17 Dreamy Jobs We Loved as Kids but Would Never Do as Adult

When we were children, our career aspirations often reflected our boundless imaginations. Here’s a nostalgic list of 17  jobs we once dreamt of, but might view differently through the lens of adulthood.

Astronaut

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As youngsters, many of us dreamt of soaring through space. The weightlessness, the stars, and the mystique of unknown planets appealed to our sense of adventure. However, the risks, isolation, and rigorous training involved make many adults think twice.

Princess or Prince

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While fairytales painted a glamorous picture of royal life, the actual responsibilities and expectations surrounding royalty can be stifling. As adults, we come to value our privacy and autonomy, often more than a crown.

Dinosaur Hunter

Dinosaurs (150 Million Years Ago)
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Digging up ancient bones and confronting ferocious creatures seemed like the pinnacle of excitement. Yet, today’s reality of being a paleontologist involves painstaking research, long hours, and far less dino-chasing than we imagined.

Superhero

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Donning a cape and saving the world was the ultimate fantasy. Still, the weight of constantly battling villains, coupled with the stress of a secret identity, seems less appealing when weighed against a peaceful evening at home.

Pirate

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Searching for treasure on the high seas with a trusty crew sounded exhilarating. But with the knowledge of scurvy, mutinies, and maritime law, it’s clear that a life of piracy is no easy feat.

Magician

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Pulling rabbits out of hats and making things disappear enthralled our younger selves. However, the countless hours of practice and the behind-the-scenes work required to master magic tricks seem rather daunting now.

Candy Tester

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Who wouldn’t want to sample sweets for a living? As adults, though, we understand that a diet solely of sugar is neither healthy nor sustainable. Plus, the dental bills!

Dragon Trainer

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Inspired by legends and movies, taming and flying on these mythical creatures seemed epic. But, logically assessing it, dragons don’t exist, and even if they did, training a fire-breathing beast might prove problematic.

Ghost Hunter

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The thrill of chasing the supernatural seemed enticing, fueled by spooky stories and films. But real-life paranormal investigations often involve dark, cold places and, more often than not, the absence of actual ghosts.

Mermaid or Merman

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Swimming through coral palaces and singing with underwater friends was a delightful dream. Reality checks remind us, though, that humans need air to breathe and can’t actually talk to fish.

Toy Designer

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Designing fun toys always sounded so delightful. However, when considering the ins and outs of making those toys safe and marketable, it’s clear there’s more to it than just fun and games.

Fire-Breathing Circus Performer

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The idea of breathing fire and dazzling audiences was nothing short of awesome. As adults, however, we recognize the inherent dangers and think safety first.

Knight in Shining Armor

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Who didn’t dream of being a valiant knight on a noble steed? The shiny armor and heroic tales were so enticing. But let’s admit, those armors must’ve been quite heavy to wear all day!

Rock Star

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The allure of the spotlight is undeniable. While many still chase this dream, the realities of constant touring, pressure to produce hits, and the challenges of fame can detract from the initial attraction.

Ice Cream Taste Tester

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Sampling every flavor sounds heavenly. However, doing it day in and day out might take the magic out of our favorite frozen treat. Even with ice cream, perhaps there can be too much of a good thing.

Time Traveler

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Bouncing between different eras seemed like an exciting and intriguing proposition. But pondering the complexities and potential pitfalls of time travel, it’s perhaps best left to fiction.

Treasure Map Maker

Being The Navigator In The Front Seat For A Road Trip – Goodbye Google Maps, Hello Atlas!
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Crafting intricate maps leading to buried treasure was an artistic dream. Yet, it’s a bit tricky to make maps for treasures that, well, don’t actually exist.

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While it’s easy for younger generations to feel like they’re steeped in slang, Boomers know that some of the best phrases have been passed down for years. Think you’re hip to all of them? Read on for 18 popular phrases of Baby Boomer slang. 

18 BABY BOOMER SLANG PHRASES THAT MAKE MILLENNIALS SCRATCH THEIR HEADS

20 THINGS OLD PEOPLE LOVE THAT THE REST OF US DON’T UNDERSTAND

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Different generations enjoy different things, but have you ever seen something an old person loves and thought to yourself, why? A recent internet survey asked, “What is something that old people love that you don’t understand?” Here are the top 20 answers.

20 THINGS OLD PEOPLE LOVE THAT THE REST OF US DON’T UNDERSTAND

20 THINGS WE DID WHEN WE WERE YOUNG THAT WE REGRET NOW

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It’s easy to say hindsight is 20/20, but what advice would you really give your younger self? Here are 20 things that most people did when they were young that they regret today. 

20 THINGS WE DID WHEN WE WERE YOUNG THAT WE REGRET NOW

THINK 60’S OLD? THESE 17 AWESOME FACTS WILL CHANGE YOUR MIND

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When it comes to aging, there’s no need to fear the big 6-0! In fact, it’s a cause for celebration! In this post I highlight the 17 things that make being 60 absolutely amazing — from newfound wisdom to retirement adventures. Let’s embrace our 60s together!

THINK 60’S OLD? THESE 17 AWESOME FACTS WILL CHANGE YOUR MIND

23 THINGS PEOPLE THINK YOU STOP DOING IN YOUR 50S BUT YOU DON’T

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As we enter midlife, there’s a common misconception that we have to “settle down” and “act our age.” However, we’re here to debunk this myth! So, check out this post as we list 23 things that people think you stop doing in your 50s but you don’t have to!

23 THINGS PEOPLE THINK YOU STOP DOING IN YOUR 50S BUT YOU DON’T