DailyBlog: What Did I Want To Be When I Grew Up?

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For the sake of blogging, self-exploration, and contemplation, I’ve been slowly making my way through answering questions from this list

Today’s Question: What did you want to be when you grew up?

I had two main aspirations when I was a child. The first thing I ever remember wanting to be was a vet. Really, I just knew that I loved animals and wanted to work with and around them. As I got older I learned that being a vet is literally far more difficult than even becoming a human doctor (animals cannot explain to you what is happening with them in order to help you diagnose them, plus every animal’s needs and anatomy is different, so you have to memorize so many different biologies and not just one!)

The second thing I wanted to be was an author. I declared when I was ten that I would absolutely publish books within my lifetime.

I did not grow up to become a vet, but I do work in animal rescue and I’m surrounded by pets all day. My dogs come to work with me and hang out in my office, or accompany me on outreach events. What I do is enough to make me feel connected to animals which ultimately is what I always knew that I wanted!

As for becoming an author, I’m happy to say that I’ve also made that dream a reality. I don’t sell hundreds of copies per day (I’m lucky if I sell 10 books per day, Lol!) but that was never really important to me. I write first and foremost for me. I write for the journey. I write because I have stories to tell and when I have a new book out and I get to hold it in my hands, I feel like a part of me truly exists in this world.

My dreams are never grande, they were simply true to my passions. I did not give up on them. I did not settle. I’m living my passions, and this question reminds me of that. I’m proud of where I am, and what I do.

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