When I was very little,4 or 5 years old, I had been taken to a circus and I adored it so much that for many years I wanted to be a 'circus girl' !!!! Oh ! How cute that seems now, knowing all the hard work that this entails!!!! But from about 12 years of age I always wanted to be a Signwriter which was ,back then,a male-oriented trade! I went to art school for 2 years and then decided to give the sign trade a go. I found a company which was, though reluctant at first,prepared to take me on. I was the first girl in Melbourne to do this fabulously satisfying trade!! It was in the days before anything at all was done using computers.Everything was proper Brush and paint,all done by hand,and I LOVED it!!I continued to do Sign and Ticket writing (this included window display and showcard work, as well as calligraphy which I had learned in high school just as a hobby!!!)until 2000 when I had severe shoulder and wrist problems which even after much surgery,just could not be resolved in the end.By then,so much of the trade was being taken over by the use of computers that I was so very saddened by the loss of the need for creative and genuinely artistic hands-on brush-work,that it was actually a relief to not be involved any longer!! I then went into the lovely field of home decor and fine furniture,(which was almost an extension of the display work which I had been involved with while signwriting),until illness forced me to stop working altogether in early 2008. I am one of the extremely lucky ones who loved my career so much that it felt as though I never worked a day in my life!!! I was so satisfied and so HAPPY in my chosen fields of employment,which is something not a huge number of people can honestly be able to say!
I always wanted to become a doctor due to a love of science and the ability to be able to diagnose any set of symptoms given to me. My mother begged me not to as she knew I wouldn't be able to cope with the long hours, and would spend more time as a patient in hospital than an employee. She was right. So, I became a nurse, and worked alongside the doctors ( some of them are so stupid ). My husband and son are also nurses. The doctors ask us about the patient because we work with them day after day at the bedside, so obviously know more than they do. They only come in a few minutes a day. It is very rewarding to see people get better in most cases, and go home.
Yes, nurses are greatly under-rated. At our local hospital they ask if you will see the specialist nurse instead of waiting for a doctor. She is fantastic and can order tests etc., so if you see her you get treated more quickly anyway. Strange world. (My mother was a nurse)
But then again nurses are terribly overworked and underpaid. The doctors are probably underworked and overpaid. You probably should have gone ahead with medicine with your abilities, you would have been a blessing to society.
My father started being a commercial artist, & then an abstract artist for the rest of his life.His father (a friend of Robert L.Stevenson) was an artist, as well as dad's sister. It was Stevenson who suggested to my grandfather, in Western Samoa, that he should have an exhibition in Sydney, Au, so he did, but my grandfather had moved to Perth before Stevenson came to Australia I think. then he & his wife bought my father over to Melbourne. Sorry, Stevenson died in W. Samoa in about 1897. My grandfather died in 1913. Sorry, I got WAY of the point of the question here.
No unfortunately my circumstances took me on a different path. I worked as a vet nurse for a while before my son was born. I absolutely loved it- loved surgery, coped with emergency and got to help deliver some babies. I still love anything medical.
I should have been a dancer or actor, I am SOOOO theatrical! LOL. Still don't know what I want to do, I am all grown up now and just recently changed from an office job to sales in dress shop, and loving it...
I bounced around three different professions in my mind as a teen: musician, novelist, or university English professor. I've played music since my teens, been in a few bands as well, but things never panned out there. I still play music on occasion, but that's it. I have written and published one novella and still write fiction today, so that dream is still alive, but I've never been to university so the dream of being a prof is pretty much dead.