Not Such A Big Dream


Linking up to Mama Kat’s Writing Workshop today. My prompt is: What was your big dream for yourself when you were 18 and had graduated from high school?

Most of you will probably laugh when you read about my “big dream”.  I grew up in a very small town and my dream never included leaving the area.  

There probably has not been a person who hated school more than I did. (My sister will attest to this.)  When my high school graduation date was revealed, and I discovered that I would be graduating on my 18th birthday, I most likely squealed with delight.  That birthday was, at that point, my best birthday ever. And it still rates in the top five of all my birthdays.

College was not an option for several reasons.  So all through high school, and maybe even before, my dream was to get a secretarial job as soon as possible.  Throughout high school, I took classes that would help make that “big” dream a reality: typing, shorthand, business math, bookkeeping.

From the first time I ever touched a typewriter, I’ve loved to type.  That’s one reason I love blogging!

I was fortunate to find a job nearby within a couple of weeks of graduating from high school.  It was a clerical position and involved typing up sales orders. But within a few months, I was promoted to a secretarial job, which I held until I left the company nine years later when my son was born.

So I definitely realized my “big” dream.

Mama’s Losin’ It


20 responses to “Not Such A Big Dream

  1. Big dream after high school? I was just glad it was over. It was just after Viet Nam (for us “older folks”) and I left home at 18 for a tour in the Navy. The big dream was to earn the GI Bill college beneifts and go to school. 22 years later I retired. But I still have big dreams..isnt that what keeps us going? Good luck with the tooth, update us Friday.

  2. I love to type but I quickly discovered that I loathe secretarial work, particularly the hours. I am definitely not a 9-5 person. Of course I have whacked out brain chemistry and this contributes to my very non-traditional sleeping schedule. I literally fall into a severe depressive state quite quickly when I try to work the old 9-5. I do wish I’d kept up my shorthand skills though. That was kind of like knowing code, and it was great fun taking notes in it.

  3. What I liked about this post is that the dream was yours, not someone else’s plan for your life. You followed your own chosen path, good for you!

    My sights were set on becoming a Stewardess; my parents did not agree and I ended up in the world of business, always wondering what life might have been like had I flown those friendly skies.

    Great post!

  4. As a fellow ‘small town girl’ I can relate to your dreams. I think it’s wonderful that you 1) Had a dream and 2) Did what you needed to do to make your dream come alive. No matter what our dreams are, it’s important to make ’em happen!

  5. Guess it runs in the family to have that “big” dream of getting a secretarial job!! Although Daddy encouraged Rose and I to take those courses because he wanted us to have a way to make a living.
    But I NEVER held a secretarial job except for a just a few months…you know yourself, I was a “Jill of all trades” until I found my home at the library!
    That dream of yours financed the dream of your Mustang and Chevelle!!!
    Remember when you moved from the clerical pool to the secretary job…Big sis always had a shoulder to cry on and still does!!

  6. Big Dream. My big dream was like Patty to become a stewardess because of my love for travel and languages. So in my 50’s when I retired a few years ago, I applied with a major airline. They offered me a position to start out six months in Newark. (My home is TX!) When I asked about living accommodations they said I could go in on a “crash pad” with other employees. Staying at home to care for my grandson became my dream and best option. Although the timing wasn’t right…I played it out. Now, I’m satisfied.

  7. I was glad when graduation day came, too. And I also love to type; it’s just one of those things. I started working at the Castle after graduation, but they’ve closed it up (see past posts..) Looks like it’s retail on Main St. for now!

  8. I agree with the comments – that’s great you achieved your dream! Sometimes it’s the simple things in life that turn out the best. I mean, look at your blogging skills – you’re a fab typist 🙂

  9. we sound very much alike. i took all sorts of business classes and worked as a student secretary for the guidance counselor during my junior summer and part-time my senior year – and had goals of being a secretary. somehow that morphed into bookkeeping and accounting, then compensation work. but yes, i was that same girl in high school – no dreams of college. no dreams of moving 1100 miles away. no big city life. and yet…

  10. Overcoming Illness With Joy

    It IS great that you achieved your dream! It’s most important to have dreams and goals, rather than everyone thinking they have to be the President of the United States before they have attained success. My dreams since high school have changed a great deal, but I still love the direction my life has gone and is headed. Keep dreaming!

  11. By the time I finished high school, more girls were going to college, but up until then, most of the ones I knew got married and started a family. Since I had no prospects of this happening for me, I went to college, and met a wonderful boy who I married later, and lived happily ever after. Thanks for the thought provoking blog!

  12. That was my dream, too… I am now an admin for a wonderful boss 🙂

  13. That was my dream too! I loved typing and shorthand and would have been very happy doing that as a career. Well then, my mom decided that wasn’t a big enough dream for me and sent me off to college. My mom had huge dreams for me, and since she insisted, I complied. Mom knows best, right?

  14. Maybe it wasn’t so much a dream as it was a plan. So many graduate from HS and even college and have no idea what they want to do or how to go about doing it. You prepared for the future you wanted and you were ready for it. The dream is doing what you love and being fulfilled by it–I think many miss that boat too! Stopping by from Mama Kat’s…

  15. I’m happy you achieved what you wanted too. When I was 18 and graduated from HS, I wanted to go away to school, become a nurse, marry a rich football player, and be a stay at home mom. Didn’t happen that way at all. Well, I did go away to school and did get married… but not to a rich football player and of course, I’m a full time mom and social worker, so no staying at home for me. 🙂 I still think about going back for nursing every now and then… maybe someday! For now, I’ll stick to what I know.. social work!

  16. My first dream was to be a stewardess, but I grew too tall. Not that my dad would have ever let me leave home until I was married, anyway! I took the same courses, so I could get a “respectable” job; no college option (that I knew of). But I really didn’t want to be a secretary, though the skills have served me well. My Plan B was to get married and be a mom, and that I accomplished.

  17. I love that you love to type and look where it’s taken you?

    My mother, a former school teacher, always had a typewriter and I loved to play “office,” listening to the clickety clack of the typewriter, organizing things and writing notes (of what, I have no idea). I’ve had a long & varied career that started … as a Secretary! The skills learned there are still reverted to and, like you, I still love to type.

    What a great story 🙂 MJ

  18. You made your dream a reality, and that’s all that matters!

  19. Like Pattisj, my dream was to leave our small town and become a stewardess. Unlike her, I wasn’t tall enough!

  20. Susan Burt Smelser

    I may have hated school more than you did! and I still cringe whenever I have a training class at work

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