What I Wanted To Be When I Grew Up

by Stephanie on March 12, 2013 · 0 comments

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I’ve been meaning to write this post ever since last September when I went to my Great Uncle (who I’ve always called Grandpa) Burl’s 95th birthday party.  It was a fantastic weekend of seeing my Dad’s side of the family that I just don’t see enough.


While I was there I spent some quality time with my Aunt Deanna and Aunt Patty.  We went shopping at cousin (though I think of him as Uncle) Gary’s store where they helped me spend far too much money on pretty things to decorate my place.


I smile every time I see these :)

The best part of hanging out with these ladies, and the whole family, was the talking.  The whole family was interested in what I was up to and so I told them all about my job and how I was getting to travel to China.

Grandpa Burl talked about how amazing it was that he can remember being 10 years old and his Dad calling the operator to find out if “that Lindbergh guy made it across the Atlantic” and now one of his “kids” was going to China for work.  And it really is amazing when you think about how much that man has seen in his lifetime.


But I digress.  We talked about my sisters who are both in the medical field and how I took after my Dad and went into business.  And they told me stories.

I’m not sure I have vivid memories of what I wanted to be when I grew up aside from veterinarian or marine biologist.  But Aunt Deanna told me how I always wanted something different.  How when I was young I used to tell her I wanted to be an executive and live in the big city.  Aunt Patty talked about how I would always ask her to come “play on the puter” when she came to visit.

Then I think about how much I loved the 80’s movie Working Girl (which was on TV all the time when I was younger) about Melanie Griffith who got the corner office AND Harrison Ford.  And about how much I wanted to be like my Dad who owned a business and then became a professor (which is something I’d love to do) and is so smart.

Even in college my dreams were like that.  I picked out the beautiful, blue-glass building in downtown Chicago where I would live in the penthouse (333 Wacker Drive).  But first I would spend several years “saving money” (ha!) by living with my college roommate at 6 Michigan Avenue in a high-rise condo.  I would wear suits to work every day and travel the world and it would be amazing.

When I heard these stories about how I wanted this big business career and loved technology even when I was young… it just fits.  Today I have a job with a big corporation that has allowed me to travel three continents in the less than 5 years I’ve been with them.  That’s amazing!  I don’t live in a huge city right now but that can always change.

People have a lot of negative things to say about the corporate world but there are great things about it.  I love the travel opportunities.  The opportunity to move around to different locations and try out different areas of the business (I’ve had four positions in 5 years).  The ability to move up and feel the sense of accomplishment that comes with that.

Most importantly, it seems that for me it’s a good fit.

And it sounds like it’s what I always wanted in a career.

Sometimes, things work out.

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