Friday, 25 July 2008

Childhood dreams

Reminiscing on times past is said by many psychologists to be beneficial for old people. And I guess this makes perfect sense. After all, you might no longer have your good health but you will probably feel a whole lot better to know you had it once.

It’s not clear how far back we can reminisce. But some adults say that they can remember childhood experiences as young as 4 years old. Quite what has happened to our memories of our even younger years is anyone’s guess. It could be that they are still in our mind yet inaccessible, or perhaps they are not there at all.

But while old people like to look back, children like to look forward.

And one of the most common things that children dream about is what they will be doing for a living as an adult.

But unfortunately dreams don’t always come true. Because, as discovered by recent research undertaken by Opinium in the UK, only one in seven of us will turn our childhood job dreams into reality.

This is pretty strange when you think about it because most of the popular dream jobs are actually very ordinary:

1. teacher
2. nurse
3. professional sports player
4. soldier
5. policeman.

But then again I wanted to be an astronaut.