I love to document life, in videos, writing, art and photos so I am jumping on this thoughtful and inspiring project, Mom Before Mom, started by Carla at All of Me Now.
See the Mom Before Mom category for more of my posts in this series:
This week’s prompt: What did you want to be when you grew up? Do you still harbor a desire to be that? When did you realize your dream was or wasn’t possible?
I always wanted to be a writer when I grew up.
I wrote all the time as a kid; poems, stories, letters, diaries and even a chapter book which I boldly shipped off to one of the major publishing houses when I was in 5th grade. I took creative writing classes in high school, filled over 100 journals and submitted poems to contests and for publication (I did get something published in the yearbook!)
I always wanted to be a writer but life got busy and took me a different, more “practical” direction. My writing in college was grounded in academics and drifted away from creative pieces. Then graduation planted me in my beloved New York City at a face-paced job in retail buying and then public relations where my writing consisted of proposals, market research reports and press releases. The ideas were still jumping around in my head, waiting to be released.
Then came my sweetheart, then my baby, then more babies and my writing life recorded their activities and their quips, their firsts and their funnies. I have journals and letters to each of them. We moved a few times, I dove into a career in all things babies and birth and grew my expertise and knowledge along with my business.
Now, in my forties, I’m coming back around and making writing a priority in my life. Almost a year ago, I began this blog and it has helped me get disciplined about writing and I’m loving it! All those lists of book ideas, it turns out they’re actually perfect blog posts!But there is one book that’s been rattling around in me since college. With not-so-subtle encouragement (OK – outright harassment) from my Dad and Nick, I’ve finally gotten pen to paper – well, fingers to keys. I’ve joined a couple of writers groups and for the first time, put it out there for others to read and critique. The feedback was positive and so useful and I left my first gathering so motivated, I came home and wrote for five straight hours! I’ve set a goal to work on this book daily, I’ve only missed a couple of days since making that a priority and have also been working on an e-book parenting series (stay tuned!)
I am a writer now, I have several articles published in professional journals and write everyday, but I don’t see myself as a writer in the way I had meant as a kid. I’m still pursuing that childhood dream to be a writer when I grow up and I can clearly envision it.
This question also makes me think of my own kids as they start to dream about what they want to be when they grow up. I ask myself how I can best nurture their strengths, talents and desires, how can I guide and lead them toward a life’s work that will make them happy?
When we were kids, my sister had a stint of wanting to be a farmer when she grew up. She even had in her head that my parents would come and help out on her farm, they nodded and agreed to come by and lend a hand. She’s now in New York City far from barns, pigs and harvests, working for Republic Records.
She has always loved music and as she grew older, she had her mind set on working in the music industry. She pursued and attained it. She makes me proud and I’m thrilled that she’s in the field of her dreams. [Beth is currently working, pretty much single-handedly, on the Music for Newtown auction which goes live on Monday, March 25. Check back on Friday for more details and the latest donations. Twitter: @musicfornewtown]
What did YOU want to be when you grew up?