The Evolution of, “When I grow up”

Today, I was talking to a friend, who always seem to manage to help me develop a post out of our conversations. We were talking about career paths and what not, and how we ended up working where we are now.

For some strange reason, I delved into the different careers/jobs that I wanted to occupy as a kid, kind of like a, “When I grow up, I want to be a…” timeline, including justifications for why I abandoned or changed my mind as I grew into different stages of life. Here is how it went:

1. Circa 5-6 years old, pre-grade school: I told my mom(or my grandma) while wasting a whole, long bar of laundry soap,”When I grow up, I want to be a labandera (nanny, clothes washer, housekeeper)”. This was frowned upon, so I moved on to bigger dreams, not to mention, I had just destroyed a whole long bar of soap.(if you are an old school Filipino, you know what I am talking about, if not I apologize).

2. Circa grade school years: While setting up and playing with an office desk with a name bar, running some random business, “When I grow up, I want to be an office boss”. Not quite sure why I deterred from this goal, but it might have had something to do with my attention span not holding up while sitting behind a desk. On to more ambitious goals.

3. Circa middle school years: After winning a couple of science fairs and becoming obsessed with Star trek ,”When I grow up, I want to be an Astronaut”. Then, I found out what astronauts had to go through to be able to get to space. So, I scaled down a bit.

4. Circa high school years: I became fascinated with the law (via episodes of Matlock), government, and injustice, and going through normal teenage pangs, “When I grow up, I want to become a lawyer”. Then, I saw Devil’s Advocate and I didn’t want to sell my soul to the Devil to be a successful lawyer. Kidding! My parents decided law school would take a gazillion years, so they told me to be a nurse instead. I said, no, and I ended up going to nursing school, anyway, albeit, the shortest program that I could find, HA! HA!

Today, I am working in the pharmaceutical research industry, and I love it, go figure, but, “When I grow up, I want to be a Political Science professor”. So I can influence future law makers, I’m kidding.

Anyways, a gazillion years and 2 degrees later, I’m still growing up, but I think I’m in a good spot and that much closer to attaining my life long dreams, that was recently set, like 7 years ago 🙂

“Choose a job that you love and you will never have to work a day in your life”–Confucius.

Here I am before all of the above for Throwback Thursday:


In 350 Words or Less

Today, my FB feed was riddled with rants about the government shutdown. While I have my own opinions and such, I didn’t join in on the rant or gave two cents about it. It’s likely not to last long, and life goes on. It was going to happen, I think I said something about some partisanship issues and such. And you know, I don’t work for the government, so I am not getting any days off out of it (Please do not take this as an apathetic approach to the issue, it isn’t). So, like I said, i didn’t pay much attention to it.

Well, guess, what? As I am getting ready to leave for work, I receive an email saying that the US Department of Health and Human Services, specifically, the Office for Human Research Protections, will not be updating registrations, renewals, ect., you know minimal nuisances, for the company( not so minimal for others). Go figure, I try to get away from issues that should not even occur and it creeps it slinky little self, as minutely as ever, into my inbox. Even if you don’t care, be informed and be aware. If you don’t, it will figure out a way to make you care.