A few years ago, eight-year-old me told our former MP, Christopher Fraser, that I wanted to be a sports star one day. Now, those who know me in person will know I try not to run unless I really have to, and Sofa Sitting is my favourite sport.
I’ve never wanted to be a sports star, so why, when asked what I wanted to be when I was older, did I tell him that?
Probably because I had no idea what I wanted to do, and so I panicked and said the first thing that came to
Clearly, I was too young to know the word ‘athlete’, never mind knowing what job I wanted when I was older.
A lot of people don’t know what they want to be, or they have an idea for a little while and then change their mind again, but one friend from when I was little has always – and I mean always - wanted to work as a philosopher. I’m not entirely sure what that is, and yet she’s known since she was nine. All I know is that she has never changed her mind.
I’ve changed my mind a lot over the years. At one point or another I’ve wanted to be an artist, a teacher, an author, a publicist, and even a chef; I can’t cook, so I’ve got no idea where that one came from.
Mainly, I wanted to be an actress. I was obsessed and it was my absolute dream, so I ended up attending drama classes two days a week for five years here in King’s Lynn. And then one day I just decided I didn’t want to do it any more.
Seemingly overnight I lost my passion for acting and ‘actress’ was no longer something I wanted to be – I still don’t know why.
So, even though I’d spent lots of money and time working towards it, I quit, and I haven’t regretted it since.
My point is you can always change your mind when it comes to what you want to do after school, college, or university, and it doesn’t matter how old you are.
Nowadays, I definitely know what I want to do – if you’re wondering, it’s journalism, unsurprisingly – but lots don’t.
I always thought it was slightly ridiculous that we’re meant to have our lives planned by the age of 15 or 16, in time for college and then perhaps university.
There are so many jobs out there that it’s not possible for one person to know about all of them.
It was only a few weeks ago that I found out a bio-ethicist is an actual job... not that I know what it entails, but the thought is there.
As I said, if you’re not certain on what you want to do after school, you can always change your mind and you never have to stick with one thing.
It’s a comforting thought.