What do you want to be when you grow up?

Syd’s pre-school have been talking about what they want to be when they grow up, they even have to dress up as their chosen thing in a couple of weeks. Syd’s answer currently is ‘a blue Pikmin’.


For the uninitiated a Pikmin is a small character, that comes in various colours, from a video game that his brother plays. Β Nice to have an ambition, although I am baffled as to how to make the costume.

He very sweetly keeps asking me what I want to be when I grow up. I am not sure whether to be flattered that he thinks I am so young, or panicked that even at two he can see through my façade and figure out that I am not a proper grown up yet.

And I still don’t know what I want to be…..I am 40, you’d think I would have at least an inkling by now?! It has been on my mind a little lately as the clock ticks down towards Syd starting school in 17 months time. I don’t really have a plan other than I know I will get bored home alone most of the day and that I am unlikely to direct that energy into housework.

There is this little blog, that brings in a bit of money sometimes, either directly or by leading to work elsewhere. Maybe by then it will be enough, but describing myself as a writer still feels a little pretentious – ‘Pass me the laudanum, I must find my muse’ type thing.


In my mind I am torn between Consulting Detective and Time Lord. Possibly basing your preferred career choices on your favourite TV shows is another sign that I am not grown up enough to make these kind of decisions yet. The thought occurs that when I grow up I want to be Stephen Moffat, then I can combine writing with the above two fictional jobs.


Although I am not totally sure the BBC will be knocking on my door with a contract for writing a prime time television drama anytime soon, and frankly if they did I would get straight in my Tardis and run away in a panic.

My daughter is heading for UCAS form time. When she is feeling panicked about her choices I remind her that most people of my age have had more than one career by now, so she really shouldn’t feel that she will be boxed into whatever she chooses forever. Nor should she listen to anyone but her own heart. Yes, there are practical reasons for one thing being a more sensible choice than another, but since when was anyone excited by sensible. She is thinking of teaching, she is brilliant with kids and it would suit her well, as would any of the other similar vein jobs she also has on the consideration table.

As for me,Β Β the reality is that I will do whatever I can that fits around family life as smoothly as possible. I am not really bothered by having a fancy sounding career. I just want to be happy and for my family to be happy, and preferably to use overlong words when a simple four letter one would suffice.

I think happy is as good an ambition as any, don’t you?

Love Miss Cisco XXX



  1. April 14, 2014 / 9:06 am

    Absolutely. I have no idea what I want to be yet either, have we been mums for too long?! I remember my son announcing that he would like to be a Power Ranger when he grows up – important to have ambitions!
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  2. April 14, 2014 / 9:08 am

    Oh I’m with you on that. 41 and still no idea. Except it has to involve writing, and something to do with photos and editing lol. Or maybe that can be my hobby… who knows?! Pikmin rock, my 12 year old likes Pikmin. My 16 yr old keeps stressing about what he should do, and asking if he will “know”? I don’t think everyone does, you fall into things.
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  3. April 14, 2014 / 10:22 am

    I have only just decided what I want to do and this choice had been shaped by being around for the kids. I’m off to uni in September to study creative writing and journalism so I can freelance and write from home. Well that is the plan anyway!
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        April 15, 2014 / 12:09 pm

        Gosh i dont no how i got here but loved your storys,i still have no idea about what i shall do when i grow up(im 53) so still have plenty of time,i shall look on here everyday as i have my morning coffe.karen

  4. April 14, 2014 / 10:47 am

    All I want for my boys is “happy” I have always felt this way. I still do not think I am grown up, but if I had to choose then I think I would like to be a spy! The boys want to be footballers, farmers, RAF pilots or dog walkers when you ask them!
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  5. April 14, 2014 / 11:41 am

    Sounds familiar! Although I always wanted to be a midwife when I grew up and still do! Maybe it’s no too late!

    My daughter at 7 still wants to be a princess when she grows up… not sure when to burst her bubble πŸ˜‰
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  6. April 14, 2014 / 11:55 am

    I think it’s good enough – I have no idea what I’d like to do, like REALLY like to do for a proper career, not just a job to get away from the house and get some money coming in. Never too late, we might all just one day come up with some brilliant idea πŸ˜‰
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  7. April 14, 2014 / 12:50 pm

    Happy is the best ambition and I too am happy to do whatever needs doing at the time for my family. I never really had a dream job I wanted to do when I was younger so any job that keeps us afloat is ok with me!
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  8. April 14, 2014 / 4:46 pm

    I feel the same way – my old job would be hard logistically now I have three kids (it was hard enough with two), but I think Happy is definitely a great ambition. Great post and thanks for the swell pic of Mr Cumberbatch!
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  9. April 14, 2014 / 4:52 pm

    Well put hun, & does anyone know what they want to be when they grow up? I think that most of us would settle for happy :o)
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  10. April 14, 2014 / 5:00 pm

    Happiness is certainly the best choice! I think that it is so hard for them to decided what they want to do, I know I changed my mind over and over again. Happiness wins everytime with me x
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  11. April 14, 2014 / 8:33 pm

    Happy is totally the best ambition! When I was a kid I wanted to be a rollerskating nurse. I can not rollerskate and I am awful at looking after people, oh well!
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  12. April 14, 2014 / 9:30 pm

    I think those that fall into a job that makes them happy are very fortunate – my paid job can be really rewarding & I feel blessed, on other days I’m frustrated etc… I hope my kids grow up with skills , reading, writing & the ability to add up & budget – & therefore employable!!
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  13. April 14, 2014 / 9:51 pm

    This made me chuckle…its times like this when you realise how precious these blogs are so that you can record moments like this to remind your child one day of all the hilarious things they said or did! I’ve just turned 30 and I still want to be a Hollywood movie star. Didn’t go to acting school and I don’t have an agent…but I can still dream! x
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  14. April 15, 2014 / 1:51 am

    I think happy is a pretty good ambition to be honest! At 40, I also have no idea what I want to do next… I gave up my career of almost 20 years when I moved to the US, I know I don’t want to do that anymore (I am/was an engineer turned Project Manager in construction) but I have no idea what I could do instead!
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  15. April 15, 2014 / 6:57 am

    Happy is most definitely good enough! That’s basically the decision I’ve taken by going for the voluntary redundancy and, three weeks in, I would say it’s working well! πŸ™‚
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  16. April 15, 2014 / 2:27 pm

    I always wanted to work with children . My teen has no idea what she wants to be, being a teacher is the winning vote so far.
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  17. April 15, 2014 / 4:12 pm

    I don’t think you make your mind up until you actually find something suitable, that fits in with kids, hubbys hours, school holis, I’m still looking!! So far every Dragons Den idea I’ve had has been researched inside out and then disgarded.
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  18. April 15, 2014 / 6:51 pm

    That time is looming for me now, as Little A begins school in September, and to be honest, I am dreading it – the thought of going back to work :o(. I just want to blog and write, but I know I need to go back to what I have a training in (counseling). Have you thought about more freelance writing work, and, oh, good luck with that outfit! X
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  19. April 15, 2014 / 7:51 pm

    My two want to be zookeepers πŸ˜‰

    I love my job but I don’t think I would have chosen it growing up – I always wanted to be a travel agent and then I was and quit to move to this job!
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  20. April 15, 2014 / 9:02 pm

    I still have no idea what I want to do, but a blue Pikmin sounds like fun haha! x
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  21. April 15, 2014 / 10:13 pm

    My daughter is currently undecided. A fairy. A princess. A mermaid. I envy her.
    I have found that where people have anything other than a ‘vocation’ that career changes are likely.
    I joke that I’ve never heard anyone say “I really want to work for X and be a Y”. I ended up here by chance and am now to scared to leap. Unfortunately to anyone wishing to become a parent I find it hard to recommend anything other than the teaching profession- out of envy and regret.
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  22. April 16, 2014 / 11:59 am

    being happy is something that everybody should strive to attain i think, no matter what their career choice!
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  23. April 16, 2014 / 8:25 pm

    I always wanted to be an air stewardess but my dad put me off as he saw it as a glorified waitress…..I really wish I had done it!
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  24. April 16, 2014 / 11:52 pm

    Consulting detective. No doubt about it.
    It is such a hard question isn’t it? I find myself half the time looking around for the grownup around here. When exactly has that person become ME?
    I try not to answer that question, but when I have to, my life’s philosophy (blaaa) is – no regrets, so this is what I want to be when I grow up – a person with no regrets.
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  25. April 17, 2014 / 11:57 pm

    I am dreading having to grow up and decide! I asked Dylan what he was going to be and he decided his future career plans involved becoming a pirate, and that Archie was going to be a santa – I can make the costumes a little easier than the pikmin but they may look odd! I asked him what I should be and apparently a princess is the answer – I think I could manage that (but only in a Disney princess kind of way!)
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