What Will…

…you do when you grow up?

That question has always irked me. Who says I’ll ever be grown up? Is there some committee that decides it? Or do I? What if I like being a pirate and a photographer, part-time model and Rennie gal? Is there something wrong with that? I don’t see anything wrong with that. But, people still ask me that question. And, after reading the amazing blog of a college grad who lives to travel, I felt the need to delve deep into my own lifestyle. So, what will I do when I grow up?

Be me.

I don’t hide the fact that I’m a pirate. That I dress up on weekends to entertain folks. Or that I love taking pictures and will hopefully get more clients who request my work on a regular basis. I would love to be my own boss, not ever to step back into the corporate world…   But making that jump from one lifestyle (the “normal” one) to the one I want (the “pirate” one) is a big risk. I have my own debts to pay off from college and beyond, and there’s always someone who has a bill due for me. That’s one of the pitfalls of owning a home.

But it’s what I want. I want to be a niche photographer who does a wedding one weekend and a cannon school the next. My hometown offers me that, so why the heck not? I want to travel up and down, side to side, over this country and visit every Renaissance Faire that’s open. Heck, I could even do photography there, too.

So, I want to be me when I grow up. I see myself as the photographer-pirate-model-Rennie-gal that I am now, only more fully developed (that was a pun on the photography, people). Settle down? Well, I’ll always have home base with the Soldier, which makes the idea of traveling a little less appealing. I like home base. I like knowing that the Soldier will be there for me when I get back from this short weekend trip to the Georgia Renaissance Fest. But, longer trips I want him to go with me. So, getting him to leave the house is the battle I foresee there. Either way, the home base will be there for me.

I am willing to grow up so long as I get to do it my way. I want to be a pirate. I want to be a photographer. And, no matter what, I think that lifestyle will make me happy. I don’t have to make a million dollars to be happy. I don’t even need to make ends meet all the time. I just want to do what I love. So, when some self-righteous senior comes up to me, converses with me, then asks me about the future and my plans for it, I’ll be able to say: If growing up means not doing what I love, then I guess I’ll be in Neverland for a while.

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6 thoughts on “What Will…

  1. I want to grow up to be a man I would look back and be proud of, do good, be good, travel the world, be nice to others, be nice to wildlife, the environment, make friends all along, have fun, earn money(no greed here)

    • I think there’s always some validity in thinking on who we want to be. We always have the chance to change who we are, and hopefully history will treat us well in its archives.

  2. Amen to this! I completely agree with you on this. People need to let go of the whole what will you do when you grow up thing. Great post!

    • I’ve had several older folks question me on this, saying that I couldn’t possibly want to do this for the rest of my life. I’ve always been speechless…how rude to ask that of someone who’s decided how they want to live. It’s a shame that they don’t understand or want to understand.

    • Well I think that’s the problem with the whole older generation. People who are 50 and older are freaked out by our lack of wanting what they consider to be typical careers, but I think that has more to do with them than us. There whole generation has been hit hard by the financial crisis so they all feel displaced like everything they were taught was a mistake. They look at what we’re doing as a younger generation that’s been hit by a financial crisis and they don’t know what to think about us OR themselves. It’s crazy.

    • I think what offends them more is my lack of greed. I don’t need a cushy corner office to know that I’ve done well for myself. I think you’re right – their ideals and mentality is what got us into this “Recession” and yet they’re surprised when we don’t act the way they do.

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