When You Were a Kid, What Did You Want to Be When You Grew Up?

Who in the world knows what I wanted to be when I was a kid. Actually, I didn’t know myself, so I just asked my mom. She said I don’t know, ask grandma. So I called my grandma to ask her.

My grandma said when I was a little boy, she asked me if I wanted to join the service. I said no. She asked me if I wanted to be a police officer. I said no. She asked me if I wanted to be a fire man. I said no. She asked me if I wanted to be a business man. I said no.

So basically, when I was a kid, I didn’t want to do anything when I grew up. Then I guess times changed a bit, because:

In seventh grade, I wanted to be accepted.

In ninth grade, I wanted to be a business man.

Then eventually, I became a business man.

However, looking back on things, I must have been a brilliant kid. Because I didn’t want to be anything when I grew up. Looking at where I am right now, all I want to be is a kid again. I want to be right back where I started, where I didn’t want to become anything at all.

Why?

Because I had it down. I was genuinely happy being a kid.

The kind of kid who goes to the park to swing. The kind of kid who smiles when he sees ice cream. The kind of kid who hangs upside down at the jungle gym. The kind of kid who plays with girls even though they have cooties. The kind of kid who would listen to stories and smile. The kind of kid who would be curious and inquisitive. The kind of kid who would play at the beach and in the sand.

I miss being a kid. When I grow up, I want to be that exact same person I was as a kid. Without a single worry in the world.

Originally posted on Quora.

Leonard Kim consults startups and writes books like The Etiquette of Social Media: How to Connect and Respond to Others in the World of Social Media

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