my family has said they'd be so disappointed if I did.. I don't...
    Perjour Perjour 18-21 2 Responses Jun 29, 2012

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    There's no rush on finding out what you want to

    be when you grow up. But I kind of would like to know sooner or later...
    khokho204 khokho204 16-17, F 1 Response Dec 8, 2013

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    Sure Dont, Not Yet

    Im 65 and still havent figured that out yet.  Maybe sometime in the next decade I will know.
    LostInTyme LostInTyme 61-65, M 2 Responses May 22, 2009

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    Define "Grow Up"

    Growing up, I think, is a state of mind.  At the rate I'm going I'll still be deciding what I want to be when I grow up at age 30.  But a long time ago, a teacher at my high school said it was ok not to know.  So, I'm ok with not knowing.  And when I'm 30, I...
    somewhatlost somewhatlost 26-30, F Feb 1, 2008

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    There's Not Enough Of Me For Everything I Think I'd Want To Do.

    Growing up I always wanted to be something different than my classmates I wanted to be a radio city rockette, a vegas showgirl, one of Hef's girlfriends, when I saw grey's anatomy I wanted to be a surgeon. When I had to stay in the hospital I wanted to be a nurse (I centered my...
    EnchantingMinx EnchantingMinx 22-25, F 1 Response Jul 1, 2012

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    No Idea.

    I'm 20, shouldn't I know already WTF I want to do with my life?. The clock is ticking for me and it makes me very sad. And it seems that all the things I want, I can't have.
    caritus caritus 22-25, F 2 Responses Sep 13, 2007

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    Do I Really Have To?

    Haha it's getting too late for me anyways!All these requirements...just a feeble effort to create some sense of order in life. No matter what you decide to be the result is the same, for all of us. Old, sick, crazy, trapped in our deteriorating bodies and in the mercy of...
    whoslife whoslife 31-35, F 1 Response Feb 26, 2012

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    For most of my life...

    "What do you want to be when you grow up?" I remember hearing that question from age 4 to 13. I couldn’t wait to grow up.  I had so many jobs and activities that I wanted to do as an adult.   "What do you want to do for a career?" Heard this one all through highschool.  I...
    Sarahbellas Sarahbellas 26-30, F 2 Responses May 1, 2013

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    I Thought I Knew

    Throughout high school and middle school I wanted to be a scientist in the military. I thought that was one of the coolest careers ever. I'm very grateful for the amazing life I've lived in the US and I wanted to do something to show my gratitude, and in my mind that meant...
    tqoftu tqoftu 22-25, F 1 Response Jan 10, 2008

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    How About Rich?

    I have been a lot of things , but I haven't been rich yet? I think I want to choose that.......tehehehe
    cinfullynn cinfullynn 46-50, F 7 Responses May 4, 2008

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    Stuck...

    I have recently applied to a community college and can't decide wether or not to stay in the dorms. I can't stand being home anymore but feel uncomfortable at the thought of being in a room with as stranger.
    Merac Merac 18-21, M 1 Response Oct 10, 2012

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    I'm 25

    And I still don't know. But I can't afford to go to college still so i guess it doesn't matter
    AngelaDark AngelaDark 31-35, F Oct 29, 2007

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    Im Scared And Confused :/

    Hey everyone :) so im in year 10 and at my school thats a crucial part that determines my future. i HAVE to get good in my grades or that can stuff up my whole future, but ANYWAYS! Ever since i was a little kid, this might seem silly, but, ive always wanted to be an actress!! Ive...
    YoloJOKES YoloJOKES 13-15, F 2 Responses Jun 9, 2012

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    Will I Ever Know?

    I haven't had an epiphany as to what lies for me, people give suggestions as to what I should do based on my personality but nothing has smacked me right in the face and said "EUREKA! I'VE GOT IT!" (I sound like Jack Skellington lol)but that's cool I'll go about...
    GoldieMtZion GoldieMtZion 26-30, F Jan 3, 2008

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