When you were a child, what were you dead set on doing as a career after reaching adulthood? Are you still determined to make that childhood dream a reality, or have you already made it a reality?
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When I was a child (between approx. 5-12) I was dead set on becoming an architect once I'm grown up. I loved building skyscrapers with wooden toy bricks and drawing houses and on vacation or free days I sometimes drew whole blue prints and horizontal floor plans of houses and I would then "sell" these buildings to my parents or siblings. I was so interested in this stuff that my dad even bought me a computer program which is used by real, professional architects to draw blue prints. And my mom bought me a very fat book about modern architecture with beautiful photos and illustrations for my birthday once and I still have it today ;-). Unfortunately, I am almost blind and people kept telling me that becoming an architect is not a possibility for me. I think nowadays it would work just fine with modern technology and some personal tricks to find solutions for visual problems. But 20 years ago, architects were still mostly drawing their plans by hand (at least in my country) and because these plans had to be very exact, one had to have an excellent vision. So, I had to give up my dream and look for something new. When I turned into a teenager, I became dead set on becoming a TV host (news host was my favorite option but game show host would have also been cool). It certainly helped that I loved talking and especially talking in front of lots of people (I was one of those kids who actually loved holding classroom presentations). I still have many of these talents today, that's why I sometimes participate in a local radio show (but just for fun, I don't earn anything with that). Unfortunately, again, I was told by my mom and other people that people who are almost blind can't become TV hosts. The problem (according to these people) is that my eyes (especially my left eye) look sort of different. They don't look ugly or anything like that but just... unusual and maybe strange for people who don't know about my disability. Apparently, TV hosts in my country (Switzerland) have to look very perfect... at least in their faces. They can't have any obvious, physical "flaws", because the viewers would be bothered by that. I wonder if it's also like that in America. Anyways... so that dream also died. Eventually I settled on becoming a college professor because I am academically very interested and because I love teaching. So, that's what I will be doing in a few years ;-).0