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What were your childhood ambitions?

What did you want to be when you were young?

Did you yearn to be a princess? A superhero? Or were your career choices rather more realistic – a teacher, perhaps, or working with animals?

"When I grow up, I want to be a Power Ranger"

Children’s ambitions are always fascinating. When I was in junior school, many of my male friends wanted to be train drivers – a cliché, maybe, but one actually did realise his ambition. Another wanted to be an astronomer. I always wonder if he made it.

My girl friends had varying ideas as to how they would fill their fays in adulthood – a few thought they would be hairdressers (some did), others teachers.

I was adamant – as a seven-year-old – that I would be a ballerina, despite never having had a ballet lesson in my life. I had some ballet shoes, but that was as far as I got with that.

In fact, my dancing career comprised tap and disco lessons (not at the same time) and Latin American classes. I gave up the cha-cha, however, when I was asked to partner A BOY and enter competitions. I was 13. That wasn’t going to happen. Urgh.

I don’t recall anyone having burning ambitions to be an accountant or work in insurance.

The reason I ask is because I wonder how different children’s ambitions are nowadays compared to ours? The world is a very different place, but are there boys who still hanker to be train drivers?

Yesterday, my daughter, who has long said she would love to work as a special effects make-up artist, suddenly said she wanted to read medicine at university instead. That was a bit of a curve ball, but as she is only 12 I am not holding her to it.

Her revelation led to my son (9) to claim he wanted to be a rally driver. I think a Wii game in his possession may be responsible for that.

Did you pursue your childhood dream? And what about your children – what do they want to be when they grow up?