I went through only a few phases of what I wanted to be, but they were all so different. When I was in elementary school, I wanted to be a singer! I was not great at singing, but I felt like I could if I could get a vocal trainer (which my parents absolutely could not afford). I also was a very shy child, and the desire to be in the spotlight quickly faded.
Once that phase was over, I decided I wanted to be an artist in middle school. I was developing well in art, but I also compared myself to my twin sister enough to make me lose motivation. She became an artist, which I am immensely proud of her for. I also had a few surgeries in middle school, so I was not able to take as many electives as I wanted, so I lost a lot of opportunities to build my drive to be artistic.
Then, around high school, I had the shortest phase of wanting to become a baker. I wanted to own my own bakery called "Sweet Dreams Bakery," which would have many dream/night related treats. The reason this phase was so short though is because I was terrible at cooking and baking!! I have no idea what compelled me to want to pursue this career in the first place, but I still think it would be a cute career choice.
Finally, once I began dual enrollment and started attending college full-time while in high school, I realized my love for math education. I had a math professor who was not the best, so I ended up teaching some of my fellow classmates. I felt this surge of "oh my gosh, I can do this," and I decided to begin taking education prerequisites. Right now, I am in my final semester of my secondary mathematics education degree, and I feel like I made the right choice. While my first three career dreams were very creative (and, with motivation, practice, and resources, they could have been realistic careers), I am glad I went to math education. I want to help students learn to like math, and that it is not as scary as it seems! But I also want to teach them that math (as well as other subjects) is not the end-all to your education if you are not particularly good at it. Overall, while I did not go with my childhood dream job, I feel very inclined to tell others to not give up on their dreams. Anything is certainly possible with a little bit of motivation!