What did you think you were going to be when you were 20?

What did you think you were going to be when you were 20?

Joined: May 7th, 2002, 12:38 pm

August 1st, 2012, 3:20 pm #1

How does it compare with what you are now?

I thought I was going to be in international relations - like working for the State Department maybe as a diplomat, or for some IR think tank that would be the guy that got called when things got crazy in my area of expertise, and they needed a quote or two to break down the situation.

I avoided domestic politics like the plague in my undergrad polsci degree study - because I hated it. Got to DC, then BAM! Domestic politics all the way.

Until I left for the slightly less political world of non profits with mostly slam-dunk inoffensive political agendas.
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Joined: December 5th, 2002, 8:14 pm

August 1st, 2012, 3:22 pm #2

At 20, it was becoming evident to me that I did not want to got to law school and I had no desire to live in DC, so I switched my major from Poli Sci to Communications. I had not idea what I'd wind up doing, but was looking forward to turning 21.
Last edited by orvis on August 1st, 2012, 3:29 pm, edited 1 time in total.
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Joined: May 7th, 2002, 12:38 pm

August 1st, 2012, 3:25 pm #3

Like not being 21 was slowing your drinking in the least...
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August 1st, 2012, 3:27 pm #4

At 20, it was becoming evident to me that I did not want to got to law school and I had no desire to live in DC, so I switched my major from Poli Sci to Communications. I had not idea what I'd wind up doing, but was looking forward to turning 21.
I had no idea. I was completely aimless. It was a little scary. I would seriously wonder if I was going to end up homeless.

I didn't think I would be a technician. I didn't know I had any mechanical aptitude. It wasn't until I started taking engineering courses and got my first instrumentation job that I realized I wasn't too bad at it.
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Joined: December 5th, 2002, 8:14 pm

August 1st, 2012, 3:29 pm #5

Like not being 21 was slowing your drinking in the least...
Yes, but having just secured a citation for underage drinking, I was eager to make it legal.
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Joined: March 22nd, 2007, 1:50 pm

August 1st, 2012, 3:32 pm #6

I had no idea. I was completely aimless. It was a little scary. I would seriously wonder if I was going to end up homeless.

I didn't think I would be a technician. I didn't know I had any mechanical aptitude. It wasn't until I started taking engineering courses and got my first instrumentation job that I realized I wasn't too bad at it.
Well, with this huge dick of mine, I really thought I'd be in porn. Life sure throws some curve balls!
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Joined: October 25th, 2002, 11:25 pm

August 1st, 2012, 3:34 pm #7


I thought you had a huge dirk!

 


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Joined: November 9th, 2004, 12:23 am

August 1st, 2012, 3:34 pm #8

I had no idea. I was completely aimless. It was a little scary. I would seriously wonder if I was going to end up homeless.

I didn't think I would be a technician. I didn't know I had any mechanical aptitude. It wasn't until I started taking engineering courses and got my first instrumentation job that I realized I wasn't too bad at it.
I was about a year away from my teaching degree, so I was pretty sure on that front. Although I thought I would only teach elementary school, which, I've been teaching junior high or high school for the past 7 years.

I was also really glad that the drinking age in Canada is 19.

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Joined: October 25th, 2002, 11:25 pm

August 1st, 2012, 3:42 pm #9

When I turned 20 I was a theater major.  I really thought I was going to be a broadway actress.  I never did make that obligatory move to NYC to try and make it.  I blamed lots of things - people and money needs, etc.  The truth is looking back, I think it was better to think "what if" than to admit I was scared of failing and confirming what I really feared - that I wasn't talented or special enough.  That's probably what holds most of us back.  But I no longer regret it.  Life has a way of making you glad you experienced everything the way it unfolded.

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Joined: February 5th, 2003, 5:14 am

August 1st, 2012, 3:44 pm #10

I was about a year away from my teaching degree, so I was pretty sure on that front. Although I thought I would only teach elementary school, which, I've been teaching junior high or high school for the past 7 years.

I was also really glad that the drinking age in Canada is 19.
I was in Iraq on my 20th birthday.

I've imagined that I would be a writer since Kindergarten. It never happened. I had a spark of talent but no drive. That is a bad combination. If you are going to possess one or the other, go with drive every time.

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