WHAT I WANTED TO BE GROWING UP, CHRONOLOGICALLY

Basically a list of all the different ways I've been in denial about the fact that I want to be a writer
  1. Nurse
    I was 5 years old, and I really wanted to help people. But even at a young age, I was an over-thinker, and I soon realized I would have to deal with people dying. At said young age, I selfishly decided I couldn't handle that
  2. Race car driver
    My dad raced stock cars at a local track when I was little, and I thought it was the coolest thing ever. I'd be like, "My daddy is a race car driver!!" Even though I hated how loud the cars were, I wanted to be just like my dad. I eventually realized it was redneck and uncool. My dad is still my best friend though
  3. Singer
    The first music group I was super into was the Cheetah Girls. I wanted to be just like Raven Symone. I soon realized that I couldn't sing worth a shit. I also more recently realized that Raven is super problematic, and I don't wanna be like her at all. I guess it worked out for the better.
  4. Author
    I always loved reading. In third or fourth grade, I was a huge Junie B. Jones fan and I decided I wanted to be an author just like Barbara Park. I distinctly remember writing a series of terrible stories about a girl named Marie and her many siblings as well as a story about a girl named Gabriella who dreamt of going to a Hannah Montana concert. I also used to write on this "role play" chat room on KOL (kids online, the kid version of AOL...a lil sketchy now that I think about it)
  5. Tattoo Artist
    Kat Von D was my idol in sixth grade. I couldn't draw worth a shit.
  6. Musician/Songwriter
    In middle school, I started writing angsty, emo poetry. I also joined band and learned how to read music. I thought putting the two together would be a fun career choice, but I soon realized that being able to play tuba didn't mean I would be able to play guitar too. I also realized that songwriting involved much more than writing shitty poetry. I excelled in band but would later take a music theory class in high school and realize just how hella complex music really is
  7. Writer (subconsciously)
    I started writing somewhat legitimate prose and poetry in 8th grade. I had always done it as a hobby, and I still wasn't sure if I could do it as a career, but this was basically when I started to take my writing seriously. I had a friend who was a junior at the time and had attended GSA, a summer arts program, for creative writing. I made it my goal to get into GSA when I was a junior.
  8. Band director
    I was in band from 6th-12th grade (marching band 8th-12th.) I started out as a percussionist, then switched to tuba in 7th grade, then to euphonium Junior year. I actually ended up being pretty good, and I enjoyed it, but it got old after a while. I also realized how young my band director was despite looking very old and realized that being a band director would probably be stressful af
  9. Writer (for real)
    So I got into GSA, and it was life-changing. While I was there, I not only improved as a writer, but I also learned that it isn't entirely ludicrous to have a substantial career as a writer/artist. It wouldn't be easy, but it was possible. This was when I truly decided I wanted to be a writer.
  10. Poet
    At GSA, I found that I had a passion for poetry. While I really enjoyed fiction, it felt like it had more rules, and I think that scared me off for a while. Poetry seemed more flexible. I made it my goal to get some poetry published. This is still a goal of mine, and I'll probably always write poetry, but I kinda ditched this as a viable career option cause I don't wanna live under a bridge
  11. Playwright
    I was required to write a 9-page play at GSA. This was the only experience I've had writing for stage, and I wasn't that great, but I really enjoyed writing it. I also friggin love theatre!! I plan on taking some courses to see if I can improve, so this one is still an option.
  12. Senator
    This was me trying to make use of my passion for pissing off my relatives on Facebook. Don't get me wrong, I'm hella democratic (#FeelTheBern) and I care a lot about political & social issues! However, I don't really know what Benghazi is, and I had to google if women are even allowed in the senate. Maybe that's a sign that we need more women in the senate (feminism!!!!!) but I don't think I'd have the patience to work with all those rich white conservatives anyway
  13. Speech writer
    This was me trying to combine writing with my aforementioned strong political opinions, but I quickly realized I didn't want that responsibility on my shoulders. Like what if I were to pull a Jenna Maroney: "that's why I'm voting for Osama in 2008!!"
  14. Teacher/professor
    This was a very brief, fear-induced career choice. I got scared that I would die of poverty if I tried to become a writer. I still have this fear, but I've realized I would rather die than try and make young people listen to me every day
  15. Screen writer
    This is my current dream, largely thanks to talented, hardworking women like @mindy and @lenadunham. I've always had a love for television, but a few years ago, I became obsessed with the Office. That was the show (characters, cast, writers) that made me realize I want to create great television. Other than writing weird, morbid scripts to my favorite Disney shows as a kid, I've never really written a screenplay. But I plan on taking a screenwriting course soon. We'll see if I have what it takes