WHAT I WANTED TO BE GROWING UP (7-18 YRS OLD, BECAUSE I'M STILL GROWING UP)
- •Marine Biologist (7-10 yrs old)Before I learnt how Orcas and other sea mammals made their way into giant swimming pools, I wanted to be a Marine Biologist and work at Sea World. My bedroom walls looked like the bottom of the ocean, in pastel shades of blues, purples and pinks, dotted with fish and coral.
- •Fashion Designer (12-14 yrs old)Torn out magazine pages began covering the walls of my childish underwater bedroom at a rapid rate. Guess, Roxy, Billabong, DKNY ads from floor to ceiling in a collage of clothes, hair, makeup and models. I sketched outfits, designed a jacket my Dad told me would cost way too much to make (he was in the clothing industry) and watched hours of FTV and MTV, fixated.
- •Housewife (16 yrs old)Lost my mind for a year while I dated a guy a few years older than me. He was one of those old school arseholes who believe women (aka wife and mother of your kids) don't really need a career and should just stay at home raising the family. I should've known better having a mother who very successfully ran her own business with my father, along with having 3 incredibly busy kids. Sure, she had help, but she still did it. I was a mixed up teenager, we all make mistakes.
- •Criminologist (17 yrs old)Took Criminology for 2 years in high-school and managed to fly through the subject with straight A's. My teacher told me I'd be a brilliant criminologist but the nightmares I began having while doing my final project on serial killers affected me pretty badly. Seriously researched how I could work for the FBI but seemed so far-fetched I lost interest.
- •Chef (18 yrs old)Began to get serious about what I could realistically "be" when I grew up and fell back on a skill that I'd been working on since before I could read. Having a Cordon Bleu trained chef as a parent had its effects on me from an early age, so naturally I could cook, was 8 months away from matriculating, and decided to go to culinary school. In hindsight I should've taken a couple of gap years, gone to London like most of my peers and grown up a bit more before I studied, but I didn't.