When I was in Year 1, I aspired to be a teacher… I have achieved that ambition!
Now I am older, I would like to walk one of the national long distance footpaths… This ambition will need some training!
UPDATE: I did walk 26 miles of the Test Valley Way (all in one go!) in September 2021!
Two years ago, I decided that I needed to get fitter so completed a 'Couch to 5K' running course. I loved it because I achieved a goal and met some lovely people in the process. Now, I have achieved my first goal, I would love to run 10K...
UPDATE: I completed my first ever 10km race at the end of September and loved it! My next challenge is to do more 10km events and perhaps 10 miles...
When I was at Primary School I wanted to be either a teacher or an author and to learn to play the piano... I achieved two out of three!
Now I am older I would like to learn a new language and a new musical instrument.
Growing up I dreamed of one day travelling the world, seeing as many animals in the wild as I could. I have now seen orangutans in Borneo, Komodo Dragons in Indonesia and been diving with sharks in Australia, to name just a few!
Having already walked to the top of Snowdon and Ben Nevis, the highest mountains in Wales and Scotland, I now hope to one day climb the highest mountain in England, Scafell Pike.
When I was in secondary school, I aspired to be a PE teacher because I have a real passion for sport.
Now I’m teaching at Alderbury I want to further my career and teach in a secondary school, where I can teach sport full time. I’m currently studying for a degree to achieve my next ambition.
When I was younger, I wanted to be an athlete and I was able to achieve this by competing as a sprinter around the country. I trained hard to be able to win lots of competitions and run the 100m in less than 10.5 seconds.
Unfortunately, I had to have knee surgery a few years ago, which meant I couldn't race anymore. However, my aspiration is now to help and support children who have a passion for sport reach their goals.
Accompanying these two photographs, taken 25 years apart, is the knowledge that aspirations have a habit of morphing and changing quite dramatically!
When I was young I wanted to be a surgeon, or work as an animator for Disney ... or possibly both! Life teaches us to adapt and keep moving forwards and although it took me until I was in my thirties to start, I am very happy I chose to be a teacher.
My current most pressing aspiration probably matches that of many middle-aged Mums up and down the country: I would dearly love to have my family with me at home for Christmas ... fingers crossed!
I would like to take an A level in French and finally do some formal Art qualifications ... the plan was always to retire to France - back to Nerac in Lot et Garonne, hosting art-based holidays with customers staying in gites in the garden... aim high, always aim high!
Other than that, I WILL do Go Ape at Moors Valley next year ... although I am a bit worried about getting stuck (rather like Winnie the Pooh) in the high wire horizontal barrels.
When I was young I wanted to be a hairdresser but as I got older and left school my career took a different path.
As I married and had a family, I didn’t have the opportunity to travel much and so this is definitely something I still want to do.
My family and I enjoy holidays to Spain every year and my dream would be to buy a holiday home there to spend some quality family time in the sun when I retire. It would be good to learn some Spanish to help with communicating with the locals!
Hopefully when the CoViD-19 pandemic is over we can enjoy holidays abroad again, but it might take a lottery win for the rest of my dream to become reality!