When I was a child, I wanted to be a vet. I loved animals. Still do. I wanted to help them and spend all my time with them. When I got a little older, I realized I'd have to put animals to sleep. I changed my mind.
A few years later, I decided I wanted to be a nurse that helped take care of babies. I loved babies. They were so cute and it would be fun to be able to wrap them up and snuggle them every day. Then I found out that some babies didn't make it. Some babies would get sick. I changed my mind.
When I was in high school, I was fascinated with the ocean. Dolphins, fish and whales. Even sharks. I wanted to be a marine biologist. No joke. The trainers at Sea World were my idols. Seriously. I could watch them all day. Then I found out if I wanted to do that, I'd have to move far away. And I'd have to get in the ocean when everyone knew perfectly well that I was afraid of sharks. Still am. I changed my mind.
In college I studied to be an elementary school teacher. I loved kids. Still do. I wanted to teach them. I wanted to have a big impact on their lives. I also liked the idea of teaching high school students, until my dad pointed out that they would probably count me as one of the kids because I'm so short. Ultimately I decided to do elementary. I could handle 28+ kids. Couldn't I? Yes. What I couldn't handle? Mean parents. I changed my mind. (Actually, I got married and decided to have a family. :)
Once I had two of my beautiful kids, I noticed something. I had stories and characters floating around in my head. I always had. I remember in high school I used to sit in the computer room and type out stories without anyone knowing. I had a notebook in my room as well that I'd jot down stories in. I found that notebook a few years ago, and had totally forgotten about it. It's funny that I didn't realize how much I loved writing back then.
I picked up writing again about three years ago. I was so naive when I first started. I had no idea what a query letter was, no idea about agents. I didn't even care if I got a book published. But then my hubby talked me into sending my first book to agents, and that started my dream of getting a book published.
So many things have happened in the past year. I love writing. It's a passion of mine now, and I know I'll never let it go. It may be a long road before I see publication, but I'm loving what I do, and where I'm going with my writing. It's what I was meant to do. It just took me a little bit longer to figure it out. :)
What about you? Did you always want to be a writer?