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What do you want to be when you grow up?
Wed 30-Jun-10
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Rae Mond
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This is a sort of spin off from one of D's comments elsewhere, about having a durning desire to do something, or having a dream.

Usually if asked what I want to be when i grow up I say a terminator, or the Kurgan from highlander (the fact that both of these are big ugly men is by the by, and not at all a matter of concern. honest), but the truth is that I want to be Secretary General of the UN (though with it looking increasingly as if the UN is going a bit League of Nations this might not be something worth aspiring to for much longer), or to prosecute war crimes/crimes against humanity for the international criminal tribunals.

it's a pretty big dream, and I have a sketchy awareness of how it could be achieved if I had sufficient gumption (and funds).

What do you want do/be? what are you doing to achieve it? if nothing, why?

perhaps by confessing these things we can then poke each other to spur ourselves into action towards achieving them?

Also it would be nice to know that others also have lofty ambitions that they've so far failed to make any progress towards because life has got in the way, it would make me feel less lazy.

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Wed 30-Jun-10
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Sorry Rae Mond...I think it would be a total shame to grow up.... If you can dream it, you can do it....but sometimes it takes courage.  My kids think I'm nuts and I'll second that....I'm renovating in Bulgaria of all places...and just had 22 windows and doors fitted...like living outside every day.  As a visitor said yesterday who saw it in its raw state before I started...SurprisedSurprised  it's stunning....well it will be when it's finished  Big_Laugh  On a hill with nothing between me and the Greek mountains, sheep and cows with the odd house on the hillside, comforting with twinkly lights at night and fireflies. 

My boy was just finishing university and I had the opportunity to do a contract in USA.  Boy was I scared but I went and hotels are not that glamourous when you're alone...but taking the bull by the horns, especially in Texas,  I ended up working in some pretty good places that I would never have got to if I hadn't have taken the initial step.

If it's a dream, don't let anything hold you back but keep some funds in reserve...and be resourceful...look outside the box and it it feels right...it more than likely is!! Big_Hug

 

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Wed 30-Jun-10
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One of the reasons I am taking a Masters at the moment is because I would like to make a difference to the area I live in. I live in rural Latvia and studying Managing Sustainable Rural Development, so I hope it will be useful. So hopefully when I grow up won't be too far away, two more years for my Masters and another couple or more to get a doctorate which is what I really want to do. Why? Because I want to! Whistle

I remember when I visited my Nan in a nursing home she said it was a shame I hadn't done anything with my degree (Pharmacology and Chemistry finished in 1985), the fact that I had three lovely kids and the fact that doing Pharmacology convinced me that there was no way I was going to work in pharmaceutical research but would rather have worked in health education, where there were no jobs at the time has nothing to do with it. My degree though has had one use and that is to allow me to do the Masters so not a total waste of time, oh yes and I met hubby there Cheers

Wed 30-Jun-10
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I wanted to do something that made a difference to where I live, and wasn't just about watching the bottom line for a commercial company " had 20 years of that, I wanted a change " so here I am, working for my MP, trying to help our constituents sort out problems in their lives " many of which are not what I would class as major, but they are unhappy about them, so we try to help.  Eventually I'd like to retire from paid work and do a lot of gardening, and volunteer more for my pet charities

 

ETS - I had to take a 2 grand pay cut to do it, and I lost a lot of benefits (free private healthcare, free life insurance, 3 days holiday, and a load of free training courses)

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Wed 30-Jun-10
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When I saw this new topic on my red list, I just knew (95% probability " I am a gambler after all) who the author was.
Nice one, Rae. Thank you.

Elsa, Joanna and Lyn " you guys are living your dreams and you are miles ahead of most of the rest of us. You have gone and done daring, adventurous things.

Likewise Shelley with her jams / preserves in France.

F and I have one focussed ambition " to retain our lovely cottage and garden and not to have to sell up and move away. Same difference. We have a dream. It™s not as immediately glamorous as living on a hillside in Bulgaria or shifting to Ontario but it is good for us and for our age (mid 50s).

Also, we adore the idea of a CSH meet-up here in the UK next summer. We are very excited about that and we brainstorm most weekends. Soon it will be time to take direct action. That is the step that separates the doers from the dreamers. Sadly, we are predominantly dreamers (the marked exception being F™s flowers project this year).

Will we do it?

Absolutely.

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Thu 1-Jul-10
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Danny said:

Also, we adore the idea of a CSH meet-up here in the UK next summer. We are very excited about that and we brainstorm most weekends. Soon it will be time to take direct action. That is the step that separates the doers from the dreamers. Sadly, we are predominantly dreamers (the marked exception being F™s flowers project this year).

Will we do it?

Absolutely.


 Can I book my flight then????  Big_LaughBig_Laugh

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Thu 1-Jul-10
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I am also predominantly a dreamer 🙁

 

My excuse for this at the moment (the excuse varies depending on the circumstances, but this is a pretty good one I reckon) is that I can't do anything, or start anything, until we know where we'll be living, and subsequently what the monetary situation will be.

If the man gets a job that pays enough to keep our bodies and souls together then I may get the chance to go back to school and get that masters, or maybe do a legal practice course if we stay in the UK.

If not, I keep slogging away at the coalface of information rights while milking the L&D budget for all I can. Learnign welsh was a long held ambition, and i've just compelted the first year and sat two exams (results will be announced if they are good). Despite all the swingeing cuts havigna  welsh speaker in the office is (or should be) a high priority, so Iam hopeful of being put through the next stage of the course come the autumn.

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Thu 1-Jul-10
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mmmm...I still don't know what I'd like to do, other than what I've done already....but I'm enjoying what I'm doing in the time until I do work it out....actually, I rather enjoy being an obscure hermit....

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p.s. CSH meet up next year?  What a blinding idea.

I knew it was worth the mammoth task of catching up.....

 

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Thu 1-Jul-10
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OO, Kate, will you pick me up on your way?  RunAway

I'll try that again!

Fri 2-Jul-10
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Erm. . only one witch can ride a solo broomstick . . or so legend has it Big_Laugh

Toffeeapple

A meet-up is more than a dream even at this point, and we would love to hear suggestions for events like practical demos, swap shops and so forth. But let me open a new thread for that rather than having your great ideas being lost in multifarious threads over the coming months.

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Fri 2-Jul-10
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Danny said:

Erm. . only one witch can ride a solo broomstick . . or so legend has it Big_Laugh

Toffeeapple


 

Danny, Danny, Danny, obviously they will be using their tubo powered bioethanol fueled extra long wheelbase (or should that be bristle base)super broom, with homeopathic guidance system and eco freindly bissum boost for the hillsWhistleBig_LaughBig_LaughDevil

sit down with a cupa and the urge will subside

Fri 2-Jul-10
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Oh you two, I can't stop giggling now!  Big_LaughBig_LaughBig_Laugh

I'll try that again!

Fri 2-Jul-10
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oooow TA dont start giggling you will twitch your nose and someones cat will turn into a frogWhistle, or worse your oH will start being romantic, then where will you be DohMOS.Devil

 

(dont answer that its hot enough already )

sit down with a cupa and the urge will subside

Fri 2-Jul-10
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MOS said:

oooow TA dont start giggling you will twitch your nose and someones cat will turn into a frogWhistle, or worse your oH will start being romantic, then where will you be DohMOS.Devil

 

(dont answer that its hot enough already )


 I'd just like to quantify your statement....'where will you be if OH starts being romantic'.  At the MOS charm school for the bewildered or under achieving you should have the answers to all of those questions not just pose more questions to those seeking guidance.SurprisedSurprised

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