Prompt Images

What do you want to be when you grow up? It’s a question we all got asked as little kids. We gave our cute answer about some heroic, courageous, or impossible profession like space veterinarian or NFL referee or official pancake judge at the world’s largest pancake contest. As an adult, we now ask little kids the same thing to see what stupid nonsense babble falls out of their mouths.

It’s a difficult question that changes as you go through different stages in life. Elementary school. Junior high. High school. College. In the real world. In the middle of the night during an anxiety attack.

The truth is, dreams change over the years. Some are totally unrealistic. Some are way more boring or difficult than you initially hoped. Some might be possible, but they just won’t work for you. And that’s why you have to give up on some dreams.

Without further ado, here is a brief list of all the dream jobs I’ve given up on over the years.

Kindergarten: Superhero

1st Grade: First astronaut firefighter to become president

2nd Grade: Cereal mascot

3rd Grade: Millionaire

4th Grade: Professional video game player

6th Grade: Competitive eater

8th Grade: Baseball player

12th Grade: Mechanical engineer

College Freshman: Movie director

College Sophomore: Porn star

Age 23: Work that doesn’t make me pray for death

Age 26: Someone with affordable health insurance

Age 27: First astronaut firefighter to discover a real dinosaur

Ryan Fay

Ryan is an editor and semi-pro author with life goal of having enough money to buy the cool things people make in DIY videos.

learn more
Share this story
About The Prompt
A sweet, sweet collective of writers, artists, podcasters, and other creatives. Sound like fun?
Learn more