What do you want to be when you grow up?

Question: When you were young, how often would you get asked, “What do you want to be when you grow up?”

I noticed recently that Little MrC would get asked that question a lot. I think it could be because he is getting older. When he was younger he said that he wanted to become a fire fighter. Now he says he wants to teach.

When I was a kid, I’d get asked that quite often, too. I recently had a conversation about my childhood ambitions with my mom and cousin, and they reminded me about some funny things I said I wanted to become when I was a little girl.

I think that my earliest answer was that I wanted to be Little Miss Philippines. Like Aiza Seguerra. No kidding. That was in 1987 (yes, I Googled it,) which would have made me 4 years old at the time.

This little baby wanted to become a kiddie pageant queen!
This little baby wanted to be a kiddie pageant queen!


Honestly, I completely forgot about this until my mom brought it up. Looking back, I remember practicing my introduction using our bedroom doorknob as my microphone. I never joined Little Miss Philippines (thank goodness!) and I eventually stopped watching noon time shows. And with that, the dream thankfully died.

My cousin says that she remembers me saying that I wanted to become a Ginebra Super Angel like my mom. I’m not sure how to explain what the Super Angels were, but they were sort of a girl group that performed during Ginebra events, and on TV to promote the brand and the basketball team. You had to be able to sing and dance to join, and from my mom’s old photos I could see that they were all tall, slim and pretty.

I don’t remember actually saying that I wanted to be a Super Angel, but I remember wanting to be a dancer like my mom. After her stint with Ginebra, she worked for a while as a VIP dancer in Vilma Santos’ Vilma In Person TV show. Alas, I eventually learned that I have really bad stage fright, so that dream died, too.

Yes, I once was some sort of pompom girl. I think that I was in the fourth grade in this picture.
Yes, I once was some sort of pompom girl. I think that I was in the fourth grade in this picture.


When I was eight years old I fell in love with Sweet Valley Kids, and that was the moment that I decided I wanted to become I writer. I went on to read Sweet Valley Twins, High and University, Sweet Dreams, and Love Stories, as well as classics like Little Women and Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.

I grew up loving books, and writing letters and journal entries. I would exchange short stories with friends. Writing was something that came naturally to me. I knew that I had found an ambition that could actually work for me. So far, it has been working out well.

Truth: I still dream of writing fiction someday. I don’t know if I’m ready for it yet because, to me, writing fiction feels like baring your soul, except that you are using made up characters and scenarios. Then again, I guess all forms of writing requires some sort of soul-baring. Right?

I’m not giving up on that dream just yet. If someday I do complete a book, you guys buy it okay?

What did you want to be when you grew up? Is that what you are now?


About MrsC | Patricia Cuyugan

I am a happy mom and housewife. Outside of this, I'm also a writer, a crocheter, and a self-taught home cook. I'm part of a book club, and I enjoy binge-watching my favorite TV shows. I'm super entertaining on Instagram, Twitter and Snapchat! Follow me: MrsPCuyugan.

8 thoughts on “What do you want to be when you grow up?

  1. I think I wanted to be an engineer because I love math. Then I wanted to be an accountant because I fell in love with math each day. But then I ended up taking BS statistics because, well, I was challenged by Math. Now, after 8 years of working in SEO world, I wanted to be a very good blogger/writer, haha! So now, I am starting to refresh my English and I want to learn more about creative writing!

  2. I remember just role playing being a mom. And here I am! I honestly think I was born to be a mom. Back in my school years (as in from grade school to college), I was always a mother figure for some reason. Like I’d be the sumbungan and the comfort person of my barkada.

  3. When I was little, I wanted to be a flight attendant (dati stewardess pa), but then I found out dapat matangkad and without glasses, so I didn’t pursue that. I didn’t even know what course to take. And then I wanted to be a fashion designer ’cause I like drawing girls and designing their dresses, but knowing I needed to learn about the technical things like fabric, etc, discouraged me. Then, I started writing poems when I was 10, and then, I wanted to be a poet, or a writer. I’m doing it, but it’s all on my blog. That means, none of my dreams came true, actually. Hehe!

  4. i love books too, writing poems and journals, & i used to dream and write my own fictional story. siyempre ako ang bida, sun princess, very original dba? may hand written notebook ako about it tas hnram ng hs friend ko, ayun nawala.. lol
    go ahead and fulfill your dream sis. you’ll never know, baka maging movie yan! ;P

  5. Oh I’ll buy it. Go write it already. 🙂

    My very first dream was to be an Ice Skater because of Ice Castles but we didn’t have Ice skating rinks that time. I wanted to do ballet, but my dad didn’t want my male partners to be toughing under my legs when we do lifts, so I had to let that go too. Then I wanted to be a Dyna dancer, hehe. That went on for a while. Everybody thought it was inconceivable. I wish I was surrounded with more encouraging people. But oh well, at the end of the day, God brings us to his purpose in our lives. 🙂

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