Madeline Grace works for the South Burnett Times.
Madeline Grace works for the South Burnett Times. Elaelah Harley

OPINION: What do I want to be? The answer's not so simple

WHAT do I want to be?

My first memory of this question was when I was about five years old, and back then I was more sure of my career than I've been ever since.

I had recently been gifted a Thomas the Tank Engine train set, and I was 100 per cent positive I was going to be a train driver. Trains were my life for a good four months back then.

Next I thought I wanted to be a vet. My train obsession shifted into an animal obsession. However, there was a slight incident with a few roosters. When my mum informed me vets also have to care for roosters, I knew I needed a new dream.

When I was 10 and had just finished reading Harry Potter, I decided I wanted to teach at Hogwarts. This dream was crushed when I didn't receive a letter on my 11th birthday.

I decided the next best thing would be to get paid to read fantasy books, or really just any books.

High school me thought arguing with adults for a living might be fun, and for a few years I contemplated being a lawyer.

By the time Year 12 rolled around I had no idea what I wanted to do. I knew I enjoyed reading and writing, and with a scholarship to attend the University of Queensland, it felt like a waste not to apply for uni. I ended up enrolled in a Bachelor of Journalism and Arts.

Fast-forward four years and here I am now working for a newspaper.

What do I want to be now? Still no clue.

South Burnett


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