When I was small, my teacher often ask me "So, what do you want to be when you grown up?".
I was about 4 -5 year old.
So, as a toddler (who apparently have a very distorted view about this world) my answer will be something like "teacher" "police woman" "president", or "astronout" kind of thing. I remembered as some point in my life I wanted to become a vet, because I love animals and I think I did well helping my mom in the clinics (basically I was "hired" to pound the tablets, writting dosage, and giving change... and yes, none of it have anything to do with being a real doctor).
My mom told me to become a doctor you need to be in school for a looong time, approximately 5-6 years longer than other occupation, so I drop my idea of becoming a doctor and down grade it to a nurse!
Then not long after that one of my primary 3 teacher was sooo inspiring that it changes my mind to be a teacher instead. Then I took organ and guitar lesson, and founded my hidden talents, soon enough I am persuaded to be a musician.
But that does not last too long, at the age of 13, there is an influx of japanese comic book (so called "manga") in Indonesian book store. Let me tell you that me and my sister are soooo hooked up, we read it everywhere, dinner table, toilet, bed, some of my friend even read it by hiding their hand underneath the school drawer during lesson time. Then me (even my sister) told ourselves that we will be comic writter and this decision is final!
The truth is, we did maintain that thought for quite a while. But with a little bit of common sense, we obviously know that being a comic writter is hard work. Life is full of deadlines, and you need to work whether you have any great story to write or not. Unlike being a doctor, engineer, astronout, physicist, or politician, being a comic writter is more like being a music composer or painter, something has to come with creativity and inspiration. And by the way, even when you have creativity and inspiration ALL THE TIME, at the end of the day, the one who earn most money is the publisher! and not the writer.
Okay, in short, me and my sister sack the idea to become comic writter. Today, I am a computer engineer and my sister is an architect. If I look backwards on those crazy "occupation wannabees" that I ever dreamt, sometime I do wonder what's actually in my mind that time? do I really think seriously that I can earn my living doing that for the rest of my life? Probably not.
Now when I look at my soon I fell like I look at myself 20 years ago. He had the wild dream, a very distorted idea about things around him, limited knowledge of this world and a idealist ambition. And this all combined in his mind.
"So, Josiah...what do you want to be?"
Do you know what my son want to be at this point of his life?
I bet 99% of you can guess what it is.
Beware of the new FAT CONTROLLER!!!
This picture courtesy of his childminder.