When I grow up…

I’ve done my life the wrong way round really. I have a child starting her A-levels this year. I am only 32.

When I grow up I don’t want to be wealthy. I don’t want to settle down. I don’t aspire to have a big house in the country, with a mortgage to match, or expensive holidays. I’m not looking to start a family either. I’ve done that bit.

When I grow up I want to be free. I want to shed responsibility, not gain it. When I grow up I want to be able to choose where I live and what I do. I want to get up and go to bed whenever I feel like it and if I fancy going somewhere for a while, I will just go.

I’ve always harboured a secret dream of living in a mobile library, travelling around, selling interesting books and visiting interesting places.

A friend saw this and took a picture for me. “I thought it’d be perfect for you,” he said. “It has ‘The Universe at Your Fingertips’ written down the side.”

I love it.

The Universe at Your Fingertips.

That’s what I want when I grow up.



  1. Beth
    16 January, 2011 / 6:40 pm

    Books and travelling around – sounds like the perfect job. When I grow up I want to be able to tell my mother what I’ve done at the weekend and not have to justify myself.

    • 17 January, 2011 / 12:27 pm

      You can come and have a weekend job on the book bus if you like Beth…

  2. 16 January, 2011 / 8:54 pm

    Can I say you must have a great friend :D When I grow up I want to relax… and not feel guilty about it.

    • 17 January, 2011 / 12:26 pm

      Yeah, that’s always a nice feeling! Good luck with that…

    • 17 January, 2011 / 12:26 pm

      Ooh I love that dome bit at the front – I can picture myself standing, staring out of that in a commanding way.

  3. 17 January, 2011 / 4:48 am

    I think that is a perfect dream. I know I would buy books from you.

    • 17 January, 2011 / 12:24 pm

      Thank you Brian – I will hold you to that when my van makes it that far :-)

  4. 20 August, 2013 / 9:36 am

    This post made me smile – but where did all the mobile libraries go!?

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